This week has seen the attainment of my honours degree in Fine Art and an acceptance from Edinburgh College of Art to study Contemporary Art Theory with them. And its Degree Show tomorrow. “eek”.
I am looking forward to the event and appreciate the effort my friends and family have made with travelling up to Dundee. I have no idea what the night will have in store for me and ‘nervous’ doesn’t seem to cover what I’m feeling. It’s 5am. I can’t sleep.
Here’s a sneak preview of what to expect from me tomorrow, I hope to see you all there.
Liam, Lada and I have had our project interActions(s) running in the Matthew Cabinet at DJCAD since February, so it was weird having to take it all down today.
Here’s a final snap.
I’m glad to have been asked to take part in the visual dialogue. The experience added further depth to my work this semester and contributed greatly to my enjoyably busy schedule.
I’ve kept records of all the interactions between Artists A and B and the curator, both online and in book form. I would site this as a highlight of my art school career and am sad to see the cabinet blank white again.
My work for DJCAD’s Degree Show this year is now officially installed and presented. And I feel numb. So I have little to say on the matter at the moment.
Other than a huge thank you to my friends, family and tutors for all their help and support. Special mention to ‘Mother Harriette’ for her patience and helping hand this past week.
Here’s something I prepared earlier, some accompaniments to my show.
We do not cling to the past. The past is a by-product of a reluctance to let go of the present. We build collections to record a spectacular presence. All but the cataloguing is lost. Objects become something different: an image of recollection. They have shed their intended usefulness and now serve to be viewed and maintained. Rachael Disbury’s work surrounds this notion. The artist creates entirely new objects through a change of context and purpose.
Assemblage and installation based, the work is contemporary in palette and form, straying away from the ‘kitsch’ often associated with hoarded collections. Typed text is combined with gathered objects and constructed displays. The use of recognised items allows the viewer to look at the familiar, in an unfamiliar way.
The artist’s current research addresses the question ‘What Makes an Object an Artwork?’. The answer is multi-layered; the intention of the artist, the perception of the viewer and the curation providing context. Rachael Disbury’s practice is based on a belief that these components go ‘hand in hand’ in the experience of an artwork. Perception, purpose and placement are key factors in the resulting interaction.
After a long two days of prepping my sand mould, pounding it into a sturdy brick, it was ready to have bronze poured into it. The excitement of the pour is hard to describe. It really has to be seen. We waited an hour for the bronze to be melted in and before we knew it our casts were alight.
Thursday evening saw the opening of Relics Of Attachment Part II. Yes, it was Valentines Day, and oh how romantic it was. We couldn’t have asked for a better turn out. The event was a huge success and we are very grateful to the 28 artists that took part and everyone else that was involved in this project.
Cooper Gallery Project Space
The preview ran from 5 til 7 and was heavily attended. We have received very positive feedback about the exhibition which runs until the 2nd of March.
Our friends and fellow artists have been a great help in this process. Harriette baked brownies for the occasion, and a group of my old friends made a surprise appearance. The middle image below shows Liam Dunn performing a reading from his ‘Fuckist Manifesto’, which was also a great success and brought another dimension to the evening.
We were able to exhibit a wide selection of work in varying mediums. A lot of work went into this project, from the small details of what wine to serve to the larger tasks of making the accompanying publication. The five of us on the Relics team have had a hectic few months.
Perhaps we can sleep now… oh wait, there’s that Degree Show thing coming up…