‘From this filthy sewer pure gold flows’ is a group exhibition bringing together the work of a group of artists working in the north of England. Whilst working across various disciplines and following different conceptual agendas the works in the exhibition share a common bond through their celebration of the unusual, unpopular, absurd, redundant, discarded and disenfranchised.
Working in various media from photography to low-tech sculpture through to ‘gonzo’ style video and ‘no-tech’ assemblage the work in ‘from this filthy sewer…’ discusses ideas of wealth, status, loss, obsolescence and seeks to explore the relationship we have with the material world around us .
Many featured works seek to find the monument in the unmonumental as the artists search for beauty and potential in the ‘things’ that fill our everyday.
The exhibition features works by Emily Speed, Martin Hamblen, Stephen Forge, Susan Massey, Fiona Shaw, Sophie Lisa Beresford, Tom Ireland, Noel Clueit and Richard Cook.
Exhibition is done and I leave Linz tomorrow. Very sad to go, but I am coming back next year to launch my artists’ book so this makes it easier. Today I did my final bit of work (apart from cleaning and packing!) and walked around the city in the sculpture ‘Inhabitant’ that I made during my stay here. Some images below, the best bit was looking back through these and seeing the faces of people watching me. My arms hurt. Big huge thanks to Jens Sundheim, and Mehmet Dere for following me around with cameras!
Saw this piece by Willi Dorner (US based Choreographer) tonight on a random street in Linz. It was great, really exciting stuff and I wondered whether I’d had a premonition or something when I took the cardboard pictures in my studio!? (I admit mine are slightly less impressive in bending terms)
I have been having a great time in my studio – making shelters and life size versions of ‘Places for Hiding’ drawings (one of my artist’s books). The first group exhibition here at the Salzamt opened last week and the next will open in about three weeks.
Other interests: the Grottenbahn, Hitler’s unrealised plans for Linz and escapism mixed with ambition.
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.
Happily settled in my new studio space, I am working on some new drawings to go in an exhibition at the Lost Soul and Stranger Service Station (also known as the Old Barber Shop) at the Bluecoat in Liverpool.
The exhibition is open from 21st May – 19th June and the opening is on the 21st May from 6pm onwards. Venue can be found here.
I have just spent two sunny days oop north as well as a lovely night in a place called Hamsterley Forest in order to do a site visit for Art Land, which takes place in April in Bishop Auckland. I am making a limited edition zine to be placed around the town, presenting an outsider’s view of the place as a town newsletter. I’m excited about getting stuck in, and as the project is funded it means I can spend plenty of time thinking it through/drawing etc.
I also have to plug the b and b we stayed in as it was just sublime, in the middle of the forest, with a hot tub (cossie will be packed next time!) and we were fed like we were being fattened up for winter hibernation, plus it was all such good value. Anyway, if you need a random trip away, go here I tell you: http://www.hamsterleyforestbandb.com/