Storeroom/ showroom

PRIME exhibited images from the archival information gathered during our residency in the storeroom at PS2 so far during Late Night Thursday on the 6th of October. The PS2 gallery window was frosted over and the images were back-projected onto it during the night. Below is the PS2 mail-out with further details on the work so far:

Late Night Art:’Storeroom/Showroom’-

Thursday, 06 October 2011, 6-9pm

Object 08: ‘Paint roller tray with peachy coloured paint hardened onto it, 2 rollers one large and one small are hardened into the paint, a piece of plastic bag is stuck to the top of the roller tray and  roller paint is completely solid, it looks like it has all been there for quite some time. A darker colour of paint partially covers the handle of the roller.’

Imagine: all your hidden objects from your drawer or your tucked away household items from the loft- which might and will never be of use in the future- are shown in public. Projected against the window for everyone to see: a pleasant idea, a public clean up or a nightmare?
The Storeroom/Showroom project undertaken by Belfast-based artist collective PRIME (Charlotte Bosanquet, Alissa Kleist, Tonya McMullan) takes the form of an artistic excavation, whereby the three members of PRIME investigate the objects found in the storeroom adjacent to the gallery.

So far, the work undertaken by PRIME has consisted of a three-stage process that is done in sections over different days.

The process consists of:

Stage 1- Archiving

Stage 1 consists of carefully removing each individual object from the storeroom (this is done by methodically working from the front towards the back of the room). Using a computer, the object is allocated a number, and a detailed description of the object is given, with information about its size, colour, shape etc., describing any interesting or noticeable features. The object is then brought upstairs to be photographed.

Stage 2- Photographing

During Stage 2, each object is set-up in a well-lit area with its pre-allocated number clearly displayed next to it (this is done using cardboard number plates). The object is then photographed, and care is taken that the object is displayed similarly to how it was found in the storeroom. The object is then placed in a queue where it will be collected to be stored

Stage 3- Storing

The object is given a stick-on label with its pre-allocated number marked on it. It is then brought to a secondary storage space elsewhere in the building. Here it is placed on a shelf, together with other similar or related items from the storeroom. The object’s number is then added to a ground plan its outline is sketched on a second plan showing a frontal perspective of the secondary storage space. There is an area in the secondary storage space allocated for objects that are thought to be rubbish, broken or of no apparent value.

Using this three-stage process PRIME will create a detailed written and visual inventory of what was in the storeroom, what it looked like and where it was re-positioned for possible future use. Once the entire storeroom has been emptied entirely a more detailed history of a number of objects will be investigated


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