Exhibition with work by Jo Dennis, curated by Trine Stephensen / The Plantation Journal at Peckham 24 2019.
London’s many independent car yards exist on the margins of our daily lives. They inhabit typically ramshackle spaces on the city’s edges and wastelands. In this new body of work, Jo Dennis pays homage to George’s car workshop situated on the Old Kent Road behind the artist’s studio. The yard has been sold to a developer and will be disassembled later this year to make way for new flats.
These places of labour and human endeavour are integral to the richness of London communities. But they are vulnerable to the continuous creep of regeneration which pushes small businesses out - a cycle which is witnessed and mirrored by artists who are in the same position. Dennis’ images are layered, painted onto directly and some will be displayed under Ultra Violet light.