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What'sOn: Inspiration is in the woods; Exhibitions.

Byline: By Dave Freak

WITH their reputation on the rise it seems fitting that Birmingham art duo juneau/projects/'s largest exhibition to date is on home ground.

Their latest work, The Black Moss, finds Ben Sadler and Phillip Duckworth exhibiting at the Ikon Gallery.

"Black Moss is the name of a place in the Lake District, halfway between the M6 and Grizedale forest where much of our previous work was made," explains Ben who, despite hailing from an urban environment, identifies very much with the darkness and soulfulness of the Lakes.

"There are two main works in the show," he continues. "The first is entitled Beneath the Floorboards of the Forest, Empty Space and is a text-based computer game, to be played on customised computers and installed amongst natural foliage and greenery.

"The second work is called I'm Going to Antler You and is a collaborative project with two local groups of young people who worked with us to create the costumes and music for two fictional rival bands."

Ben, who now lives in London, and Phillip's interest in music informs much of their work with juneau/projects/coming out of experimental band OHNe with fellow artists Matt Golden and Andy Turner.

"We were both in the usual slew of teenage bands and spent way too many hours playing guitars in our bedrooms," Ben smiles. "I think there's still a little withered portion of us that would love to be rock stars."

The Black Moss coincides with the duo's inclusion in the prestigious British Art Show 6, a grand touring survey of the cutting edge of British art which is in Nottingham until June 25.

It will be followed by a collaboration with artist and programmer Ben Neal in a project supported by Vivid.

"There are a number of other projects but, at the moment, these are highly confidential," says Ben, enigmatically. "Suffice to say, you might find us in Japan at some point in July..."

juneau/projects/: The Black Moss continues at the Ikon Gallery until Sunday, May 14.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 12, 2006
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