Project 005: Lauren von Gogh


13 August - 5 September 2009

'It is about integration. Integrating yourself into a community by picking up on some things they like to do. Dancing. To boy-band cover songs from the 90s. You assume the songs aren't in English. They remind you of something from back home. You take your choreographed dance moves seriously. Afterwards, you realise that doing this in a public space might not be the best or most subtle way of blending in. Next time you try something else.

'It always seems to relate to consumerist notions of love. Love songs and romance novels. Romantic medieval architecture. Canals. Chocolates. Terraces in the summer time. Neatly kept parks, filled with bright daffodils and pansies and man-made ponds. Ducks and cats. Festivals and celebrations.

'You struggle to draw the line between fiction and reality. It is unclear whether your work is relating to natural human reactions or ideals constructed by society. You present these observations through constructed, cynical performative gestures.'

The exhibition opens on Thursday 13 August, 6-8pm. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Friday, 10.30am to 5.30pm, and Saturday from 9.30am to 3pm.