Contemporary Art Market: Imprints That Raise a Gallery of Questions
Norman, Geraldine, The Independent (London, England)
ANYONE prone to ask the question: "But is it art?" - will have a field day with "Imprint 93", the latest show at the Cabinet Gallery, in Brixton, south London.
Martin Creed has installed an amplifier which blasts the ears whenever anyone presses the entryphone ( pounds 500); Maggie Roberts has typed up an account of an ecstasy trip (edition of 20, pounds 10); Jeff Luke has made 100 cast lead cubes and dropped them in the corner of the gallery ( pounds 250); Peter Doig - who won the painting prize at the last John Moores exhibition - has made an oil painting on canvas of Night Fishing ( pounds 4,500).
The Cabinet Gallery glories in its fringe position. "What interests us is the working of incompatibility, contradiction and the unexpected", the founders, Andrew Wheatley and Martin McGeown, state. They launched the gallery in a small apartment in 1992 - when the art market recession was at its height. "When everything is falling apart it is the most interesting moment, things emerge through the fault lines, unpredictable things," they say.
The present show is curated by Matthew Higgs, who makes artists' books; they are photocopied, stapled into a simple cover and sent out free. He made 10 books last year and the artists who contributed have been invited to show - hence "Imprint 93". …