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The Acme Project Space ran from June 2009 to December 2015. It provided an opportunity for those artists who are part of our Residency & Awards Programme and our International Residencies Programme with a public space within which to develop projects, show new work and engage in a critical dialogue with a wider audience.


Peter Burgess

‘Bryant and May . . . and’ 28.3.2013 - 1.4.2013



29 March to 1 April
1pm to 6pm
Private View: 28 March, 6pm to 8pm


There is more than one way to tell a story, and most stories have more than one possible ending. Peter Burgess is known for having a way with words, but in his solo show, 'Bryant and May . . . and', the artist uses simulacra of an everyday object and images of London cloudscapes to construct a set of narratives that pose more questions than they answer.

The studio where Burgess is currently undertaking an Australia Council for the Arts residency lies within the converted Bryant and May matchbox factory premises in Bow. Co-incidentally, the company, has a role in Australian History. The phrase “You will answer to Bryant and May” is allegedly attributed to the Wobblies (International Workers of the World). It was an intimidatory threat concerning various small fires in Sydney 1910-20. This mundane domestic object, a matchbox, has the potential to instill terror. Or not.

The “. . . and” section of the show represents work that has been completed during the first three weeks of Burgess’s London residency. In these 2D works, the artist puts a contemporary spin on photographic history’s notion of Equivalence. These works on paper mimic the iconic cloudscapes of seminal photographers Minor White and Alfred Stieglitz, but they have been layered with texts and corporate logos the artist has encountered during his time in London. What you see isn’t what you get. The dark liminal zone between, brimming with potential, is where the focus lies.


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