Post-Space is a new way to view art. Deconstructing the physical conventions that characterize the gallery space, this progressive venture redefines the way the art object is viewed – and does so with calculated panache. Democratic, anti-hierarchical and refreshingly limitless, Post-Space is at its most essential, an online gallery that does away with the physical nature of the exhibition space. Founded as a conscious reaction to this intrinsic tangibility, the viewer is left with an entirely new experience that is at once personal, social and submerged within a global context. A progressive adaptation to the digital era, this post-medium platform does not simply embrace the viewing potentials of the world wide web but goes on to redefine the opportunities that it opens.
Founded by Cameron Scott and Aaron Goddard, two students from St Martin’s College of Arts and Design and John Williams and Sam Ledger from London College of Fashion, the four have only had one exhibition so far. Object Monopoly by Max Bainbridge (son of artist Eric Bainbridge) opened its cyber doors on October 15th and enables the viewer to experience his work for free, independently and without the apparently frustrating nature of the commercial gallery. Removing crowds, opening times and the intrinsically finite nature of the viewing experience, Bainbrige’s colour-concerned images become a very personal encounter due to the exclusive relationship between viewer and object. By using Post-Space as a platform, the images take on very different roles and pose some topical questions: by viewing the works via an online format, does the image change? Or is it simply the context that the image is located within that becomes adapted?
One of the key elements of this platform is the anti-hierarchical nature of the exhibition created by a lack of supporting documentation. Cameron Scott explains how everything is support to something else and by allowing there to be something that documents the art object, the artist would be suggesting that there is an original, which intrinsically advocates an unwanted, hierarchical disposition. However, this egalitarian cyber platform enables the artist to do away with this problematic bureaucracy and creates a democratic space from which to display the art object.
What’s more, Post-Space explores the notion that the art object is in constant flux, furthering the idea that any kind of attempt at documentation is flawed, as to document attempts to explain the object at any one moment. Holding onto ideas of singularity is seen as regressive to Post-Space’s founders and thus by embracing this idea that art is perpetually in transit, the object is not limited to addressing one single context.
A new exhibition entitled Documentation opens on November 20th, and will see a series of images, taken in a physical space, be displayed online. It is set to be a collaborative effort between Scott, Goddard and additional member Max Fletcher and will adopt political stances whilst combining post-mediums with the online world. The show will be viewable from any location with web availability – watch this (Post) Space.