Hold That Thought 2011, dual exhibition, with Justin Gosker Commentary "10 Ways of Describing ‘Hold That Thought’ To someone who is good friends with the artists: 1 This show is a purging of ideas generated in the period in which the artists have shared their studio. 2 With very little time to deliberate Alex and Justin are showing objects, performances and images based works which come from the relative success of a 15 minute brainstorm over a shared club sandwich. 3 The title was decided upon in the same exchange, as the artists liked the way it referred to their shared reflexive sensibility whilst describing the defining thematic of the exhibition: act now/ apologise later. 4 As well as sharing excerpts from their studio practices, several pieces have been made specifically for the space, which has an undefined temporary lease (the length of the exhibition will be decided by the housing authorities). 5 Within their official capacity as assistants to each others studio practice; tested to breaking point in their first shared exhibition, they can and have made each others work, willed the other to present things which they may have not otherwise, and authored works under the other artists name. To someone who’s unfamiliar with the artists: 1 They have shared a studio and private project space since September 2010. 2 They’ve had three weeks to prepare for the exhibition. 3 The title refers to this defining factor, which Alex and Justin have taken as an opportunity to stop what they were otherwise busy working on and present a cross section of their studios current output, showing works in their current state, whether incomplete, destroyed, or elsewhere. 4 Both artists typically produce works which are hyper-conscious of the context in which they’re shown. As with a feedback loop, the artists output derives from (feeding-on) their context, then presenting a new element which fundamentally alters a visitors experience of that context." exhibitions Hold That Thought, with Justin Gosker, 2011, Elders, The Hague, NL.