Dear Lynda


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.

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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.

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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.

lyndaI 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…

 

Relics Destall

Today, Viv and I gave a talk to a group of curators visiting from South East Asia, hosted by the British Council.

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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.

I Want Your Baking Trays

That’s pretty much it. I want a collection of old and tarnished baking trays and cake tins. I want to arrange them and stack them, and make a sculpture out of them.

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I like to look at them. And they’re old, some dating back to the 60’s. Fascinating.

If you have any you would like to donate to my cause, please let me know.

Thank You.

 

A Problem I’ve Been Having

I’ve become so intertwined with my work.

I guess this is good. The stuff is just me. The problem is its so me that I’m protective of it. I don’t want anyone to know.

Perhaps, however, if they did know the stories of the work, it would help them to appreciate said work. A title provides context, but is it enough? Do my titles need to be more revealing? Do my descriptions need to be more in-depth?

Or can I provide a hint and a little bit of context and rely on you to enjoy it anyway?

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Everything I Know About Him

(2013)

spent matches, collected circles, text on trace, war used binoculars, rusted soap dish.

 

Do I have to tell you who ‘him’ is and what it is I know?

This is what I’m struggling with right now.

 

Betrayal of a Typewriter

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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…”

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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’.

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20 Bananas Laid to Rest

 

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The end of the banana project, and my submission into Relics of Attachment Part II.

“20 Bananas Put To Rest

Rachael Disbury’s work surrounds the themes of obsessive sentimentality. The artist has spent four months trying to preserve a banana peel. This piece shows the end of the project. It is up to the viewer if the artist was successful in her attempt. “

 

Memories I No Longer Need – A Conversation Between Jonathon Baxter & Pete Kinnear

I met Jonathan Baxter a few weeks ago during his ‘Post-Mortem’ residency at Generator. I cannot begin to describe the exhibition space he inhabited. A collectors haven, would be a start. A life size archive of… well as far as I could see, everything. Including the nothings we often disregard. There were boxes of broken eggshells and drawers of used packaging, assemblages of bone parts and discarded tea bags. I found it fascinating.

Jonathan and I got talking and while rummaging through his space we came across a box the artist had acquired some years ago. Jonathan passed this box onto me and so it was that ‘Memories I No Longer Need’ came to be an artwork included in the current exhibition I am curating, ‘Relics of Attachment Part II’.
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This chance meeting led to another string to the Relics bow. Jonathan and I arranged for Pete Kinnear and himself to conduct a discussion to accompany the exhibition.

This took the form of a conversation and unpacking of the box between Jonathon Baxter and the original owner of the box and its contents,
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The title the box was given when it became an artwork was ‘Memories I No Longer Need’ with the description attached, “an exchange of archives from Pete Kinnear to Jonathan Baxter, from Jonathan Baxter to Rachael Disbury, from Rachael Disbury to Relics of Attachment.”

The conversation was attended by 23 artists. It became a very animated hour or so. A particularly fond moment involved Pete unpacking a ball of twine from the box. Jonathan attached this to his coffee mug and threw it into the audience. Within 5 minutes the entire audience was intertwined.

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Huge thanks are due to Jonathan and Pete for providing a very enjoyable afternoon. I am very proud of all the time and energy invested in the Relics of Attachment project.

 

Relics of Attachment Part II Preview

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.relics7

Cooper Gallery Project Space

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 Perhaps we can sleep now… oh wait, there’s that Degree Show thing coming up…

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