Dirty Pools 01

Hunt, Matthew J
Dirty Pools

29 August - 31 August 2014

1pm to 6pm Friday to Sunday

Private View: Friday 29 August, 6pm to 8pm

Acme Project Space 44 Bonner Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9JS


Special thanks to

Janet Holmes à Court

Copyright Agency Australia

& Exhibition Continues Ltd



For over a decade I struggled with it. The painting trolley was a beast, handed on from technician to technician. It had hallmarks of both over and under engineering in the same object and extreme functionality. The use of found materials and lack of aesthetic care signified this trolley as a construction of need, a utilitarian device made under financial constraint. I loved this trolley and even though it was difficult, it also made my life easier. But there was more to it than that. It had an aesthetic and artistic life of its own. It most senses of the word it was ugly, especially the carpeting which was based on vomity brown remnants. This constantly challenged the works placed upon it - elevating some and diminishing others, almost like an experimental curatorial project allowing for the free mixing of works never meant placed together. Briefly things lived and died on that trolley. The mixing, the free play between mediums, subjects, styles, values, histories and authorship was an invigorating day to day experience for an artist working in the institutional art world. The trolley allowed a conceptual space away from the objective process of art handling and economic artistic survival.               

MH 2014