Pam Glew, born in 1978, is a well-established, contemporary British artist, best known for her unique bleaching technique on fabric, vintage flags, and handmade vintage quilts. The Woolff Gallery is delighted to present ‘Wanderlust Hotel’, which is Pam Glew's 4th London solo show, since 2011.
Inspired by the intriguing goings-on in legendary hotels such as New York’s Chelsea Hotel and Hotel Marmont in LA, as well as by film-makers such as David Lynch, Glew has created the 'Wanderlust Hotel': a fictional guesthouse frequented by illicit overnight guests, and dark secrets. Populated by characters such as the “weekend” girlfriend, the bride holding a revolver, the maid, the mixologist, the sleeping porter, the receptionist, the Call Girl on a visit to Vegas, as well as the VIP guest, these fictional guests all sweep in and out of the picture frames of this seductive environment.
Playful, self-staged photo shoots make up the majority of the subjects as the artist explores this imaginary world. Glew has invented stories for all the characters in the ‘Wanderlust Hotel’. For example in the artwork ‘Sisters’, Glew explores a meeting of 2 estranged identical twins. One of which is the maid, and one the VIP. An imagined rift is between them as if they have not spoken in years, they both then meet in the hotel room where the maid is cleaning up after her VIP sister, both tension and compassion are apparent in this captivating work.
The element of ‘play’ is further explored in Glew’s miniature ‘Wanderlust Hotel’ model. Here the hotel is bereft of people as the residents that we have become familiar with are now only present in the tiny re-created versions of the exhibition paintings hanging on the miniature hotel walls, and we further explore the idea of the hotel being an escape, a playground for adults…
'Wanderlust Hotel' Exhibtion opens 14 January 2016.
WOOLFF Gallery, 89 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 4PU