Tim Ivison & Julia Tcharfas - Metropotamia
2011, Hilary Crisp Gallery, London
Metropotamia by Tim Ivison and Julia Tcharfas was an assemblage of fragmented architectural models. Mostly constructed in the gallery space the scaled down utopian monuments were a playground for the resident alley cats for the duration of the show.
The title 'Metropotamia' refers to one of the many rejected titles by Thomas Jefferson for the Ohio Country, an area haunted by the post-industrial decay of lower Michigan and Detroit. The damaged models and references to visionary social ideology placed on a grid on the gallery floor explore how value and determination are highly subjective.