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Pavement is an exhibition space housed in a former drapery store. The window space, which cannot be entered by the public, provides a highly visible stage for the display of international contemporary art. Any threshold existing between the institution and the outside world is absent; the work can be seen by the public, day and night. A distant glance engages the viewer and the work invites their scrutiny. Pavement will allow for the exploration of potential differences in the relationship of contemporary art to an unconventional institutional setting. The work on display will seek to utilise and exploit its position of visibility in order for its significance to be explored and to generate a wider response.

Mark Titchner: The World Isn't Working

31st January - 15th March 2013

Mark Titchner: The World Isn't Working (2008, Berlin)

Pavement Gallery is pleased to present The World Isn't Working by Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner. The street level location of Pavement Gallery will complement this billboard type work, evoking ideas of press and poster banners. The World Isn't Working has been described as being a "direct reference to the brutal Saatchi & Saatchi advertising strategy" [1] which was used as part of the Conservative Party campaign in 1979 that led to their election win with the slogan 'Labour Isn't Working'. This work demonstrates Titchner's use of words to satirically echo those of political advertising and mass media campaigns.

External viewing of the gallery and the work is possible at all times; For any other information please email

Notes to editors: Mark Titchner's varied artistic practice includes drawing, sculpture, installation and video. His book "Why and Why Not" was published in 2004. Titchner was also nominated for the Turner Prize in 2006. Other works include And waiting we plunged into dreams (2012) commissioned by the Firstsite, Colchester. Man, Hill, Sky, Seven Days, Seven Nights (2010) DVD. Voices you cannot hear tell you what to do (edit) (2004/6) 59th minute, commission Times Square, New York. Recent exhibitions include The Dark Monarch, Tate St. Ives (2010) The Future Demands your Participation, Minsheng Art Gallery, Shanghai, China (2010), Art Paris - Just Art, Grand Palais, Paris (2011) Made In Britain, Benaki Museum, Athens. (2012) Mark Titchner has also had many solo exhibitions Be True to Your Oblivion, New Art Gallery Walsall was one he opened in 2011 as part of the 'Home of Metal' project to establish Birmingham and the Black Country as the home of heavy metal music.

Mark Titchner is represented by Vilma Gold.

1. Müller, Dominikus. 'I Can't Make Out A Peace Sign To Save my Life', Artnet, November 20, 2008

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