Recently, an exciting Vrumi one-day art installation took place in Clapham. The location chosen was The Glebe House, a beautiful and intriguing Georgian property, with multiple spaces available to be used. Artist Terry Perk brought in several of his artworks and placed them throughout the house, with an aim of questioning the relationship between the space and the viewer. Photographs were then taken at carefully considered angles, with a style reminiscent of estate agents, to capture a certain distorting effect, whether it was framing the space, collapsing it or repeating it.
Terry says that, ‘…space is never a given, but something produced through our interaction with it. I’m interested in ways of interrupting or confusing that production in some way. There might be something about the configuration of objects in a space that triggers a response, or the way in which the architecture directs my movement through a space that is worth playing with.’
Here, Terry explains why domestic spaces are a source of inspiration in his artwork. ‘Domestic interiors are culturally interesting as a particular kind of curated space. People often invest heavily, both economically and psychologically, in their home as an extension of themselves. The choice or placement of things and the judgments that we perceive others make through such choices reveal the domestic space as something that is never private, but always in some sense on show.’
‘Over the last year or so I’ve been assembling a series of small works that I had been thinking about as particular kinds of visual measuring devices. Like barometers I envisaged them as mobile works that might be used to somehow register something of the spatial context they were placed in, playing with the specificity of the site they were located in without being site-specific. Installing the works was an intuitive process, often adjusting the position of something very subtly to develop certain visual and physical relationships to the things already in and constituting the space. During this process I became very interested in the way the different works seemed to disappear, settle into or mirror the space.’ You can view an online version of Terry’s artist book, ‘Things in door-frames and other short stories’, which contains the final photographs and other experimental photographs from the day here.
When asked why he chose this property in particular, Terry explained that ‘it seemed to be a strongly curated space. The collection of objects, memorabilia and bric-a-brac were simultaneously casual and highly considered. I was interested in confronting this curation through the placement of the sculptural works, such that one might be forgiven for thinking that they somehow belong there, despite their absurdity.’
The day was an artistic experiment, to explore how an artist reacts to a space and considers spatial arrangements. Terry said that Vrumi spaces ‘seem ideal for hosting more intimate events, such as seminars, salons or screenings.’ The platform opens up opportunities for artists to test ideas in alternative places and to discover how the environment your work is in changes the way you see it and its outcome. Vrumi also allows you to create artwork in your ideal setting, whether it is a tranquil and bright space or an industrial warehouse, for example. There is also the fantastic opportunity of putting on pop-up exhibitions in some great locations not only in London but across the UK.
If you’d like to explore the potential of using the beautiful spaces at The Glebe House, which is also a boutique B&B and has its own programme of talks, workshops and supper club nights, you can do so via Vrumi.