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Enjoy ‘stuff’! We Can Have It All, at the Spacex

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Image: Laura White, We Can Have It All, (detail) Spacex, 2012. Image courtesy the artist.

We Can Have It All, refreshingly declares the title of Laura White’s solo show at the Spacex gallery, Exeter. The show promises to question value, taste and our relationship with consumer culture.

Laura has long been fascinated with ‘stuff’ – the objects she comes across everyday in her life, and, as her website says, she ‘gathers, makes, places, arranges, manipulates, distorts and re-presented objects and stuff to create new relationships and meanings’.

Laura is back in Devon after taking part in Plymouth’s 2012 Sinopticon exhibition.

We Can Have It All begins by creating a historical context of ‘art objects’, referencing particular sculptural languages including classicism and figuration, modernism; particularly abstraction.

Along with the sculptures, the exhibition features new photographic works, which ‘play with scale and placement, materiality and craftsmanship’.

The aim is to shake up our pre-conceived ideas about all the ‘stuff’ that surrounds us, and it’s by breaking these boundaries that we’ll be able to ‘have it all’.

We Can Have It All is at the Spacex gallery, Exeter, from December 8, 2012 to February 23, 2013.

• Laura White We Can Have It All exhibition opening and artist conversation, Saturday, December 8, 3-5pm. Free. Laura White will be in conversation with Eliza Gluckman from 4pm.