Current Event

Purity, Danger, Dirty Re-arranger

5th – 16th December 2019

Zoë Mendelson at Lewisham Arthouse
Private view: 6 December 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Zoë Mendelson’s new work aligns with and critiques diagnostic criteria pathologising space. It also responds to Mary Douglas’ 1966 book on taboo and cleanliness, Purity and Danger. These are dirty archives – works in which schema are established via placement, but what is being stored presents a problem of either cleanliness or possible collapse. This exhibition connects the domestic and clinical, provoking dialogues around consumption, excess and hygiene – located within a configuration of overlapping drawing, animation, painting and objects – a library of potentially pathological elements.
A large wall-drawing, will take the run of the show to complete, a form of sullying and exertion – spatial ‘madness’ in itself – with an emptying and clearing process to follow.