John Henry Newton

There are strangers outside waiting for you

Rice + Toye, THE DOOR

3rd December 2015 – 10th January 2016

A collaboration with Alex Wealands

For Rice + Toye’s inaugural show at THE DOOR, John Henry Newton and Alex Wealands have been invited to create a commission specifically for THE DOOR. A small screen flickers in the frame, relaying grainy images out onto the street - images fed from a camera installed within the member’s only space of the Society Club. In its entirety, the footage can be considered as a film that will only ever be shown once, its action subtly directed by the movements of unknown bodies. The implied privacy becomes surveyed, offering an altered perspective of the encounters within the adjacent space. Newton and Wealands collaborate, as respective artist and writer, to produce a series of interconnected narratives inspired from a mixture of personal memories and associations to the intimate yet permanently open gallery. Floating on the windows of the Society Club the texts become lenses, filters and gels that colour the experience and events on the street. Reading the outside of the building as a part of the narrative, the boundaries between the site and the work, private and public, real and fiction are refracted.

THE DOOR is a vitrine space hosted by The Society Club that emerged from the original entrance to the building on Ingestre Place. Sealed from within, the space now offers an intimate and humorous setting for artists to install and broadcast singular ideas. THE DOOR is a doorway nestled in the heart of Soho that never closes, never opens: visible 24 hours a day. 

Newton and Wealands have also produced a publication to be read alongside the installation, bringing together writings from both artists. Printed as a four page newspaper, the publication is to be freely distributed in front of the space at intervals.


Artist, B. Swindon, UK, 1988. Lives and works in London.

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