From the Baltic Centre to Crouch End

PUBLISHED: 09:37 13 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:48 07 September 2010

Once again, the Jealous Gallery in Crouch End is staging an ambitious collaborative installation. This time, the artists are Anka Dabrowska and Jeni Snell, who previously showed together at the Baltic Centre in Gateshead in 2005. For Blockhouse at Jealo

Once again, the Jealous Gallery in Crouch End is staging an ambitious collaborative installation.

This time, the artists are Anka Dabrowska and Jeni Snell, who previously showed together at the Baltic Centre in Gateshead in 2005.

For Blockhouse at Jealous, Dabrowska inscribes the Eastern Bloc architecture, street signs, shop fronts and military paraphernalia of her Warsaw past onto found packaging such as paper bags and champagne boxes collected in London.

Her delicate line drawings and cardboard architectural models combine unlikely sites and sources - communist and consumerist, private and public, past and present, memory and archive.

Snell presents a modular assemblage of flat interlocking plywood pieces which she describes as "giant Playplax pieces".

Playplax was a late-1960s building toy enabling children to construct fantasy cities.

Snell's Mirus is an adult-sized version which brings together the contrasting ideologies of child's play and military warfare.

It harks back to her experience of playing among redundant military buildings in Guernsey and evokes children playing in war

zones today.

Blockhouse runs until Sunday at 27 Park Road, Crouch End. Open 10am to 6pm.


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