We’ve always been fascinated by the space between art and design, how they intersect and can work together. Plinth was born from a desire to create iconic and affordable pieces with the provenance and personality of the artists we love; to bring a wider audience to contemporary art, and vice versa.
We’re really interested in the venues ‘Plinth' inhabits. While we ‘pop-up’ intermittently, we’re always online at plinth.uk.com, and the internet as a site accessible from anywhere in the world, for free, really appeals to our ethos. On the other hand (and thinking about venues more literally!) our first pop-up in Great Russell Street was staged in a run down Georgian town house opposite the British Museum. We curated the space much like one might decorate their own house, hanging work on the walls and propping editions on mantelpieces. Partly, this was about allowing the visitor to imagine the pieces in their own rooms, but it was also about interrogating that glass wall between the art-world and the personal. What is the difference between an ornament and a Sculpture with a capital S? Can’t people look at art on a living room wall, as well as in the classic white space? How about online?
In our most recent pop-up at 10a Thurloe Place, we were thinking about outside and inside. Our major commission was Florilegium SW7 by Jacques Nimki; a living english meadow spanned 650 square feet of our ground floor, and in its midst we showed beautiful, handmade furniture from Raw Edges. We like thinking about categories, and blurring the lines between them.
Our talks and events programme - running both at our pop-ups and elsewhere - is a really key element of Plinth, and it’s deeply tied to our desire to demystify art, and to make it more accessible. The workshops are often run by the artists whose work we’re showing, and it means the public can meet the person behind the body of work, and often make their own. We’ve had talks from big names - Richard Deacon, Jonathan Watkins - but they’re held without ceremony, in relatively intimate settings. We do our very best to keep the events free to attend, too. Our website is full of interviews with artists and reviews of current exhibitions, also written with the aim to acquaint the audience with a world they might otherwise find intimidating.