The Smallest Gallery in Soho is delighted to present a new installation by William Martin. The title of the work is ‘Liam’ about a domestic space of a Soho resident. He is being evicted from his property in the next 2 months by the council because it has been sold to a property developer. The space has been created in parallel with Martin’s art as a ceramicist: his works, creative explorations and references.
The Smallest Gallery in Soho is a historic shop-front which faces onto Dean Street, in the heart of Soho. The aim of this intimate gallery is to display artwork that captures people’s attention on their journey through Soho and encourage them to stop, think and be inspired. It hopes to transcend the rapid changes of building developments and the dispersion of the creative cohort — that was once so vibrant within the area — by exhibiting free and engaging art works to view from the street.
The space was established by The Garage Soho, an early stage investor company that champions brand building and creativity.
With ‘Liam’ the gallery and artist are inviting you to look at this universe of this Soho room and home.
For many this is now gone. Those who had Soho as their neighbourhood, who made Soho’s spirit – that is being commercialised today for visitor’s consumption. Alike many other areas of London.
Have you seen Liam? He must leave his place in 2 months. The council has sold the building to a property developer and he is being forced out of his Soho home he has lived in for the past 30 years.
Liam is around 5’10”, in his 50s, grey hair, dresses well, a massive ceramics collector and his partner is worried about him because he has left without taking his medication. Do get in contact with us if you see him.
The concept of a space has been created in parallel with Martin’s art works, alongside the variety of pieces and memories that make up this character’s life.
A skilled ceramicist, South African born Martin has exhibited in the UK, New York and South Africa. He was apprenticed to Master Potter John Bauer while studying Anthropology, Art History and English at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. At 21, Martin was selected as one of 100 artists to participate in the South African Biennial, Spier Contemporary 2011. He then came to London to continued his studies in Modern and Contemporary Art History at Christie’s Education. Martin worked as a studio technician and teacher at Turning Earth Ceramics, before being selected for a year long residency at the Florence Trust in Highbury.
Martin is currently based in Peckham Rye, where he has studios in the Bussey Building and the Kiln Rooms. With a Focus on installation, Martin’s work explores themes of absence, masculinity, and colonial history. Individual and collective identity, power and privilege are enshrined in the material, form and pattern of Martin’s work.
Martin’s first solo exhibition in London ‘OBJECT/IMAGE’ was held at Velorose in June –
August 2017, with two concurrent affiliated shows in July; ‘@HOME’ saw his work
transferred to a domestic setting – an inhabited apartment upstairs from the gallery, and
‘ARCH’, where this artwork was suspended at the crossing of a Neo-Gothic Grade I listed
church in Highbury, London.
The Smallest Gallery in Soho will have displays rotating every two months.
‘Liam’ will be on from between April and June 2018
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