This was the exhibition that Kevin O’Connor had wanted to stage since the first day that he walked into the Gallery, an homage to the more pessimistic aspects of Orwell’s book, 1984. The whole space was turned into a giant installation with works appearing from the gloom to shock and disturb. The Guardian’s critic, Waldemar Januscak gave it a reasonably encouraging review.
When the show ended, it became apparent that Kevin’s curatorial enthusiasm to create a dystopic vision of the future had overidden his consideration to work within the constraints of a Collective. His unilateral decision to remove a couple of walls of the Gallery and some of the floor of the upper office seriously exacerbated the problem of leaks in the back arch. His subsequent involvement in running the Gallery lessened allowing himself to devote more time to his growing interest in performance art.
Artists: Moich Abrahams, Tony Ashton, David Atherton, Manfred Blob, Manuel Cardenas, Mark le Claire, Graham Coles, Regina Cullen, Bill Evans, Mark Fairnington, Emma Finch, Neil Fraser, Rick Gibson, Lesley Giles, Maryanne Gordon, Liz Grob, Chris Hayward, Sheila Hayward, Ian Hinchliffe, Jonathan Jefferson, Mike Jeffries, Gavin Jones, Leon Kuhn, Harriet Lasalle, Mark, Chris Martin, Marco Matosic, John McCann, James Milroy, Steve Mumberson, Peter Newell, Kevin O’Connor, Mike Peel, John Rasmussen, Chris Reed, Coleman Saunders, Claudio Schrinzi, Matthew Shelley, Ian Sherman, Graham Tunnadine, Rob Williams, Gennaro Telaro