ALL GOING DOWNWARDS THE SAME AS I WAS
Copperfield, London is pleased to present All going downwards the same as I was, the first solo exhibition at the gallery by Glaswegian duo littlewhitehead.
During a time of housing shortage and growing inequality in cities like London and Glasgow, there is an acute perversity to the ‘ghost mansion’ situation, where substantial luxury homes are not only left unoccupied by wealthy offshore investors but also left to decay beyond the point of being habitable. There is an uncomfortable relationship between the visual fascination of these ruins and the past and present social problems they have become emblematic of.
Inspired by abandoned spaces they have explored and objects they have found, littlewhitehead shift their focus from past interests in interrogating modern masculinity, to the physical, emotional and social legacy of past luxury. This is perhaps a continuation rather than a shift since luxury, hegemony and patriarchy have often been happy bedfellows. The artists also found an uncomfortably easy connection to art in these spaces and objects: