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David Burrows: New Life

A collaboration between the Mead Gallery and the Chisenhale Gallery

Mon 27 Sep – Sat 4 Dec 2004

Strewn through the gallery a baroque assemblage of debris appears to have been created by a recent catastrophe, violent event or frenzied celebration. Ripped shoes and fragments of clothing, suspended in motion, are arranged against a backdrop of damaged architectural structures. Large-scale photographic tableaux, influenced by shop window display, depict apparent consumer chaos.

This initial impression of devastation in New Life is interrupted by immaculate attention to detail, saturated colours and a floor that sparkles with grey dust. The ruins of New Life propose an air of optimism and joy.