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CCA Show 2018 Brings Installation on a Grand Scale to White City

Every Second In Between is the first large-scale public art commission for White City Place, an area at the centre of the revitalised White City, West London. The project is part of Show 2018 curated by seven graduating students from the Curating Contemporary Art (CCA) programme.

Using drawing, collage and digital manipulation Kyung Hwa Shon, who is a PhD researcher in Painting at the RCA, has created a site-specific installation that combines fragments of recognisable local landmarks, urban landscape and street signage. Elements of the architecture of Television Centre and the Loftus Road Football Stadium have been incorporated with road markings and brickwork from the Westway and nearby housing estates, making the installation simultaneously unexpected and familiar to passers-by.

Kyung Hwa Shon has created colourful abstract designs installed as huge vinyl stickers across the façade of a five-storey building and the outdoor seating in White City Place. The artwork continues with a large-scale digital animation of the design inside the West Works’s lobby.

 ‘We included this play between private and public space at the centre of the commission concept,’ explained one of the curating students Anna Dufour Montuori. ‘Indeed the spaces that our partners at Mitsui Fudosan and Stanhope made available for us are privately owned public spaces. Kyung Hwa Shon artworks are fragmented between the outside with the very public facing, huge scale and colourful, and the very intimate environment in which the animation is shown and where audiences are invited to adopt an introspective and meditative state.’

Kyung Hwa Shon was selected for the projects through an open call, which was framed by the idea of temporalities, rhythms and fragmentation. The call was directed to UK-based artists and the team received over 50 applications. Kyung Hwa Shon's work was chosen because ‘the essence of her practice challenges the human experience of city dwelling and cultural adaptation which echoed the very core of our brief for the project. The artist’s practice is very much research based, we were very seduced by her creative process: Kyung Hwa Shon enters new projects by an exploration of the surroundings rather than by a precise aesthetic or medium.’

As research for Every Second In Between Kyung Hwa Shon spent two months walking around the area documenting her experience using drawing, photography and writing. Kyung Hwa Shon has a nomadic practice, routed in what it means to navigate urban space. She captures the human experience of walking through cityscapes, occupying urban space and what lies in between personal and communal experience when moving through the city.

As part of the project, the curators also organised a public programme to accompany the work. This included an artist talk and a well-being walk led by artist Ania Bas which took residents and commuters around the area, inviting them to reclaim their lunch hour and question their interaction with their direct urban environment.

‘For Every Second In Between CCA partnered with Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan, the developers of White City Place and Television Centre,’ Anna explained. ‘Our partner brief was focused around the idea of enlivenment – their expectation towards the project was to bring life to the space and to create event. Apart from these initial directions, the partner gave us free rein of the creative direction of the commission. Thanks to their very generous support we were also able to scale up the project and realised a very ambitious commission. We learnt a lot about working in between stakeholders, managing everybody’s expectations and seeking out good opportunities without losing our curatorial integrity.’

Every Second In Between is curated by Anna Dufour Montuori, Sara Thorsen Fredborg, Kate Gu, Niamh O’Driscoll, Afra Rebuscini, Wejdan Reda and Poppy Wu as part of the Curating Contemporary Art Programme MA Graduate Projects 2018, Royal College of Art and in partnership with Stanhope.

Every Second In Between 
Monday 14  May continuing until August
Weekdays 8am – 6pm / Weekends 10am – 6pm
White City Place & The WestWorks Studio, 195 Wood Lane, W12 7FQ, London