Fair: Liste 2022, Basel
with Hamish Pearch
For its second participation in LISTE, Sans titre (2016) proposes a new set of works and installation by British artist Hamish Pearch. Produced especially for the fair, the new works are centered around the idea of a spiralling dinner. Bronze chairs appear to grow and form from the floor, while containers on the table are the entropic site at which forms hold and then dissipate.
Come dignify this feast; you’ll realise that this event has yet to begin but has already finished. All paths leading towards and away from it are possible, and converge on the table; it is un-begun and re-commenced.
Turn off the lights, the parties over, but please take a seat at the table as it begins to curve around Basel’s banquet hall, spiralling towards and away from its black holed center; built to accommodate guests and plus ones.
For starters, you might not glean whether you’ve arrived late or early to the event. Uneaten food stacked precariously within clean crockery lines the dinner table. It’s unclear whether pots of soupy mass have been left uneaten or are ready to be portioned out to guests.
By the end of the main course, the room is swaying - yet no amount of wine can account for what’s happening. Forget molecular gastronomy; here, molecular makeup is unstable. The grand table begins to rotate, corkscrewing before collapsing in on itself at the event horizon. Seating spores from the ground, creating a furniture of primordial rooted networks anticipating your arrival at a later date. Other guests dissipate, disintegrate; disappearing from their seats only to emerge from pots.
Hamish Pearch (b. 1993, London, UK) earned his BFA from Camberwell College of Arts (UAL) in 2015 and received a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy Schools, London, 2019.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Amygdala Lost and Found, Sans titre (2016), Paris, (2021); Thames Mud, Front, Brussels, (2021); Head Above Water, Belsunce Projects/Manifesta 13, Marseille (2020); Nights, Soft Opening, London (2019) and On a day like this, Sans titre (2016), Paris (2018).
Forthcoming exhibitions include: The Art of Mushrooms, Park Serralves Foundation, Porto (June, 2022), Glitch: The City as Palimpsest, Cooke Latham, London (June, 2022) and, Happy Birthday, Dear Speed (solo), Quench, Margate (August, 2022).
Curated and selected group exhibitions include: La Psychologie Des Surres, Centre d’Art de Neuchâtel, Swizterland (2021), 5th Edition, Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer, London (2021), Mushrooms, Somerset House, London (2020); Schools Show, Royal Academy of Art, London (2019); Ana Prata and Hamish Pearch curated by Kiki Mazzucchelli at Kupfer, London (2018), Go, Soft Opening, London (2018), New Relics, Thames-side Studios, London, (2018), Premiums, Royal Academy of Arts, London, (2018), Addams Outtakes, Roaming Projects, London, (2017), Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (co-curated and exhibited in withWilliam Rees) at J Hammond Projects, London (2017), Le Laboratoire, Sans titre (2016), Marseille, (2017), Bloomberg New Contemporaries at Primary, Nottingham and ICA, London (2015). Pearch’s exhibition at Belsunce Projects won a grant from Fluxus Art Projects and the artist was a finalist for the XL Caitlin Prize in 2016. He took part in the Launch Pad LaB residency program (La Boissière, 2020).