Lick It
an essay by Michael Petry 2008


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NICK HORNBY (b. 1980, England) is interested in the multi-leveled narrative offered implicit in at once space and form.  Producing a practice as archival as it is sculptural, Hornby seeks at once to invoke and confound narrative determinants by demanding that the viewer 'excavate' his installed spaces. Running concurrently with Gatti, Tell Tale Heart, is a 21 foot model Disney-esque Castle which is floating in the Middle of the Pond in Camley Street Natural Park (located 5 minute walk from The Canal Museum).  In 2008 Nick was part of Anticipation in Selfridges, winner of the Clifford Chance Sculpture Prize and subsequently the artist featured in Time Out's 'Star Makers' July issue. Nick has enjoyed exhibiting his work at Tate Britain, the Hayward Gallery, and the ICA. In 2009 he is doing a residency in Bratislava to develop a new work for the Embassy in London. For more information, please see:

ABIGAIL HUNT (b. 1978, England) has an artistic practice based upon a procession of tasks: the investigative research of an image, the deconstruction of a line, the disablement of form and finally the reconstruction and reconfiguration of the object. She has shown at Whitechapel Art Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, Platform for Art, London Underground and EAST International. In addition her separate collaborative practice, with artist Kieren Reed (see below) involves a direct interaction with audience within manufactured and suggested situations. They are currently working on a commission for IKON Gallery, Birmingham and have recently shown works at The New Art Gallery Walsall, Studio Voltaire and the Folkestone Triennial Fringe. For a full CV please visit

LIANE LANG (b. 1975, Germany) constructs images and videos that exist between narrative fiction and still life composition, exploring the practices of display and the exigencies of museology. Lang's photographs occupy a space between documentation and stage, investigating animacy and an ambiguous state of sentience. Figures inhabit her work as spectral presences, simulating touch and sensation, engaged deeply in mock reflection, standing in for the absent and the absent minded. Educated at Goldsmiths and the Royal Academy Schools, Lang has enjoyed solo shows including Fondling Germanicus, Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany; Verisimilitude, T1+2 Artspace; Offspace, Vienna; and Southfirst Art, New York.  For more information, please visit:

PATRICIA LENNOX (b. 1980; England) is interested in multi-layered references and the play of both mirror and screen; her work utilizes found text to manifest the possibility of meaning - and evidence its irrevocable loss. While allowing the appropriated material to speak for itself, Lennox's writing and installations provoke an engagement with the viewer/audience and their own subjective processes of memory/meaning.  Patricia is currently studying for an MA at Chelsea College of Art and Design. In September 2008, she will be part of the group show La Bete at T1+2 Gallery Annex Projects. For more information, please visit:

ANDY PARKER (b.1978, England) produces work inspired by artifacts from the industrial revolution. Manifesting an evocative textual practice, Parker seeks to appropriate and cite cultural aspiration, in order to probe the metonymic message which lies there within. Parker has recently returned from a self-initiated residency on the Island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, where he produced a solo exhibition based on local stories and objects from this isolated naval outpost.  Educated at the Royal College of London and the Wimbledon School of Art, Andy has enjoyed taking part in Artfutures, Contemporary Art Society, Bloomberg space, London and Picante, Deutsche Bank, London. For more information, please see:

KIEREN REED (b. 1976, England) takes an interest in the relationship between functioning and non-functioning objects - the real and the fabricated. Though often concerned with mechanism, his practice encompasses research, sculpture, performance, and installation, from studies in form to the production of architectural structures. Kieren has recently shown at Art Futures, Contemporary Art Society, Bloomberg Space, London and in 2007 had solo shows at Ritter Zamet, London and at Quay Arts, Isle of Wight. He also works in collaboration with artist Abigail Hunt (see for further details of their shared practice). For a full CV please visit

SINTA TANTRA (b. 1979, New York) works in a variety of media to manifest a playful and often seductive visuality. Comfortable in the use of and experimentation with excitements of color, Tantra's work provokes the attention she seeks from audiences as an artist; her practice extends and understands her fervent dedication to Public Arts.  Recent public commissions have been for the Southbank Centre, Canterbury Christchurch University, Camden Council, CreateKX, Transport for London and London Fashion Week. She has won numerous awards including the prestigious Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award in 2006, the Henry Moore Postgraduate Award 2006, the Gordon Luton Award 2006 and Westminster City Council's Civic Award in 2007. Featured by the Evening Standard Magazine‚Äôs 'Bright Young Things' in 2006, Sinta was listed as one of the top fifty creative talents under thirty working in London. For more information please visit:

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Gatti, an Exhibtion

18 September - 6 Novermber 2008

Eight artists engage new work in a historic space, in Gatti, an homage to and appropriation of the narrative space of a 19th century ice cream-maker. [more]

Part of London Open House taking place on 20 & 21 September [more]

Nick Hornby
Abigail Hunt
Liane Lang
Patricia Lennox
Andy Parker
Kieren Reed
Sinta Tantra

Curated by Brooke Lynn McGowan

The London Canal Museum
12-13 New Wharf Road
London, N1 9RT

Tues-Sun 10am-430pm



Press Release.pdf
London Open House
Artist Biographies

Directions & Map.pdf
From left to right: Nick Hornby, Brooke Lynn McGowan, Kieren Reed, Abigail Hunt, Laura Buckley, Andy Parker, Liane Lang, Sinta Tantra