Show - Off

Show - Off mobilises sculptures, paintings, drawings and performances. A procession of art works arrive sequentially in front of a seated audience. The viewer is relieved of the task of navigation, the exhibition comes to them.

The white wall, pristine plinth and polished concreted floor is absent from Show – Off’s rhetoric of display. The process of exhibition is noisy, active and transient. The audience is static, the art is mobile.

Conjuring ideas of a catwalk, cattle market, debutant ball and auction house, art handlers carry or direct each work on stage one by one to ‘show them off’. All artworks are professionally lit and illuminated for a limited time before being carried off stage. The stage has been conceived and made by artist Gary Woodley, and reconfigures into a multitude of arrangements which reflect the perceived display needs of each work.

Show - Off allows artists to observe and recognise the physicality of their work. The interaction of art handler and art work recalls the past relationship of artist and art object; made, handled, manipulated, manoeuvred. The audience also observes art as physical stuff; transported to a moment of display and then removed from sight.

This unique context of display allows movement to uncover an artwork and expose qualities previously concealed through stasis. Show - Off does not animate art, it activates character; often subdued by the white cube.

Show - Off was conceived and curated by artists Rose Davey and Sarah Kate Wilson.


Please watch a short film documenting Show – Off by pressing HERE.


Images in order of appearance:

Paulina Michnowska
Splendour of the Peacock, 2014
Cerolex, wood, photocopy and sound
240 x 360 x 15 cm

Sam Belinfante and Bruce McLean
Three2, John Cage, 1991
Arranged by the artists for light and two performers

Tess Jaray
100 moments (Yellow), 2005
Oil on canvas
114 cm x 114 cm

See print issue for more images



List of Artists Show - Off 2020
Paul Barlow / Olivia Bax / Gabriele Beveridge / Anthony Caro / Rose Davey / Harminder Judge / Rob Phillips / Tessa Whitehead / Sarah Kate Wilson / Gary Woodley
Show - Off (open rehearsal) 2020 was generously hosted by Cooke Latham Gallery.

List of Artists Show - Off 2014
David Batchelor / Sam Belinfante / Jane Bustin / Martin Creed / Blue Curry / Matthew Darbyshire / Rose Davey / Claire Dorsett / Iain Hales / Tess Jaray / Sam Kennedy / Rory McCartney / Bruce McLean / Zoe Mendelson / Paulina Michnowska / Lisa Milroy / Mali Morris / Rob Phillips / Heino Schmid / Phoebe Unwin / Tessa Whitehead / Vicky Wright / Sarah Kate Wilson / Rose Wylie / Joel Wyllie

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