Transforming the gallery into the interior of a bus
Photo: Johann Arens, P5, 2019. Image courtesy the artist
Battersea Park's Pump House Gallery is hosting a new solo exhibition by artist Johann Arens. The gallery will be transformed with an installation originating from the interior of the P5, a local bus that traverses the neighbouring landscape of housing estates.
Sculptural renditions of the familiar interiors of buses – including elongated handrails and gaudy seating – convert the gallery into a similarly transitory public space to highlight the momentary synergies of a bus ride.
To debate the social interactions that take place on public transport, Arens invites community groups, all situated on the P5’s route, to the gallery in a series of one-day takeovers. The multiple events will address the cultural and infrastructural divides bridged by the bus.
The exhibition title was adopted from ‘Hale’s Tours and Scenes of the World’, an attraction designed to simulate a railway journey, in operation between 1904 and 1911. It runs from April 17th-May 19th and the gallery is open Wednesday-Sundays from 11am-5pm. Entry is free.
March 25, 2019