Susan Forsyth exhibition and talk + Sir Terence Conran, Patrick Caulfield, and our ideal home

Neue Slowenische Kunst posters and photographs ready to install

Our good friend Michele Drascek arrived from Ljubljana with the rest of the archive for our next show Neue Slowenische Kunst 1984-1992 and now the installation begins in earnest.

Road works: Susan Forsyth's exhibition on the Old Brompton Road

Meanwhile artist and former CHELSEA space Assistant Susan Forsyth is stopping the traffic with her brilliant new exhibition Goldplay at the Royal Society of British Sculptors at 108 Old Brompton Road. London.

Susan Forsyth 'Jacob's Ladder II'

The exhibition is essentially in two parts with the impressive ‘Jacob’s Ladder II’ making an eight metre golden architectural intervention outside of the building and Wiff-Waff IV, an interactive ping pong table, inside the gallery.

detail of the gold leaf surface of Wiff-Waff IV

Both pieces have a slab-like matter of fact aspect to them but a closer inspection of the surfaces reveal that they are both gilded in gold leaf creating a lustrous and complex detail that relates to the history of art and craft.

Golden shot: CHELSEA space's Caitlin Smyth plays on Susan Forsyth's Wiff-Waff IV

Susan has created several interactive Wiff-Waff tables and held tournaments. The Wiff-Waff IV table also has a trophy cup and a competition was held on Saturday 10th March. Susan is giving a talk in her exhibition TODAY – Wednesday 14th March at 6.30pm  – don’t miss it!

Bill Beckley Silent Ping Pong at CHELSEA space with Short Story for Hopscotch in foreground

Susan generously acknowledges that one of the influences for the the Wiff-Waff tables was the American artist Bill Beckley’s Silent Ping Pong shown at CHELSEA space as part of The Ping Pong Dialogues curated by the brilliant Jo Melvin in 2008.

Bill Beckley and Sir Nicholas Serota discuss the surface of the Silent Ping Pong tables at CHELSEA space

The silent aspect of Beckley’s Silent Ping Pong was due to the fact that the surfaces of the tables and the bats (or “paddles”) were made of foam which created a disorientating effect when one tried to play.

reconstruction of Sir Terence Conran's study including two watercolours of smoking pipes by Patrick Caulfield

Over at the Design Museum there is a very good show dedicated to the varied career of Sir Terence Conran. CHELSEA space was very pleased to note that, amongst the models, books and objects in a reconstruction of Sir Terence’s study, were two watercolour versions of Smoking Pipes  by the late Patrick Caulfield.

Patrick Caulfield Untitled (Smoking Pipe) 1997 from 'ideal home' at CHELSEA space in 2011

Another version of Untitled (Smoking Pipe) 1997 was included in the CHELSEA space exhibition ideal home last year. The work was kindly loaned to us by Jason Brown who was the curator/driver of CHELSEA cab and Cab Gallery , Jason was the subject of a recent CHELSEA space blog which you can read here

installation view of 'ideal home' at CHELSEA space including Patrick Caulfield's Smoking Pipe 1997

The Terence Conran exhibition at the Design Museum seems to lie somewhere between exhibition design and the techniques of  aspirational ‘room sets’ that Conran utilises so well in his retail displays. He even included a section on his latest work for the British retailer Marks and Spencer creating an interesting scenario where visitors can see the work in the museum and then go out and buy the same objects. This play on the balance of exhibition/retail room set was what CHELSEA space was looking for in the exhibition making of ideal home