As it’s International Women’s Day it seems like a good time to mention that I shall be off to the states in May and June for six weeks to work on a Rosendale Cultural Crossroads Public Art Residency in New York State with Women’s Studio Workshop. I did one of my first ever residencies at WSW back in 2007 and made a limited edition artist’s book called ‘Unfolding Architecture’. I am thrilled to be going back! The picture below (a detail from Masaccio’s Saints Jerome and John the Baptist) is a tiny clue to what will be going on when I am looking at the relationship people in the town have with the architecture there.
I also have a group show coming up in April called Indefinable Cities but more about that soon…
From 1st October until the end of the year I will be the Derek Hill Foundation Scholar at the British School at Rome.
I shall be looking into ruptures of time visible in the buildings of the city as well as the architecture and town planning commissioned by Mussolini and their relationship to Romanitas.
A couple of my Body/Building polaroids were included in the inaugural issue of Paperwork Magazine.
I was also awarded one of the Standpoint Futures residencies for 2013/2014 so I am looking forward to spending 6 weeks in London next spring and getting some really valuable studio visits!
I left Linz last week, after a great six weeks in the studio at the Salzamt. For the final exhibition ‘Expand, Explore, Expose’ I made a cake. This cake (a battenberg) was also a copy of the wooden model made for Hitler by Albert Speer, of the new Führermuseum (a place for the art collection mainly plundered by the Nazis). The original photograph shown here is of the new plan for Linz, part of Hitler’s new masterplan-cities for Germany.
I was interested in how the architectural model can be a very powerful object, in that they contain a lot of potential and the transformation of scale allows people to imagine themselves into this other reality very easily.
Happily the audience were eager to destroy this model of a narrowly-escaped plan and it disappeared within an hour.
Body/Building (Grottenbahn/Limoni Tonnel)
On Tuesday I am heading back to Austria to work for six weeks at Atelierhaus Salzamt in Linz. I was there for three months in 2009 as part of the Urban Interventions exchange with Liverpool Biennial so I’m thrilled to have been invited back. The City of Linz have purchased ‘Inhabitant’, the work I made during my last visit, for their collection, and it will also feature in a publication about their new collection in 2013. Here is a shot of the last visit with me performing Inhabitant and having some kind of encounter or stand off with the little yellow train and its occupants!
Photograph by Jens Sundheim, who was fantastic company last time, wish he was going to be around again. The first picture on his website is from Bellevue, the ‘Yellow house’ – one of the 2009 commissions in Linz, a great reminder of how strongly yellow featured in my last visit. I still haven’t gone through all the images he and Mehmet Dere took of that walk so it’s nice to look back through occasionally and find new ones.
A very fitting title given how busy things have been – this is a mini residency at Burlington Arts Club taking place this week. Invited by Andrew Bracey and working alongside Kevin Hunt, Frances Disley and Dave Evans, we are spending the week making, playing, experimenting and talking. Yesterday we watched The Shining. There will be a private viewing event on Thursday 28th from 6 – 8pm.
I’m excited to have been chosen to take part in A Curriculum, a new residency programme at A Foundation in Liverpool, during March – May 2010.
The residency is described thus:
“The programme will be scheduled over two months and will include input from visiting artists, curators, gallerists, collectors and commissioners. A Curriculum will give participants the chance to explore a broad range of perspectives which build a picture of the artist within the wider professional context.”
I will be starting a new body of work; working towards my first ever solo show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park early in 2011. Can’t wait to get stuck in.
I am here, it is lovely and my studio is enormous. Just about settled in now so looking forward to really getting stuck in to some new work. My head is overflowing with ideas so I shall have to try and start somewhere, I find myself gravitating towards writing again. Seems like there is a lot to see here too so, excited about seeing some new artists and perhaps a different approach to showing work?
More about the residency, Linz and the other artists can be seen here.