‘In 1883, poet, painter, and most notably textile designer, William Morris produced the classic pattern The Strawberry Thief. The pattern depicts thieving thrushes with their strawberry loot amid a multi-hued, flowering thicket.
Set within the context of sculpture and installation based works, the exhibition both takes its title from the arguably most famous of Morris’ patterns, and uses the subject as a point of departure in shadowing the strategies used within the exhibition and contemporary art as a whole.
The installation’s austere simplicity—sculptural objects chosen by Conger placed within a light-based work by Nesbit which mimics the sensation of moonlight—becomes even more haunting in “light” of the Morris pattern.’
An essay about the work was written by Julian Rogers for Dodo Editions (first post of 2013)