Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP

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Originally something of a dead space for bikes and storage, the yard is now a fluid project space, a way to transition from outside to inside. Arriving during the summer, I found a well-populated cafe complete with furniture designed by artist Richard Woods. On my recent return I found that the cafe had retreated into the building, ready for the English autumn. In its place is the new commission by artists Simon & Tom Bloor, ‘Hit and Miss’.

Their maze-like structures allude to civic and urban landscapes, complete with dead-ends, non-spaces and cursory hardy shrubs. It is the kind of space we intentionally block out as we negotiate our way through the liminal places city dwellers are so familiar with. However, as the light began to fall I found the hidden spaces strangely romantic, almost expecting to find a couple of teenagers snogging around the next corner. Indeed as I am standing there on a Friday evening, several visitors walk part and exclaim, ‘Thats funky!’

The next feature to unravel are a series of hand drawn posters, each one hung on the ‘Hit and Miss’ fencing. These have been appropriated by Simon & Tom Bloor from posters found in the MOMA Oxford’s archives. They originally announced shows by now well-known minimal masters, Judd, Andre and LeWitt amongst others. This conceptual side-step brings us back to the intentionality and very precise deliberateness of artistic practice, where randomness in itself is a strategy. It reminded me that no space is truly in-between and as unplanned as it may seem, someone somewhere has designed, consulted and approved the spaces we negotiate everyday. JS

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