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From the exhibition PLOT at the Cable Street Gallery, 1998.

In their first ‘solo’ show Dunhill and O’Brien exhibited 2 new installations. The Lost Works consisted of 100 plasticene sculptures based on lost artworks and components from installations that they had each made prior to 1998 as individual artists. These small-scale sculptures based on ‘missing’ artworks made over a twenty-five-year period were presented on shelves, grouped together according to their shape and structure.

There wasn’t any indication of the context, scale, material or motivation behind the lost work, and no sign of which artist authored either the new lost work in plasticene or the original work on which it was based. The only background information offered to the viewer was a date written in pencil on the wall above each object, indicating the year in which the original was completed.