New Property, 2017

Lm6a Project Room
Chris Coombes – New Property
3-5 February 2017

lm6a Project Room presents new work by Chris Coombes, the first of a series of solo exhibitions. The show features painting, drawing and objects to consider ideas about acquisition and change.

‘New Property’ is taken from the subject line of estate agent emails promoting luxury Barbican flats. Using the featured photographs as source material the paintings and drawings are an attempt to bring this prescribed lifestyle closer. Unlike typical domestic scenes no people are shown, the images exist purely to present the property in its best light to encourage a sale.

The artwork has been made in response to the property newsletters as they are received. This means for each work to be made there are several steps in the process starting with the decision of the landlord to rent out or sell. The finished work is then posted to Instagram tagged with the Barbican location and building name. In this way each image and its sense of private frustrated ambition joins a public, aspirational narrative.

lm6a Project Room, 2nd floor studios 51 – 63 Ridley Road, London E8 2NP
Lisa Penny and Marta Bakst run lm6a Project Room #lm6aprojectroom

5. Property Paintings (28 Total) 2015-2017, Acrylic on Paper
Exhibition view: Property Paintings, 2016-17. Acrylic on paper, 21x30cm.

9. Exhibition view
Exhibition view: Security Pattern Property Drawings, 2016. Ballpoint pen on financial envelopes. Property Paintings, 2016-17. Acrylic on paper, 21x30cm.

8. Property Drawings, 2016. Ballpoint pen on financial envelopes
Exhibition view: Security Pattern Property Drawings, 2016. Ballpoint pen on financial envelopes.

6. Property Paintings, 2017. Acrylic on Canvas
Exhibition view: l-r Speed House, 2017. Acrylic on canvas, Willoughby House, 2017. Andrewes House, 2017. Ben Jonson House, 2017. Gilbert House, 2017.

4. Immediate Right - Paper Mache
Exhibition view: Security Pattern Paper Mache Objects, 2016-17. Financial Envelopes.

7. Shelving view incl. Macbooks, 2017. Acrylic on Board
Exhibition view: Security Pattern Paper Mache Objects, 2016-17. Financial Envelopes. Macbooks, 2016. Acrylic on Board, 21x30cm.

1. 51-63 Ridley Road
External view, 2017: 51 – 63 Ridley Road, London E8 2NP.