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Yerself is Steam. Cunt by Sam Taylor Wood
Yerself is Steam. Cunt by Sam Taylor Wood

Yerself is Steam was an exhibition conceived, organised, selected, hung, opened and closed over a period of five weeks in the summer of 1996. Organised and curated by Iain and Jane, the exhibition featured work by forty London-based artists and was housed in the street and upper levels of 85 Charlotte Street, London W1, a space previously occupied by Karsten Schubert Gallery.

I've built my world around you by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
Detail of I've built my world around you by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard

Iain and Jane included Jason Rock - The Still Ills, the highly stylized framed poster of 'Morrissey' from a Smiths tribute band, I've Built My World Around You, a sculptural work made up of 100 home-recorded compilation 'Tapes for Jane', a powerful observation of sentimentality and obsession and Why Can't I Be You?, a love poem.

Yerself is Steam installation view of downstairs
Yerself is Steam installation view of downstairs

"The silly season is upon us and, as befits the summer months, the city has spawned a rash of group shows. Contrary to the usual insipid fare and bootsale ambience, this exhibition boasts forty of Britain's best emergent talents. Eschewing thematic coherence, the curators have opted for a Generation X vibe, complete with blaring '70s muzak... If the new British school of art exists then, judging by this show, it's more Grange Hill than Bloomsbury. A treat; don't miss it."

Tania Guha, Time Out critic's choice

Yerself is Steam installation view of downstairs
Yerself is Steam installation view of downstairs

This show captured the true spirit of the summer months, featuring an eclectic mix of work from established names, students and recent graduates. Each artist was invited to contribute either something made quickly and specifically for the exhibition, reflecting the spontaneity and spirit of the show itself, or to provide something 'unusual' and never before seen in the UK. Tracey Emin and Carl Freedman's White Dove embodied this idea, as did Dinos and Jake Chapman's highly uncharacteristic painting Tout Abus Sera Puni and Mark Jessett's remarkable Self-Portrait.

Yerself is Steam invitation card
Yerself is Steam invitation card

Yerself is Steam was reviewed by Time Out, Art Monthly, The Evening Standard and Springer.

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London Tonight interview with Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard [stills: LWT]

Yerself is Steam featured work by:

Bank, Simon Bill, Andrew Capstick, Dinos and Jake Chapman, Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Carl Freedman, David Goldenberg, Graham Gussin, Matthew Higgs, Stewart Home, Daniel Howard-Birt, Runa Islam, Mark Jessett, Alan Kane, Gabriel Kuri, Peter Lewis, Colin Lowe / Roddy Thompson, Geraldine Marks, Simon Martin, Adam Maynard, Adam McEwen, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Oxymoron, Simon Periton, Brendan Quick, Daniel Rosen, Bob and Roberta Smith, Johnny Spencer, Polly Staple, Sarah Staton, Sam Taylor-Wood, David Tonge, Virgil Tracy, Jessica Voorsanger and Dean Whatmuff.

Yerself is Steam view from the street, with work by Jonathan Parsons and Sarah Staton
Yerself is Steam view from the street, with work by Jonathan Parsons and Sarah Staton.

Yerself is Steam
85 Charlotte Street
London W1

12 July to 3 August 1996
Open 12 noon to 6pm Wednesday - Friday.
Saturday 12 noon - 3pm. Free admission


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Yerself is Steam. White Dove by Tracey Emin and Carl Freedman


Yerself is Steam. Tout Abus Sera Puni by Dinos and Jake Chapman

Creation by Dan Howard Birt
Yerself is Steam. Creation by Daniel Howard-Birt


Yerself is Steam. Cunt by Sam Taylor Wood


Yerself is Steam. Why Can't I Be You? by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard

 

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Works in this show
I've built my world around you
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Related press
'Yerself is Steam' Time Out
'Pop Art' i-D Magazine

 
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