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Arches,

2017

Plasterboard & wood
3.3m x 1.6m x 1.9m

Commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts, London for the exhibition Frank Kent and Jon Kipps, Arches & Velvet Curtains in July 2017

The West Yard is a little-known, disused Victorian passage running parallel to the Burlington Arcade. Normally out-of-bounds to the public, this space is being opened up for Mayfair Art Weekend to house a new collaborative installation by London-based artists Frank Kent and Jon Kipps

The impressive wooden door that normally blocks the view of West Yard will be open, with a large velvet curtain by Kent. The curtain, visible from Piccadilly, marks the entrance to the installation and gives way to reveal a new sculptural work by Kipps and a second curtain by Kent. With a combination of low-fi plasterboard construction and column-like shapes, Kipps’s sculpture draws attention to West Yard’s contrasting surroundings and its relationship to affluent Mayfair, while Kent’s fabric works divide the space, revealing and obscuring views and providing a shifting sense of scale.

Images 1&2: Installation views in the Royal Academy's West Yard. Photo credit: David Parry

Images 3-6: Documentation of Studio 2 show. Photo credit Nick Paton