5 - 14 May
Blue Sky Thinking is the first project by artist-run organisation: ‘It’s Kind of Hard to Explain (IKO)’, supported and hosted by SET.
It is an exhibition of IKO core artists:
Preview: Friday 5 May 2017, 6-9pm
Open Dates: 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 May 2017, 12-6pm
IKO partners with registered charity, SET to contribute a large scale exhibition of individual and collaborative work in exchange for subsidized studio spaces at SET CAPSTAN HOUSE.
Located in East India, in the shadow of Canary Wharf, SET CAPSTAN HOUSE is a seventh floor office re-purposed as studios and project space. The exhibition will be a rumination on and a commodification of office culture. Heavily site specific, works will respond to the location in which they are shown.
‘BLUE SKY THINKING’ is office jargon meaning thinking that is not grounded or in touch with the realities of the present. Cloudless, unpolluted, uninformed. Blue. Blank. ‘Original ideas’. Isn’t that what we’re searching for? Except we’re doing the opposite.
The works in the show are using the office context as a starting point. The failed office holds useful metaphors. Aspiration, routine, boredom, repetition, claustrophobia. We need the clouds in order to manipulate them or make fun of them. Floating on the seventh floor, BLUE SKY THINKING depicts an office dream scape. Rules are bent, routines get stuck and ghosts drift.
SET is a non-profit artist-run organisation through which studio holders are able to contribute to a public programme in return for subsidised studio rent. This exhibition marks the first collaboration between IKO and SET. During 2017, IKO will continue an exhibition program with SET in their Alscot Road and Capstan House spaces.
This project marks the first actualisation of IKO’s manifesto to generate opportunities for early-career artists to show work in London. Their next projects will invite artists from outside of London and involve collaborating with non-London project spaces. The aim of IKO is to create an accessible web of artists, curators, writers and gallerists. Shared brains, shared skills and opportunity generated by each other for each other are the props of the community we are building.
It’s kind of hard to explain. But trust us. It’s going to be good.
SET CAPSTAN HOUSE
1 Clove Crescent,
East India Dock
London E14 2BA