1 September - 2 September
Spanish born multi-disciplinary artist Jofre Hall has been living in London for over a
decade. Self-taught and self-styled, his latest exhibition is a multimedia response to the
ongoing housing crisis in his adopted city and indeed, the world at large. His latest work
asks the timely question that although it’s often said that great artists have no country,
should it also be the case that they have no home?
Jofre Hall lives and creates his work in an otherwise nondescript semi-detached rented
house in resolutely unfashionable Tottenham. Whilst a significant percentage of art is
content to hang unobtrusively on the wall, nearly all of Jofre’s work looms at you, as if
contemptuous of the passive observer. A giant, exposed egg yolk set defiantly against a sea
of blue. A hail of all too real arrows puncturing a sheer yellow canvas. A metal shutter
cropped at a vicious angle like the blade of a guillotine. A hex key expertly carved from
wood, standing as tall as a man.
The audacity of his work is also represented in the sheer breadth of thematic subjects tackled therein.
MOCO is a reflection of how we are living in houses that were designed for families but are now shared by groups of people who often don’t even know each other. What were the communal areas of a house are now another bedroom and the corridors are like avenues outside of the comfort zone. ‘Welcome’ has disappeared from the home a long time ago and in many cases even pets are not accepted much less couples. We cannot pay a £1000 mortgage and yet we are renting for £2500 or more. Divide and conquer was always a reliable tactic of the high aristocracy and it has me thinking: let’s unite and we will live again. MOCO started out as a game, smearing green snot around the streets of London and it sounds as disgusting as it is. We live on a blue planet but we’ve always been on the green side. My sticky mucus houses are a graphic representation of how I feel. I deliberately use two very opposite shades of green to represent the divide – one is called Hippie Green and the other Troops Green. The former I use for the house but the latter covers the entire roof, which in my design also doubles as a tent. The most important feature of a house is the roof and if the roof collapses, the house no longer exists. In my houses, I cover it with the most fragile, unstable and affordable thing on the market: a piece of cloth with a couple of sticks.
We invite you to the private view/opening night of the one and only MOCO opening on 1st September 2022 at 6 PM at Stour Galleries in Haggerston, 258 Kingsland Road!
They are a 9 minute walk from Hackney Wick overground station and approximately 15 minutes walk from Pudding Mill Lane DLR station.
Buses: The 488 and 276 stop at Hackney Wick station and the no. 8 stops close by on Parnell Road.
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