Past Exhibition

No Solution by Committee

4 Cromwell Place, SW7 2JN

16 September—24 September 2017

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Is a chair a solution to sitting in civilised comfort or a distraction from the joy of sitting upon the ground like a child? Is a polyester dress a brightly dyed delight of fashion or a bundle of indestructible plastic fibres that will be gradually washed into the sea? Does a hospital bed provide practical convenience to administer medical care, yet prevent one from feeling at home? Is a silk scarf a thing of beauty that warms your neck or just a waste of printing ink?

‘No Solution?’ is a self-initiated project by Committee, following in a line of art and design works that muse or comment on the subject of product design, manufacturing and consumerism. Committee returns frequently to working with found objects as a way of inviting a fresh view on the material culture we sometimes take for granted around us; seeing the beauty in the discarded, marvelling at the incredible array of man-made inventions and also considering the problems of waste they have produced.

Where previously Committee has made sculpture, film and installation from these found materials, this time Committee has photographed an eclectic selection of the many objects they collect, to create textile designs for both a small edition of silk scarves and a unique quilt.

The ambiguous title of the collection questions the intention of ‘problem solving’ that has been commonly regarded as a fundamental virtue of design practice – asking whether design, manufacturing and consumer culture naturally offer solutions to our problems or indeed create problems from the solutions we seek?

As one looks across our global society and the shear complexity of causes and effects, maybe there is no ‘problem’ that we yet fully understand. And if that is the case, what should happen to the notion of a solution?

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