Run by Jason Dungan and Maria Zahle
London, United Kingdom
We began The Hex in 2006, when we arrived in a flat that was larger than the one we had previously lived in. Our immediate thought was to start doing shows. They would be solo shows, usually with people that we knew already. These artists were doing interesting work, but most hadn’t had solo shows yet.
We have occasionally taken part in larger events working with impressive budgets but have never received any funding for the projects taking place in our flat.
By staging exhibitions in the flat, we created a unique relationship between ourselves, the artists, and the space. We were clear that it was not to be a gallery. What was most interesting was the development of the work in relation to the flat, and the way that the history of previous shows influenced the later artists.
We intentionally blurred the lines between artist/gallery-operator/curator. Jason Dungan and Maria Zahle have shown work as part of the project, and The Hex has made sculptures. We’ve never labelled ourselves in relation to the project, we’re just The Hex, and The Hex can be anything.
The artists do not get any production costs covered but any costs outside of that is taken out of our personal finances. The Hex made sculptures for a show at Moot in Nottingham and during a festival in Hamburg this fall. At Moot the sculptures were casts from corners of our flat made in order to create a context for our chosen artist's work, Mike Cooter. In Hamburg The Hex made and showed a series of videos, a new one made each day composed of recordings of actions in a hotel room and an exhibition we made at a local project space, Trottoir. These videos were shown at an arts festival creating a relationship between the temporary site of the art festival to an exhibition in an established project space in central Hamburg.