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GARAGE


North West Northumberland Street Lane Aug 18-19, 25-26, or by 
appointment
4 stars
In a residential dribe-in, a portable TV sits on a rug on the floor, a 
bouquet of flowers laid down before it. On-screen, a collage of scenes 
 from a 1980s TV compendium of schlocky horror play out in Rebecca Key 
with Melodien's 'Sevant! Sevant! Vol 1: Hammer House of Mystery and 
Suspense.'. On the walls around it and in two other lock-ups either 
side, pages of text-book guides to motherhood are pinned up and 
subverted by Ailie Rutherford's overlaid drawings of suckling pigs and 
jets of milk shooting from nipples, or else cotton reels criss-cross 
each other as they run from a clump of coloured straws plugged into the 
wall by Jo Arksey.

With a dozen or so artists' works crammed into the three spaces 
alongside some back garden and front cellar installations, GARAGE is an 
ingeniously busy temporary occupation of places used for private 
hoarding or else plain old car parking. It's also a wonderfully 
off-piste example of a thriving grass-roots scene that exists on our 
own doorstep to potter about in.

The List, August 2012

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