A glimpse of the exhibition of my final work at DJCAD. I was eager to make my portion of the studio an inclusive space and allow the pieces to compliment each other. The gallery aesthetic and context are crucial in my practice and so the final presentation takes a lot of time and effort.
324 papers on large glass, and constructed display
Shirt Pattern (detail)
Repeated type on 4 metre tracing paper scroll
A Wall Collective
Nail varnish on large gridded glass, and constructed display
I went home this weekend past. That was probably the last break I’ll get before Degree Show. Its really getting there now. Three weeks to go. I don’t think I could focus anymore if I tried though. The studio, the assessment and what I’m going to do after June is all that consumes my thoughts. Sorry guys, I’m a selfish entity right now.
Since all I can think about is my practice, I’m going to talk about my practice. I scavenged some old relics from my garage on Saturday. This sort of thing spurs me on.
Found in a large wooden case of shoe-makers tools that were passed onto my Dad. These were some favourite details I saved from the box. The middle piece still has a leather threaded through it, and the set of compasses contains a stub of pencil. I love these details. I don’t know if I’ll incorporate this material into my upcoming show, but I feel sure I’ll use it soon.
The art school likes to kick me out at 8pm these days ’cause it’s ‘Easter Holidays’. So I guess I’ll be off.
Today I registered for graduation. I handed over three pages of forms and £40 and got handed back a receipt measuring 3x4cm. I don’t know what I expected. Champagne? Perhaps later. I came back to my studio and made some art. It seems all I’ve been doing lately is filling out forms and applications. I like organising and tackling little issues like this. But it’s nice to be truly creative also.
I found this tackle box in my loft over Summer and have only recently brought it to my studio. Some objects I find I instantly connect with and others feel disposable. This one is precious. The bulb and wrapper hold value to be too. And yet they have short histories and have seen little. The psychology of nostalgia is not as straightforward as the cliches would suggest.
Last week was not heavily productive in terms of studio practice. But my work is so multi-layered now, I feel like I’m doing everything! I was kept busy with interAction(s), planning my degree show space and the open install of Dear Lynda, an exhibition being held in the Cooper Gallery with its opening this Friday past.
Dear Lynda is a collection of memorabilia from a contemporary art legend. Lynda Morris’s career as curator spans 45 years, this show gives tribute to her tireless efforts to move the art scene away from being purely London based, and make it more accessible for the people. She shows a wide and varied collection of remnants and publications illustrating a colourful career in the art world.
Lynda Morris also conducted a series of ‘in conversation’ events to accompany the open install and run up to the opening of Dear Lynda. I was able to attend a talk between Lynda and Graham Fagan, a well respected tutor here at DJCAD. The two chatted like old friends about Graham’s art school days and being picked up by Lynda’s EAST International project. It proved to be an enjoyable afternoon, and an educational week overall in terms of curation.
I found it particularly beneficial to work alongside Sophia Hao, curator of the Cooper Gallery. While hanging a collection of Lynda’s work it was interesting to hear Sophia’s opinions on how the gallery should be set out. I was given tasks such as hanging publications, labelling works before the opening of the show, arranging vitrines of documents and making Lynda Morris a pot of green tea.
Now that its a new week I’m left to my own stuff however, which I’m grateful for. It’s been nice to keep my activities varied but its time to get immersed in Degree Show work. Eight weeks to go or something crazy like that…
Today, Viv and I gave a talk to a group of curators visiting from South East Asia, hosted by the British Council.
We introduced our Relics of Attachment project and discussed the opportunities the curatorial team has provided us. It was interesting to talk with the group and compare art schools and curatorial programmes.
Talking about art and projects has become a lot easier than it used to be. Perhaps I’m starting to know what I’m talking about.
After the talk, we took down Relics of Attachment. The show is no more. But I’m so very proud of all we achieved with the project.
Technology is making a strong argument against my manual Imperial typewriter at the moment.
I’ve had the idea in my head for a while to make a shirt out of typed text. The problem with this is that with a typewriter having set margins, I’ve been having to make the pattern in panels. This obstructs the look of the piece a little.
Yesterday I had a crit. My tutor suggested, “why don’t you just print out multiples?”.
“Well because… because I want to stay true to my materials… and well… because… oh that sounds difficult… and because…”
I muttered nothings for a few moments and then realised as lovely as the idea of me hand typing the whole shirt is, I’d be so much more productive if i sped up the process with more advanced technology. And technically I’ve still typed the original text that got copied. That counts, right? …Right?
It counts. I’ve come to terms with it now. By scanning in one printed panel and multiplying it on photoshop then printing it on the large scale art school printers, I can do 3 weeks worth of typing in an hour. So I can make more art. I believe this is what they call a ‘win-win situation’.
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…