O, o, o, o
Ross Hammond

22 March – 28 April 2024 
PV:  March 21st, 6:30pm

Ross Hammond has moved into Chemist. On the front ground floor large walls lean against the gallery’s own. Uprooted and relocated from elsewhere, they’re treated with wallpaper and paint, ornamented with coving and skirting. Some sections have been cut into, ripped open or taken apart revealing their own fabrication and hidden layers of found and imagined objects and imagery. Situated around these are a series of miniature models of his childhood home, a receding battalion and a barren countryside field.

Behind the gallery space, in the back room of the house, an ageing mediaeval period costume from a Shakespearian BBC production is resting on a hanger while a sound piece of a single speaker is performing.

In ‘Fancy a Cup of Tea’, a previous work by Hammond, he moved his father’s entire south coast living room into an exhibition space in London. This time, it is not the content of the room but in a way, the memory of that house itself. Remodelled based on the family home and other collective working-class domesticity from the 80’s - 90’s, the dislocated walls and miniaturised models are constructs and ruins at the same time.

The exhibition is a tragic-comic quest for a lost identity, home and country; Hammond is building a set dedicated to the heroic and futile, to the anti hero who’s in constant repositioning in time, moving between a desire to forget and the obsession to remember. O, o, o, o as Brian Dillon writes ‘is surely nothing more or less than the vocal expression, precisely, of silence. O' is the tragic apotheosis of zero.’

Ross Hammond (b.1987, UK) graduated with an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths University in 2020 and BA in Fine Art with Kingston University in 2013. In 2021 he received the SPACE Artist Award and in 2019 he was awarded the Goldsmiths Wardens Prize, selected by Sarah McCrory, Director of Goldsmiths CCA . He was nominated for the ACME Studio Award and went on to become a member of the ACME Springboard Programme (2019). He has exhibited and screened work at Southwark Park Gallery, Towner Gallery, Seventeen, Deptford X and Wandsworth Arts Festival.

Graphic design and identity: Oliver long

Exhibition Hours
Fri-Sat 12:00-18:00
Sun 12:00-16:00