Objects of Conjecture

Objects of Conjecture (2015) is a collaborative work by Sarah Hughes and David Stent, exhibited at Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham, which poses questions regarding orders of dependence between an exhibition of three-dimensional sculpture and an associated body of writing. Part of this concern is addressed toward exhibition conventions whereby a physical exhibition is accompanied by a printed document, often serving to contextualise the show and provide information that can be taken away. Here that convention is both acknowledged and subverted, with an extended ‘essay’, ‘Lumpen Structures’, replete with images and references, serving to provide speculative commentary on the sculptures as well as becoming implicated in the exhibition itself.