26 Jun14 Aug 2010
Installation View

The use of abject imagery in art and fashion can be traced throughout history. The Dadaists were of course enthralled with transgression and taboo but since well before the Renaissance, painters expressed a fascination with blood. When the Whitney Museum gave the movement a name in 1993, recent experiment gained more viable traction. Radical artists like Andres Serrano and Helen Chadwick started working with bodily fluids and fashion designers including Hussein Chalayan and Alexander McQueen started representing death, trauma and decay.

It is from this point that Inside/Out departed. Where the visual language of the early 90s was dark and obscuring, all of the works in this exhibition thrust elements that are typically kept on the inside onto the outside and aestheticised them. Where Marilyn Minter and Ariana Page Russell made physiological reactions larger than life, Naomi Filmer, Shaun Leane, and Professor Helen Storey literally give us a chance to see inside ourselves, using body parts and internal organs as visual fodder. Where Terence Koh and Dan Colen transgressed propriety engaging with the scatological in their formal compositions, Amie Dicke snipped the bodies of movie stars and fashion models into a thin web of contours.

Curated by Nick Knight and Carrie Scott the pointed content that made up Inside/Out demonstrates how abjection serves as a means to symbolise liberation from the confines of commerce and norms of representation and, consequently makes space for a new aesthetic of beauty.

Additional artworks and artefacts by major artists and Fashion houses that related to theme of the exhibition were subsequently added throughout the run of Inside/Out.

In tandem with the physical exhibition, also broadcast performances from the LiveStudio in Bruton Place by Amie Dicke, Millie Brown and others. Objects made during the LiveStudio were then also displayed in the Shop.

Installation View
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Previous Exhibitions

SHOWcabinet: Shaun Leane

10 August — 10 October 2014
SHOWstudio launched the first major exhibition dedicated to fine artisan jeweller Shaun Leane. The show offered an unprecedented opportunity to delve into the psyche of Britain's leading avant-garde jewellery house.

The Café

08 September — 05 November 2011
SHOWstudio's exhibition, The Café, examined our enduring fascination with café coffee culture and cafe society in fine art, fashion and film.


08 May — 19 June 2010
In tandem with the physical exhibition, broadcast performances by Judy Blame, Edward Griffiths and Gareth Pugh from the LiveStudio in Bruton place.
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