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Joe Moss, Michael Wall: Puffy House “Mike Was Here”


Within the crowded table top of model homes, the jade home stood out in this configuration for its improbable proportions and timeworn appearance. The general structure of the object is irregular and organic, the roof bares the finger sized marks of its maker, the doorway and window are rendered in shallow etchings which do not…

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Michael Wall’s model house “Mike Was Here” was made in collaboration with Joe Moss’ Model Village installation. Wall’s treatment of the object as timeworn reveals a material tension between its status as a sculpture, and an architectural model.  When viewed as a model home in its original presentation these anomalies are subordinated to the house’s aesthetic function within the collective.

Model Village was a collaborative exhibition-making project developed over a residency Moss took part in at Eastcheap Projects, Letchworth Garden City in 2022. Initially held at Take Courage Gallery in New Cross, London, it was commissioned on a larger scale as part of Sensing Place at NN Contemporary in Northampton.
The event addressed questions of ‘placemaking’ in new towns. During the program, participants were asked to make houses or public services out of any material and position them on a tabletop-gaming landscapes. There were no material rules. From assembled kebab napkins to pebbledash mini-houses, the collaborative world building facilitates exchange between people, and over time a logic, specific to each event, arose independently from any singular vision of what the ‘Model Village’ might be. The resulting sense of place, generated over the run of the program, captured the process of ‘culture’ arising naturally within the creation of a physical display.
Michael Wall (b.1992, Norwich) is a London based artist, playfully addressing scale, form and colour – his pieces offer themselves to be ambiguous and approachable.

Inspired by geometric abstraction of the 1980s, the work exists to mirror contemporary society through conformity, preconceptions and individualism. Through the themes of familiarity and hierarchy Wall’s practice explores the everyday commonalities that connect us all, most recently the relationships we hold with societies most ubiquitous materials.

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Weight.3 kg
Dimensions15 × 15 × 15 cm

Joe Moss, Michael Wall