Join us for a mocktail or cocktail to celebrate the opening of 'Why Be Exotic in Private?'‘Why Be Exotic In Private? is a solo exhibition by artist Jenny Steele, which is the result of her research into South Beach Miami’s 1930’s ‘Seaside Moderne’ architecture which was inspired by the long sweeping streamlined curves and details of ocean liners and the International Modernist style. In addition to recording the formal and decorative elements of the buildings, Steele explored the social history of the largest area of coastal art deco architecture built internationally. The installation was Steele’s first solo exhibition in London at The Foundry Gallery, Chelsea from December 2018 – March 2019, and is touring to Rogue Project Space, Manchester in June 2019. For ‘Why Be Exotic in Private?’ Steele has created a series of screen printed, shaped panels that suggest temporary theatre sets. Walls of the gallery are painted in colours from the South Beach palette, which was created by artist Leonard Horowitz in the 1980’s to revive the dilapidated architecture of Miami South Beach; to create a more tropical and desirable environment. The reverse of each panel is painted in a single palette colour and reveal a restaged collection of research, drawings, photography, postcards and historical memorabilia from the buildings which have influenced the designs on the front. This ‘behind’ gives an insight into the way in which Steele works, a process which normally remains hidden from final public works. Exhibition continues 9th - 29th June, available to view on advertised opening times and by appointment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.