HOXTON STREET PUBLIC SPACE
PEER has transformed the public realm space where Hoxton Street meets Fanshawe Street with trees, paving, a raised bed of planting, seating and bike parking and public art commissions by Chris Ofili and London Fieldworks. Our adjacent gallery façade has been renovated with floor to ceiling windows making our exhibitions more visible from the street and integrating the organisation further into the local environment. These works have served to underline PEER’s core ethos to make the experience of the highest quality art part of everyday life.
A four-metre high freestanding pedestal clock has been installed on Hoxton Street and PEER’s first annual clock commission is Black Hands by Chris Ofili, drawing on his longstanding connections to the area. For this work Ofili has selected 12 of his tiny signature ‘Afrohead’ pencil drawings to replace the numerals on the clock face, while four illuminated ‘Afromuses’ portrait heads grace the rotating lightbox beneath.
Interdisciplinary art practice London Fieldworks (Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson) has designed a large-scale permanent installation which is open to occupation to local wildlife. Spontaneous City: Hoxton is a 10 metre long sculpture made up of 212 bird and insect boxes modelled on the compact social housing in the area. Installed above a raised planting bed, the artists have described this work as a ‘poetic and eccentric space creation experiment for birds.’
Planting design was undertaken by Yvonne Say and Jane Heather and local practice Trevor Horne Architects developed the original designs for the layout of the space.
Read more about PEER's 2015 to 2016 capital project here.
London Fieldworks (LFW) is an interdisciplinary arts practice based in east London, co-founded by artists Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson in 2000 for creative research and collaboration. Their projects explore a complex inter-working of social, natural, and technological worlds; they work across installation, sculpture, architecture, film, publishing with works made for the gallery, in the landscape, for screen and radio. Recent projects include Remote Performances in collaboration with Resonance 104.4FM (Glen Nevis, Scotland, 2014); Spontaneous City NY (New York, 2013); Null Object: Gustav Metzger thinks about nothing (London, Liverpool, Hannover, Philadelphia, 2012) http://londonfieldworks.com
Chris Ofili was born in Manchester, England, in 1968, and currently lives and works in Port of Spain, Trinidad. He has his BA in Fine Art from Chelsea School of Art (1991 and an MA in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art (1993). Solo exhibitions have been presented internationally, including the New Museum, New York (2014), travelling to Aspen Art Museum (2015); The Arts Club of Chicago (2010); Tate Britain, London (2010 and 2005); kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2006), and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2005). He represented Britain in the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and won the Turner Prize in 1998. His works are held in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including the British Museum, London; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; MoMA, New York; Tate, London; the V&A London; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
This project has been generously supported by: