71 Ranelagh Rd 2006
Flat Exhibition - Article by Alison Oldham -
Published in the H&H Series arts and Features July 28 2006 London.
What does the phrase “International domesticity’ convey to you? Spouses living in different countries? Multicultural furnishings? A transatlantic league of housewives?
The words come from Chris Follows',s statement accompanying his video work, 71 Ranelagh Road, in FLAT, tile first exhibition in Camden Town's newest art space, the Arlington Gallery. After explaining how he captured "home" video footage from the internet between June 22 and 30 this year, Follows says: "The found footage has been reworked into a new narrative that leads, the viewer through a uncanny maze of international domesticity," The resulting four-minute DVD, in which empty dining rooms, washing-up, open-lidded toilets and beds strewn with clothes hove shakily in and out of view, would be a good deal less intriguing without the nagging need to give a meaning to "international domesticity'. In creating this unease, Follows seems in tune with curator Anna Lewis's agenda for FLAT. She invited seven artist to' respond to the residential nature of the upper part of the gallery' premises -'the flat above the former Regent.s book shop in Parkway.