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23 May 2014

YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET

“Cat Not Here” is a conceptual work that was created by Brian Luff and Georgina Sowerby in January 2011. The work was lost by the artists immediately after being made, and they now insist that it is the very absence of the piece that is art.

That means that “Cat Not Here” can be exhibited in art galleries or public spaces, merely by not being there. But there’s a catch –  it can only be absent from one place at a time.

By being absent for 10 days from the square outside Hornsey Town Hall, “Cat Not Here” will be an official participant in the Crouch End Festival, which runs from Friday 6 June to Sunday 15 June 2014.

Georgina Sowerby, who once worked for Saatchi & Saatchi, says:  “It’s not just about the work not being there. It’s about all the other stuff that isn’t there either. The most exciting thing about this piece is that people don’t know when they haven’t seen it.”

This is not the first conceptual piece from Sowerby and Luff. In 2007 the artists created “Fish Not Here”, which they claim was widely exhibited by being absent from a number of galleries in London.

If you would like to learn more about “Cat Not Here”, or any other conceptual work by Sowerby and Luff please email studio@sowerbyandluff.com

The artists promise to reply to you. If they are there.

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