The Irish State Carriage visits the Isle of Greenbank
12 January - 2 February 2004
Originally installed in Christchurch in 2000 by the Oblique Trust, The Kiosk comes under the wing of The Physics Room in 2003. With 24 hour, 7 day a week access, The Kiosk is the hardest working gallery around, providing a venue for contemporary art in the public realm.
Jacquelyn Greenbank's mastery of crochet is indicative of a new breed of artists taking on traditional craft mediums to poke cracks in the fundamentals of conventionally domestic handiwork. Greenbank trawls through thrift shops for down-at-heel craft items to deconstruct and subvert in her recent practise. Her work is rich in celebratory home-made fun yet no teacosy is made without irony. Her newest crocheted epic State Carriage depicts the Queen's carriage resplendent with white horses, trundling aimlessly around the small island nation of Greenbank. The scene flaunts a cheeky imperial link to the public sculptures of the Queen's corgis, cast in bronze and plonked unfortunately just a few blocks further down High Street, in the middle of Christchurch's central art gallery district. Greenbank's cosy woollen homage humorously coexists with this rather bemusing commemorative gesture to the crown.