Outset supported Matthew Darbyshire’s first solo show in a public UK institution. The artist took as a departure the domestic interior of a fictitious, urban middle-class professional in his mid-thirties. The character and his choice of furniture, textiles, art and other paraphernalia were used as a vehicle to address issues of taste, style, aspiration, class distinction and demographic blurring.?
As well as containing furniture and accessories from interior decoration stores ranging from George at Asda to Fritz Hansen, Darbyshire included his own components as well as those of other artists and designers, thus producing a composition that goes beyond representation, by allowing for gaps, antagonisms and doubts to slip in.