Located in the small seaside town of Aldeburgh on the English east coast, The Red House was Britten’s last home and where he wrote his most famous works. The rough seascapes of the surrounding area influenced Britten’s work greatly, inspiring him to create classic works of British romanticism. Secluded and private, the house is now home to the Britten-Pears Foundation, which is open to the public between the months of June and September. Currently closed, this exhibition at Marian Cramer Projects takes a position outside of the Red House and the lives of its past occupants.
This work follows directly on from Healy’s commission by the South London Gallery and his work on American architect Horace Gifford. That work explored Gifford’s architecture, which reflected a burgeoning openness in the gay society of Fire Island Pines in the 1970s. Outside the Red House finds its focus in these closeted figures of the British upper classes, where money and influence allowed a freedom not afforded to the working classes, but a freedom which only existed behind the closed doors of The Red House.
For this exhibition Healy has produced a body of new works. Candle holders and mouth blown glass pieces are displayed alongside hung items of knitwear. The exhibition will be accompanied by an essay written by Galit Mana.
Recent exhibitions include The Pines (solo),White Cubicle, London, 2014, Last seen entering the Biltmore (curated by Anna Gritz), South London Gallery, London, 2014, On the Devolution of Culture, Rob Tufnell, London, 2014, But Mr Architect!, Furnished Space London (2012); Strategies for Building, Outpost, Norwich (2011). Selected film screenings include Describing Form II (curated by Lucy Reynolds and Gil Lleung)LUX, London (2012); Open File, Grand Union, Birmingham (2012), Dumb, The Brno House of Art, Brno (2012); Informal, Or-bits.com (2012) Young British Art II (curated by Ryan Gander), Dienstgebaude, Zurich (2012); Hey Guys!, Fotograf, Prague (2011); Young British Art (curated by Ryan Gander), Limoncello, London (2011).
Richard Healy graduated from The Royal College of Art. He lives and works in London.
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