Last month I spent two weeks at Troy Town Art Pottery working on some new ceramic pieces as a collaboration with Ben Cove. Updates to follow when they have been taken out of the kiln (if they all survive..)
I was really pleased to show a drawing from my Body/Building series and some artists’ books with Day & Gluckman at Sluice Art Fair. The rest of the ‘Body/Building’ series are currently on display as part of Fabric Spaces as PIANOFABRIEK in Brussels, curated by Sevie Tsampalla.
I’ll be going quiet for a while to get into the studio, do some writing and to finish off a few new editions. I will be back on 5th February next year with a wearable sculpture work for an event at the Wellcome Collection.
This will be a new work commissioned by Wewiora Projects for Northern Art Car Booty and two performances of the piece will take place on Sunday 30th August 2015.
Expanding on a costume piece made the previous year – a hybrid of clothing and architectural shapes – the work has been developed since as the first official collaboration between my twin sister Ruth Eaton and I (although she has been sewing various things behind the scenes for me over the last few years). Ruth is interested in workwear and the functionality of clothing.
Using three performers and more complex forms, ‘Basic Principles for Building Construction’ will depend on the tension between the three bodies to build and maintain a space; dress becomes wall, body becomes support and the walls finally collapse to become soft wrappings once more. Images are from Ruth’s recent ‘Strategy’ and ‘Utility’ collections.
I left Rosendale over a week ago after a wonderful six weeks and Women’s Studio Workshop have written a great blog post about the work I made during my residency there. Here it is.
Next Friday I will be unveiling a new cake work at 38b in Peckham along with architectural-themed cocktails. There will be a discussion on Saturday afternoon, which will be broadcast live on Radio Anti. Details are as follows:
Emily Speed Model Village?
Opening party Friday 19 June 6-9pm
Exhibition continues: Saturday 20 June 12-4pm & Sunday 21 June 12-6pm
Emily Speed’s interests lie in the connections between people and buildings, and the physical relationship of the body to architecture. For her exhibition at 38b, Emily considers the significance of bombastic large-scale city planning on a personal scale in the domestic. Constructing a unique architectural model entirely from cake, Emily invites visitors to indulge in shaping the model city to question the role of planners and inhabitants, of those that decide and those that occupy.
Model Village? Planners and inhabitants
Saturday 20 June 4.30pm
Join us for an afternoon of town planning over cake led by Emily Speed and Eva Rowson, to discuss the roles architects, planners, and inhabitants play in shaping our buildings and village-town-city-scapes.
Spaces are limited. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to bag your place.
On for two more weeks – Indefinable Cities at Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent, reviewed by Dominika Mackiewicz here.
More about the exhibition itself here.
Showing Groviglio/Tangle (foreground) by Emily Speed and ‘Look See’ by Ben Cove (background)
Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
April 10th – May 16th, 2015
A group exhibition, exploring the development of cities worldwide, and in particular the way that artists are responding to and documenting Cities in flux, and more; how artists impact on their environments and the regeneration of Cities. Presenting works of 6 UK and Japanese artists, curated by Anna Francis (UK) and Koh Yoshida (JP).
Still from ‘Groviglio/Tangle’, Emily Speed, 2015.
Indefinable Cities features the works of 6 artists – 3 from the UK – Emily Speed, Ben Cove and Rebecca Chesney and 3 from Japan –Ayaka Nishi, Hirofumi Suzuki and Daiki Murakami. The exhibition will open at AirSpace Gallery and then move to Japan, where the works will be exhibited at 6 venues across the country.
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…
Next week I will have some small works, some that date as far back as 2005, leaving the studio for the first time to be exhibited at Mrs Rick’s Cupboard (thanks for the invitation Craig Fisher):
P.V: 12 February 2015 (7 – 9pm)
13 February – 26 March 2015 Open Friday 12-4pm
Mrs Rick’s Cupboard is pleased to invite you to our next exhibition, ‘Unbuilt Library’ by Emily Speed.
Each model in the Unbuilt Library is a reading room designed for the reading of a specific book or text, with space for only one or very occasionally, two readers. Speed is interested in the relationship between the body and architecture and the book/spaces featured in this library all make this connection and have been particularly influential on Speed’s practice; literature is often a significant part of her research. The shape, materials and size of these intimate spaces are chosen according to the text itself, taking cues from the events, characters and tone. The models (or perhaps, unrealised sculptures) have been made over a long period of time, the earliest in 2007 and the most recent in 2015.
The architectural model itself is also of great interest to Speed as a medium that presents an ideal; existing as pure potential. Models are delicate, yet symbolic of power, because they can be held and even destroyed by human hands (the city, literally in your grasp) and they also provide an unusual situation, where one can be fully outside of a space and see the whole.
Mrs Rick’s Cupboard
33 Seely Road
Build-up, a work originally made with the support of Castlefield Gallery for my exhibition there with Hayley Newman in 2013, has been purchased by the Arts Council Collection.