Library of Congress

I just found out that the Library of Congress in Washington is going to be a repository for all books published by Women’s Studio Workshop in New York. I published ‘Unfolding Architecture’ with them in 2007 and I am still very proud of it, and I have fantastic memories of my time there.

The book is still available for the bargain price of $200 from their website (7 weeks of hard graft letter-pressing and screen-printing went into making them!).

I should also mention that my very talented friend, artist Rose Smith, is currently there making a new book work at the moment – can’t wait to see it!

Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz

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.

Human Castle

It happened! It rained, of course. No one fell. Below is gathered a few words, images and the commissioned film of the project.

Documentation film by Daniel Warren: https://vimeo.com/46924459

Review by Alex Hetherington: http://www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/2355544#.UB-w9MnHYhY.twitter

Blogpost on a BlurofWoodSmoke: http://blurofwoodsmoke.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/mostly-art-human-castle-melvin-moti-and-spl/

Photo set by Yellow Book on Flikr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellowbookltd/7698808970/in/photostream/

City walk

Back in the UK, but I had time to take ‘Inhabitant (St Louis)’ out into the city for the day before I left. I also performed at the opening in the park so will add the work to my website properly as I gather all the footage and images together. For now, the City Gardens, Mississippi river and North Side of St Louis here.

SPECTRUM

Also this Thursday – SPECTRUM opens at Wolstenholme Creative Space and my Portable Reading Room will get an outing.

Thursday 10 May, from 6pm

Gallery Opening Hours Fri – Sun, 12-4pm

ADMISSION FREE

WCS Presents | As part of Liverpool Art Month WCS Presents SPECTRUM: 15 solo exhibitions, with 5 Liverpool based Artists, Duos and Collectives from various stages of their careers, exhibiting each week.

A hugely eclectic, unique and exciting roster has been formed that will exhibit work that together spans the myriad of practice, process, medium and concept that makes up the landscape of creative practitioners in a ‘post-08’ Liverpool.

Noisy, political, personal, humorous, intelligent and determined – a reflection of the city’s current creative community.

Artists

Adriana Galuppo | Dan Simpkins + Penny Whitehead | Emily Speed | Jason Haynes | Julieann O’Malley | Jo Hicks | Kevin Hunt | Mike Aitken | Nicki McCubbing | Penny Davenport | Rhonda Davies | Ria Fell | Roly Carline | Tomo | Tony Knox

Download SPECTRUM PDF

Nothing is Finished, Nothing is Perfect, Nothing Lasts

After a lot of problem solving (budget + huge wall + fabrication + safety etc = this), I spent a really fun couple of days in March planning and making the work with Philip Hutfield from McD Marketing Ltd and Corian® using Cutting Edge plc’s amazing workshop for fabrication.

It’s made using Corian®, the same material the wall is clad in. We baked the material in a sheet 2.5 metres long (big oven) and used a mould to create the soft loop shape while the Corian® was still pliable. The work was fixed to the wall using silicone – in the same way that windows are fixed into skyscrapers. Some images to give you an idea before I get chance to document the work properly.

A huge thanks to Phil for all his hard work on the project. It will be up at Open Eye Gallery until September 2nd, unless the silicone is so strong it has to stay permanently! The work is part of the external wall, so can be seen outside of gallery opening hours, although the exhibitions inside are well worth a visit.

CUTTING EDGE ///  CORIAN® /// OPEN EYE GALLERY