Helen Chadwick

Interim Art

Take a hunk of graphically red meat, a light bulb, and you have the female body—this, at least, is one initial impression given by Enfleshings, 1989, two powerful pieces by Helen Chadwick and the centerpiece of this small exhibition. Beck Road, site of the exhibition, is itself a part of the mixed media Chadwick uses as a feminist/photo/video/performance/installation artst. A run-down street of small Victorian terraced houses in an area of London designated for redevelopment, its domestic character reinforces the personal aspect of the work. Several houses here have been rented to artists (including Chadwick) and a photograph of the street formed the basis for an earlier work by the artist—Three Houses: A Modern Moral Subject, 1987, which juxtaposes images of Beck Road, the House of Commons, and the countryside.

Downstairs here is a piece called Ecce, 1987, in which a decorative cartouche

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