Temporary Works Pre 1996
Between 1986 – 1996 Neville Gabie developed a number of temporary works in streets, rubbish dumps, demolition sites and building sites which are the precursor. They remain significant if not fully resolved works.
1 Untitled – made in a rubbish dump in Finchley, London using found materials 1986
2 Untitled – made in a street in North London in a hired skip placed alongside a builders skip and using their waste bricks 1987
3 Untitled – made on a building site in Cheltenham 1988
4 Untitled – made on a building site in Exeter 1990
5 Untitled – made in a buildinfg site in Exter 1990
6 Untitled – made in a forest uotside Berlin, Germany 1995
7 Unearthed – Camden Arts Centre 1987/88. In doing some research Neville Gabie found that the garden of the arts centre was a former World War 2 bomb site. With careful excavation he revealed foundations of the former building. He then dug a quantity of clay from the garden, constructed a kiln onsite and fired 500 hand made bricks. He used the bricks to reconstruct part of a wall, allowing the shift in alignment of the foundations to dictate the form of the wall. The clay pit, remains of the kiln and brick wall were left onsite for exactly one year before being re-buried.
8 Unearthed – Camden Arts Centre 1987/88
9 Unearthed – Camden Arts Centre 1987/88
10 Unearthed – Camden Arts Centre 1987/88
11 Untitled – Windsor Forest and the Royal College of Art, London 1988. An entire Chestnut tree, including roots, trunk and all branches cut into cubes, stacked and packed in the gallery. Prior to cutting, sections of the tree were photographed and life size photographs were placed in the forest in the location of the original.
12 Untitled – Windsor Forest and the Royal College of Art, London 1988