LUXURY COMPLEX

Luxury Complex: Repossesion (2017)

A group show featuring collaborative and individual works by Lisa Cradduck, Marc Hulson, Dean Kenning and Andy Sharp at Five Years Gallery. It was a follow on from Luxury Complex: Remembering Satan, also at Five Years (see below). The exhibition included a new video installation Luxury Zone which adapted promotional videos for luxury housing schemes and regenration zones in London.


 

Luxury Zone, video installation, 2017. Installation video

 

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Luxury Zone, video frame

 

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Luxury Zone, video frame

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Panel for 'exquisite corpse' wall projection, 2017

 

 

Luxury Complex: Remembering Satan (2015)

Luxury Complex: Remembering Satan’ was an exhibition as serialized novella, degenerating over four consecutive weekends. Its meta-narratives are stimulated by parody, pareidolia, hypnotic regression and mimetic contagion.

E L Palmer’s novel Luxury Complex (Impress, 1972) depicts a 21st century upmarket housing development, built on the grounds of a derelict children’s hospital, part of a secret programme to convert public health facilities into secure residences for the wealthy. As the new owners move in, sentient spores of black mould begin to seep through the walls of their luxury apartments, and on into their dreams. Contagion becomes parasitic control and gentrified apocalypse ensues.

A forgotten but prophetic pulp horror, Luxury Complex apparently predicted the true story of ritual abuse at the heart of London’s contemporary property market. Cradduck, Hulson, Kenning and Sharp have interpreted and adapted the tone and tale of Palmer’s forgotten novel as an exhibition.

The exhibition took place at Five Years gallery.

For more details about the unfolding exhibition narrative see this website.

 

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Book cover

 

Installation photo

 

Mural

 

Book with mould

 

Panel display detail (archive photo of 'Holy Ground' mural)

 

Documentation of london hospital buildings to be converted into luxury housing