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Hollywood Wonderland

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8 October - 7 December 2009

Private View 6-9pm 8 October 2009

SEVENTEEN Gallery

17 Kingsland Road, London


Kelly Large, Uriel Orlow, Abigail Reynolds, Damien Roach, Jack Scholl, The Hut Project.


The works in this exhibition, demonstrate the artists’ own maneuvers within established museum collections, archives, libraries and taxonomies. Each of the artists has taken as a starting point catalogued material, organized information or systems and has use them to meet artistic or imaginative ends.

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Hollywood Wonderland (Hollywood Wonderland)

7 OCTOBER– 7 NOVEMBER 2009

Private View 8 OCTOBER 6:30 – 9:30

Kelly Large, Uriel Orlow, Abigail Reynolds, Damien Roach and The Hut Project.


Hollywood Wonderland takes its name from the 1947 musical short by Jack Scholl. Only screened as a hidden-extra at the cinema, the film is of two singing and dancing tour guides escorting visitors around the Warner Bros studios. Supposedly showing the visitors films in the process of being made, the tourists are watching archive footage from previously released Technicolor Warner Bros films and we watch as they watch over key scenes being (re)produced.


In the movie there is a two-fold ploy in the act of employing the archived footage that extends outside of the camera’s frame; firstly, as a prop within the structure of a fictive story to fool the visitors; and, secondly, in the fact that real archive footage from previous films from the Warner Bros studios is used. A third revolution comes as the film itself has now become part of the Warner Bros archive. Implicit to the film is an invisible active agent responsible for orchestrating such a set of seamless fictions.


The works in this exhibition, demonstrate the artists’ own maneuvers within established museum collections, archives, libraries and taxonomies. Each of the artists has taken as a starting point catalogued material, organized information or systems and has use them to meet artistic or imaginative ends. The classifications are composite of the artwork but with altered or destabilized functions. Similar to the film, the third revolution comes when the artworks are then repositioned in a new system of classification through their inclusion by the curator in an art exhibition.


Rather than offering any kind of solution, this exhibition is an exercise in highlighting our dependence on archival and museological devices for access to ‘truthful’ information and our belief in its validity. It also seeks to forefront the agency involved in the construction and maintenance of such systems through artworks.

The exhibition will include new work from Damien Roach and The Hut Project and newly positioned pieces from Kelly Large, Uriel Orlow, and Abigail Reynolds.


Hollywood Wonderland, curated by Claire Louise Staunton, is the eighth exhibition in the SEVENTEEN lower ground floor exhibition space. The exhibition will run concurrently with David Raymond Conroy: IT WAS PART OF IT BEFORE. AND NOW.


The title of the show is in the Webdings font in all printed matter in an attempt to disrupt the classification of the show according to its title, as it is not recognizable alphabetically outside of a computer.


Hollywood Wonderland, curated by Claire Louise Staunton, is the eighth exhibition in the SEVENTEEN lower ground floor exhibition space. The exhibition will run concurrently with David Raymond Conroy: IT WAS PART OF IT BEFORE. AND NOW.