the centre of attention


Leaving on a flat bed picture plane
(Migration, rupture and disenchantment)

curated by the Centre of Attention

John Armleder/Team 404, Emi Avora, Calum Colvin,
Donna Conlon, Gareth Jones, Valérie Mréjen, Frida Yngström

Unit 201, 54-58 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP
opening: Friday 17 February, 7 to 9 pm
18 Feb to 12 March 2006, Sat & Sun, 1 to 6 pm

(images here)



John Armleder Team 404 Calum Colvin Valerie Mrejen Valerie Mrejen

The notion of disorientation and reconstruction is literally built in to Calum Colvin's works, which originate
All my bags are packed
as three-dimensional sets painted over to create the illusion of a flat image.
I'm ready to go
In Valérie Mréjen's Dieu, eight people who were born into ultra-Orthodox Jewish families recount

I'm standing here outside your door
memories associated with their departure from religion: the moment when the decision was taken,

I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
the first violation of a prohibition, the performance of an act never allowed before.

But the dawn is breakin',
For most of the photographed subjects, that moment marked the beginning

It's early morning
of the rift with their families and of total rejection by their community.

The taxi's waitin'
In Todo arreglado, Donna Conlon's hand places garbage in unusual places in the city

He's blowin' his horn
by inserting plastic bags in trees or fences; and glass bottles, plastic caps, forks, spoons, and

Already I'm so lonesome
straws in small holes or spaces where they seem to fit perfectly.

I could die
Gareth Jones "I spend a lot of time cycling through the City of London and I look at the office foyers,

So kiss me and smile for me
and there's always a chair and a plant and a painting, and I like the idea that actually the chair,

Tell me that you'll wait for me
the plant and the painting might really all be totally equivalent even though, as a culture, we decide to

Hold me like you'll never let me go.
give them different hierarchies of value."

I'm leavin' on a jet plane
"Yellow Pages" by John Armleder and Team 404 contains contributions of over 500 artists from all over the world,
I don't know when I'll be back again
randomly overlapped and printed two times. Conceived as an improbable Yellow Pages directory
Oh, babe, I hate to go.
the question of how to use it and what type of communication it can lead to, remains open.
There's so many times I've let you down
Emi Avora Born: Greece Lives and works in London Education: RA Schools, Dip; Ruskin School of Fine Art,
So many times I've played around
BOC Emerging Artist Shortlist 2004; Armory Show, NY, 2005; Greenberg Van Doren Gallery...
I tell you now, they don't mean a thing
Frida går fjärde året på Valand efter att ha gått Central Saint-Martin´s College
Ev'ry place I go, I'll think of you
Hon har deltagit med så kallad performative art på gallerier i Melbourne, Bogota och Stockholm.

Ev'ry song I sing, I'll sing for you…

  Emi Avora Emi Avora Donna Conlon Frida Yngstrom