– performance / exhibition / public engagement
& Model Gallery
14th – 20th October 2016
Supported by Arts Council England Grants for The Arts
Within the gallery space, Joe cut the bench into eight separate sections as a live performance, using industrial tools.
The project continues
The resultant eight benches will, over the forthcoming months, find their way to new locations – sites where repair take place. Joe will follow each bench, speaking with the new users to learn about its utilisation within a new environment, and how the users relate to the bench as a provocation. The eight benches will, after a period of not less than one year, be reunited to (re)form an artwork, bearing the material traces and the narrative histories of its multiple users.
“(8 off) marks the end of Joe Hancock’s extended residency at & Model Gallery where he has been developing work centred on the theme of repair. Repair can be seen as a universal activity and Joe regards it as having a fundamentally important social function as well as a practical one.
Joe constructed a 14.4 metre long bench within & Model, occupying the entire ground floor. The bench is the literal and figurative site of repair (the woodworker’s workbench, the surgeon’s operating table, the ephemeral space between the reconciling lovers).”