Shed - Collect - Shed (2014)
Shed – Collect – Shed: Coventry’s Lost and Found
A mixed media exhibition looking at the city of Coventry’s character through objects collected and displayed.
Artist and Curator Lorsen Camps worked with Martin Green and Joanna Rucklidge to explore the relationship between their own personal collections of found objects and the Herbert’s collections. Lost or discarded artefacts ranging from remnants of toy figures to shoe heels, flattened drinks cans to hair clips were carefully ordered and given a new life and meaning. Objects and art works were presented in ways that mix the museum aesthetic with a distinctively found flavour. Each piece bearing traces of life and the lives that make up the city.
Intriguing and also mundane items were presented - inviting new interactions with found objects (both those within the museum and those discovered on the street) and calling into question what is beautiful and/or valuable.
The exhibition was set within a pop-up ‘shed’ officially known as the Coventry Centre for Contemporary Art which came out of a Bob and Roberta Smith installation at the Mead Gallery in 2009 and has since toured locally. The show featured three commissioned works: Martin Green’s City Box, Joanna Rucklidge’s Going Round in Circles, and Lorsen Camps & Martin Green’s Paradise Disregarded, Paradise Reclaimed.