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Interior Monologues in the Work of Elise Harmsen & Jimmy Nuttal


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Interior Monologues in the Works of Elise Harmsen and Jimmy Nuttal
September 19 - October 22 2017
(Opens 6pm Tuesday 19th September)

Interior Monologues brings together two artists with intimate and revealing works that articulate an anxious focus on the sensual psychological dimensions of the mundane domestic spaces we inhabit. Interior Monologues re-enacts the privacy and interior sanctity of the home environment in the gallery/public space where the artists works create sensitive and poignant portraits of our human longing to belong. Interior Monologues is the second exhibition at True Estate program of curated shows exploring true stories from the built environment.

Jimmy Nuttall “Shower (MASSACHUSETTS)” 2012-2017 is a working shower cubicle installed in the gallery space, Nuttall's DIY craft project aesthetic of the construction lends the work a humanist spontaneous quality. The partly tiled mosaic backsplash illustrates three male figures, two on one wall, the other closer up on another, set amidst a scattering of yellow daisy like flowers. The figures are all turned away from the viewer and the mosaic tiles are used to create shadow patterns on their bodies highlighting the contrast between indoors and outdoors evoked seeing a shower in a gallery space. “Shower” as a form embodies its function with all its water-piped apparatuses, silicone sealings, grills and openings, shower almost could be a body without organs. Even implicit in the word Shower (someone who shows) are suggestions of intimate tactile body realness melded with the performative stage of the shower cubicle bringing to mind the public and private, inside-out spaces in our bodies and our homes.

Elise Harmsen’s video installation “tout va bien” 2017, translates to English as “everything is fine” suggesting an outer projection/protection reassurance covering an inner reality where things are perhaps less fixed. Harmsen cleverly re-flims edits from Polanski’s “Repulsion” (1965), she recreates the frames and shots inside her own apartment, replicating the way the camera focuses on then flows over interior details picking up textures as light touches the surfaces in black and white. Specific aspects of Polanski’s film are referenced in Harmsen’s work, primarily the earlier scenes where the central characters disorientation was emerging and the horror of the film is most intensely experienced through the claustrophobia of the interior of the apartment. Harmsen then layers together both versions in post production creating a distinctive shadowed effect implying an additional layer of unconscious components to the scenes somehow replaying an interior monologue.

True Estate gallery is located above The Alderman a bespoke deco bar @ 134 Lygon Street, East Brunswick.


Elise Harmsen tout va bien 2017, image from installation at 55 Sydenham Road

Elise Harmsen tout va bien 2017, image from installation at 55 Sydenham Road

Jimmy Nuttall Shower (MASSACHUSETTS) 2017, Timber, polymer shower base, water, pump and irrigation, basin, ceramic, glass, mother of pearl and enamelimage from previous installation

Jimmy Nuttall Shower (MASSACHUSETTS) 2017, image from previous installation

Jimmy Nuttall Shower (MASSACHUSETTS) 2017, image from previous installation