I have been a tad lax on updates recently! A few exhibitions have gone up (and come down) in the meantime including
(Re)learning to Read, a group show curated by TORQUE at the Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool
Transparency, an Arts Council collection show at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
[Re]construct at the Chapel at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
as part of the last exhibition, YSP commissioned a new piece of work (well, strictly speaking two, as the film in the exhibition is also newly commissioned by them). Last weekend a group of performers took a walk around the ground as part of A Parade of Architectural Commas. It’s always strange testing out a new piece in such a public way and there was lots to think ab
out and changes to make for the next outing as part of their 40th birthday celebrations on July 16th. The title comes from Capability Brown’s writing on the construction of a garden landscape and refers to the follies that traditionally inhabit a Georgian Garden.
Here there are five archetypes: the grotto, the chapel, the ruin, the obelisk and the pyramid. I have been thinking a lot about the tease and reveal of this kind of landscape, with it’s carefully crafted views, but I am realising that erotic sensibility is all but impossible when a comedic pair of legs are introduced to a sculptural costume. Perhaps a photo shoot with the follies (commas) in July will better reveal their seductive side… watch this space.
Next Saturday at Yorkshire Sculpture Park Deputy Curator Sarah Coulson and I will host an informal day of discussion looking at the spaces we inhabit and how they affect us. The study day will include a walking tour round parts of the estate that have influenced my work. A selection of short texts will used (and circulated before the day) and read at specific points around the park. The order will be this:
Bothy Gallery – to see MAKE SHIFT exhibition
Screening of Buka (13:30 mins), a short film by artist Boldi Csernak
Octavia from Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Space (Continuation and End) from Species of Spaces and Other Pieces by Georges Perec
Extract on the miniature from The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard
Extract from Box Man Kobo Abe
Picnic by the lake
Extract from In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanazaki
West Bretton College Student Halls
Excerpt from Geography of Home by Akiko Busch
Ersilia from Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Book a space for £4 (includes parking) HERE
Last week was spent at the park once again. With the help of the amazing technicians, I launched the Cabanon (named after Le Corbuiser’s little wooden building he built for himself in the South of France – a modest dwelling – it basically means ‘Hut’ or ‘Cabin’ in French)
Aside from torrential rain, thunder and hail, it was a great day and I think we have some beautiful images of the work. Here’s a little taster – the image is Nobby (one of the technicians) releasing me into the wild. Right after this I got tangled in the branches and had to be shunted out onto open water.
The coracle – she sails, slowly but surely. A pleasure to drift on the upper lake at YSP this week, testing out the sea-worthiness of the coracle before I add building work to it. Happy to say it is watertight and not as difficult as I anticipated, although I wouldn’t like to be out in any kind of wind. Performance is the week after next so I have some construction to get on with!
As I trundle ever closer to my exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in July, I am keeping track of my thoughts, works-in-progress and bits of research material in a new blog here. The exhibition title is MAKE SHIFT, hence the blog name… can’t promise complete coherence, but hopefully it will give a bit more insight into what’s going into the work.
Last Friday was the launch at of ‘A House Like Me’ at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The event was to mark the end of my year as bursary holder for the Feiweles Trust at the Park. I have compiled the book and it is a mix of digital printing with screen printed dividers.
It was a lovely day and great to get some feedback on this thing that has been filling my house with piles of paper for weeks.
‘A House Like Me’ is intended for educators wanting to work with conceptual art and is based around the themes in my own practice and the projects I have been doing in schools since last September. The book is not for sale, but a pdf version will be online soon, I will post a link as soon as it’s available. Some images can be viewed in the bookworks section on this website.
ISBN 978-1-871480-85-6, Yorkshire Sulpture Park, 2010. Digital print on paper with screenprinted, card dividers. Digital printed folder.
Just a reminder that the Liverpool Art Prize is only on for one more week, so do go and see it if you can – I’m not sure whether the work will be kept afterwards as it is just so big.
A few projects are being plotted at the moment, but I am currently busy finishing my year as bursary holder at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I am making a limited edition book to mark the end of the year, so next week will be full of paper cuts and swear words.
The end of July and August are marked for the studio and some small projects, so looking forward to getting cracking on some new work.