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Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is pleased to present a new project in The Box by British artist Joby Williamson from 10 June to 10 September 2016.

Williamson transforms the overlooked and mundane by celebrating the poetic significance of everyday objects. The artist implements different formal methods in order to expose these ephemera, frequently playing with scale, material and humour in order to trigger the viewer’s awareness.

Ships Lost at Sea (2004/16) brings together a collection of scaled-down, miniature tables fabricated by the artist. Made, and assembled, in various states of disarray, several of the tabletops rest forlornly on the ground with only one or two legs. Displaced from their usual context, the stark nature of The Box emphasises the absurdity of this peculiar grouping.

Discussing the work, Williamson explains: 'On the edges of pavements and corners of streets I began to notice several Formica coffee tables abandoned and often collapsing. Having had a studio in Wapping where I would wander on the banks of the Thames and stumble amongst the debris of hundreds of years of London’s past, I suddenly saw these tables as washed up jetsam and the streets where I lived as the banks of imaginary tidal forces. And, as so often happens with my habits of walking, looking, working and gathering, I began to drag these tables back to my studio. The idea of forcing a 1:5 scale upon these model tables is an ironic nod to the ‘design classics’ available in miniature and their ambitions of collectability, fame and desirability.’

Earlier in the year, Williamson was among eight artists commissioned to make works for 8 x 8 Mah Jong Re-imagined, a collaboration between ArtReview and French furniture designers Roche Bobois. Williamson is represented by Tintype, London, where he recently presented a solo exhibition of new work.

For further information, please contact Jonathan Horrocks at or on +44 (20) 7734 7760.

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Joby Williamson
Ships Lost at Sea, 2004/2016
cast plastic, foil tapes, wax, acrylic
dimensions variable