9ft diameter inflatable sculpture inside the toilet gallery
Cameron Irving reading his text to the gallery public
P Horan and G Magnani honouring us with the ribbon cutting
and inflatable sculpture wanting to escape from the toilet gallery
turtle kindle and nine feet inflatable
An exhibition by Cameron Irving
Tuesday 26 June 2012, 8PM to midnight
White Cubicle Toilet Gallery at George and Dragon Public House, 2 Hackney Road, London E2
Dj of the Night: Seb Patane's Kensington
On holiday in Spain once, I bought a huge beach ball that doubled as a swimming aid and I inflated it by the sea. I don’t swim so thought it might come in useful. Breathless and woozy from the lack of oxygen, I stumbled into the Mediterranean and placed the ball onto the sea’s surface. In a flash I saw my error, but it was too late, a gust of wind came up the coast and whisked the ball across the water. I made a grab for it, but it was already too far out at sea, skimming the heads of swimmers and tumbling over costal waters, on and on, till it disappeared.
It passed Malaga, and reached the beaches of Benidorm, and up to Valencia and over to Barcelona. Some girls sunning themselves up there found it, took it, and fucked about with it, jumping on it, three at a time - till it punctured and deflated. When their fun was brought to an end they left it in the sea to drift in the currents till a turtle mistook it for a jellyfish. The turtle choked to death on it and was found on a beach on the north east of Spain with the deflated beach ball round its neck.
Then, one day, I drowned.
Cameron Irving’s practices spans writing, sculpture and performance. He lives and works in London but considers holidays more conducive to making art. Has shown recently at Benderspace, Russian Club Gallery and Bloomberg Space and has written for art magazines such as Frieze and Untitled.
The White Cubicle Toilet Gallery measures 1.40 by 1.40 metres, is located within the Ladies Toilet of the George and Dragon, and works with no budget, staff or boundaries. Since 2005 White Cubicle has been presenting a discerning programme of local and international manifestations as an antidote to London’s sometimes extremely commodified art scene. Past exhibitions have included Deborah Castillo, Gregorio Magnani, Butt Magazine, Federico Herrero, Terence Koh, i-Cabin, Steven Gontarski, Pixis Fanzine/Princess Julia and Hanah, General Idea and avaf, Basso Magazin, Carl Hopgood, Giles Round, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Superm, (Brian Kenny and Slava Mogutin), Elkin Calderon, Wolfgang Tillmans, Calvin Holbrook/Hate Magazine, Husam el Odeh, Simon Popper, Fur, Dik Fagazine, Rick Castro/Abravanation, Jean Michel Wicker, Noki, Ellen Cantor, Karl Holmqvist, Julie Verhoeven, Aldo Chaparro, Esther Planas, Nikos Pantazopoulos, Luis Venegas, Twinklife, Rocky Alvarez, Benedetto Chirco, STH Magazine, Elmgreen & Dragset, Francesc Ruiz, Sico Carlier, Stefan Benchoam, Thomas Dozol, Marco Rountree, Aleksandra Mir…
In words of Aleksandra Mir "White Cubicle has become the stamp of approval for any self respecting artist of our generation."
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