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Exhibition  /  23 Feb 2011  -  03 Apr 2011
Published: 17.02.2011
Host.
Velvet da Vinci
Management:
Mike Holmes and Elizabeth Shypertt
David Gates. Installation: Host Elements 3, 2011. Mixed media. David Gates
Installation: Host Elements 3, 2011
Mixed media
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Host is an installation by London-based furniture maker David Gates, including work by Helen Carnac, Robert Ebendorf, David Clarke, Thomas Hill, and Katy Hackney.
As part of its 20th Anniversary series of exhibitions, Velvet da Vinci is pleased to announce: Host an installation by London-based furniture maker David Gates, including work by Helen Carnac, Robert Ebendorf, David Clarke, Thomas Hill, and Katy Hackney.

Working in collaboration with well-known US and UK-based jewelers and metalsmiths, Host is part furniture installation and part intervention into the architecture of the gallery. Gates' woodworking employs traditional methods of furniture making, but also incorporates recycled and reclaimed materials such as broken chests and chairs. Appropriately, Velvet da Vinci is housed in a former furniture factory where for 60 years traditional Italian furniture was fabricated by the Daini Family.

David Gates will be working first from London, then in San Francisco on this collaborative project that will eventually be completed on site in the gallery. He is a member of the London-based "Intelligent Trouble", a collaboration among craft artists for site-specific installations. The installation's end result will be a lack of obvious authorship or hierarchy of work. This site-specific installation will challenge traditional jewelry display methods by presenting ambiguous furniture as a structure for jewelry and object display.

David Gates will be playing with the idea of intervening in the gallery space and thinking about how jewelry and small-scale metalwork are displayed or co-exist with furniture and other containers. The collaborative works will draw together disparate practices resulting in hybrid objects of a 'third hand', constitutive of each other but singularly autonomous. The
furniture-like objects will offer an alternative to the usual notions of display in a jewelry gallery, acting as intermediary among person, object and space: spaces and preciousness, the body and concealment, display and secrecy. The stuff that is intimate to us and their materiality in conversation, making sense and asking questions.
David Gates. Installation: Host Elements 5, 2011. Mixed media. David Gates
Installation: Host Elements 5, 2011
Mixed media
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David Gates. Installation: Host Elements 2, 2011. Mixed media. David Gates
Installation: Host Elements 2, 2011
Mixed media
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David Gates. Installation: Katy Hackney Collaboration, 2011. Mixed media. David Gates
Installation: Katy Hackney Collaboration, 2011
Mixed media
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David Gates. Installation: Katy Hackney Collaboration, 2011. Mixed media. Detail. David Gates
Installation: Katy Hackney Collaboration, 2011
Mixed media
Detail
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David Gates. Installation: David Clarke Collaboration, 2011. Mixed media. David Gates
Installation: David Clarke Collaboration, 2011
Mixed media
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