Caroline Russell

Chisenhale Gallery

The large exhibition space here is the ground floor of a warehouse that has been turned into artists’ studios. Until recently it bore the look of its light-industrial past, an uneven floor and dilapidated ceiling lending it a less than salubrious air. Caroline Russell’s Display 21, 1989, however, presented it in a new light. Walls and ceilings were coated with brilliant white emulsion, a central dividing screen was upgraded to the status of a wall (marking off the back half of the area as the main exhibiting space), and the floor had a smart new coat of gray paint. The finishing touch to this refurbishment—in fact, the essence of Display 21 itself—was a plastic scotia in the angle between floor and wall, running round the entire gallery. It was very simple in form, a concave quarter-circle producing a smooth transition from horizontal to vertical. Pale green in color, apart from the white

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