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Summer Drunk Tank

1 Dec - 27 Feb, 2010

Summer Drunk Tank was an exploration of one of colour's most interesting effects on humans. The gallery walls were awash in Baker-Miller Pink - also known as 'drunk tank pink.' The hue resembles a deep Pepto-Bismol and has been found to lower heart rate, pulse, and respiration levels.

Jail cells painted drunk tank pink have been used as a calming effect on detainees. Dr. Alexander Schauss, director of the American Institute for Biosocial Research in Tacoma Washington, was the first to report the suppression of angry, antagonistic, and anxiety ridden behaviour among prisoners: “Even if a person tries to be angry or aggressive in the presence of pink, he can't. The heart muscles can’t race fast enough. It’s a tranquilizing colour that saps your energy.” In spite of these powerful effects, however, evidence shows that tranquility may only be short-term. Once the body returns to a state of equilibrium, a prisoner may regress to an even more agitated state.

Playing on the idea of the drunk tank, a temporary holding cell for rowdy and difficult offenders, various male artists exhibited new and existing works that presented confrontational attitudes and motifs. The art was locked up in the gallery's own summer slammer.

Featuring: Christian Keinstar, Clinton Phillips, Geoffrey Heath, Jason Lingard, Kevin Capon, John Hurrell, Matt Molloy, Simon Glaister, Slava Mogutin

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Summer Drunk Tank Left to right: Christian Keinstar, Simon Glaister, Slava Mogutin, Matt Molloy

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Left to right: Geoffrey Heath, Jason Lingard (video), John Hurrell, Kevin Capon

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A double blow for our country - Part I & II by Christian Keinstar

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(bill posters installation) by Simon Glaister
4 images from Berlin Skinheads series by Slava Mogutin

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3 images from Pastel Pink series by Geoffrey Heath

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Fame (video still) by Jason Lingard

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Fame (video still) by Jason Lingard

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Installation of 7 sculptures from Things series by John Hurrell