Silver Gelatin Prints
Ceramic Slip Cast Mold
Silver Gelatin Prints
Ceramic Slip Cast Mold
Thinking about Heterotopic Space (Foucault), Placeless Space, the non place (Auge). The photograph becoming a counter site/space. Questioning how and if objects actually reflect a place? Euclidian Space.
Feel the aesthetic of the images is incredibly pleasing, yet perhaps they are too object oriented. Further abstraction, focus on the crevasses and hollow?
Journeys, Pathways and Track Plans is a group exhibition curated by Peter R Smith, that occupies the now disused original Spode Factory. Eighteen artists, all connected with the city of Stoke-on-Trent, have created new work relating to their own practice and the exhibition’s theme. Consequently, the show displays and explores a wide variety of media and artistic responses.
Funded by Arts Council England.
• Shaun Doyle and Mally Mallinson
• Kate Lynch
• Chloe Ashley
• Phil Rawle
• Andrew Branscombe
• Anna Francis
• Stuart Porter
• Cristiana Cappelletti
• Joyce Iwaszko
• Robert Noble
• Gerald Worland
• Ali Reed
• Stephanie Rushton
• Michael Branthwaite
• David Bethell
• Sabine Popp
• Peter R Smith
Documentation from the presentation event for Beneath the Pavement.
Experimentation with placement of work at Spode site.
Experimentation of image placement (InDesign)
11-25th Oct 2014, Spode Works, Stoke-on-Trent. A digital journal documenting the group exhibition…
The above link is a blog I’ve setup to document and record the exhibition Journeys, Pathways and Track Plans, in which I’am currently involved within.
Ceramic Moulds from Spode Factory.
QUAD is Derby’s centre for art and film with a Cinema, Gallery, Cafe Bar and Workshop.
Selected from an open call, I will be exhibiting work for the exhibition Beyond at QUAD, Derby.
Developed negatives and a few prints today from yesterdays visit to the Spode site. Although most of the images consisted of the architecture from the factory, I was completely drawn to the above images taken of the ceramic molds in storage at the site. At the time, I was interested in the way the molds seemed to convey very architectural elements and I feel the images seems to emphasise this further. As I’ve been invited to create a series of works at for a group show at the factory, I feel slightly torn whether to explore these architectural features that the molds display or continue with my original proposal.
First attempts of Screen Printing- Acrylic on Paper
Visited Mow Cop yesterday to take photos and admire the amazing views across Staffordshire. Love this little instax, looks like a tiny watercolour of the castle!
Beneath the Pavement was an amazing two days of presentations, walks interventions and discussions, concerning working within the art’s public realm sector in relation to Stoke-on-Trent, with the ultimate aim to improve the creative sector of the city. After a wonderful set of presentations from the programme’s lead artists and the invited speakers, I was grouped with Emily, Phil, Rachel and Jane, in which we began many discussion concerning possible ideas for working within the public realm, whilst taking further walks around the city. Although we didn’t actively create any works during the two days like some of the other groups, the chance to discuss and talk through different ideas was incredibly interesting and helpful. This allowed time to process the abundance of information for the development of ideas occur later on.
Initially I felt confused about what art within the public realm actually was. Was it transforming spaces into studios/exhibition spaces, creating pop up shops/café’s, tending to green spaces, improving aspects of the city such as seating areas, or responding to the place and site in response to own practice? I felt torn between what was more important. However, I began to realise that working within the public realm can encompass all of the above aspects, and one type of intervention is not necessarily more important then the other.
After each walk, I became further drawn to the contrasting architecture and began to link this with my current research and practice. Emily suggested that utilizing my own practice within site wasn’t selfish (my initial concern) and could take form as small intervention, such as a publication about the city’s architecture or projections in overlooked corners of buildings.
A week after the development programme, I’m still in a very early development stage in regards to my proposal, although last week I returned to Hanley to undertake another walk around the center for further inspiration. This time I brought my cameras, documenting some of the amazing buildings that inhabit Stoke (images within post). I think exploring the city further is definitely in order over the next month, I feel this could unearth many more hidden gems with potential and to help clarify ideas and thoughts.
Initial Observations and Thoughts:
I’ve listed below a few initial observation of the city center whilst undertaking the development programme:
Cleaning and maintenance of city needs to be addressed, so much litter and derelict building. What is going to happen to the old Hanley Shopping Centre? However these buildings have so much potential, and some are incredibly beautiful (1 Bethesda is a fantastic example).
Some amazing features (mosaic piece above Wilkinson and benches with willow patterns within the centre of Hanley) have been unmaintained and overlooked; with a little care, these could be really brought to life.
There seems to be a lot of small green spaces that need tending to, would it be interesting to create mini allotments/herb gardens which the community could benefit on (would there be enough space for this?)
It was very bizarre how the new aspects of the city conjoined in an unusual manner with derelict and disused areas. One could easily walk through Parliament Row and be confronted by the neglected space within the Old Hall Street. How could this be addressed?
What are other initiatives within city’s that involve art within the public realm? I began thinking of activities and spaces that have took place in other cities, such as drawing tours or First Friday’s. Could these be adopted in Stoke?
I was intending to go into the studio today and create some new works utilising screen printing and photography, however I was drawn to the idea of creating a piece using some of the pre-existing work and imagery that I have generated over the past few weeks. The above piece was an attempt to address some of the issues that arose in previous experiments (particularly the inclusion of forms/imagery that explicitly relates to various architectural style). Although the work is definitely more considered, I’m currently unsure how well it’s articulating my current interests and concerns. A lot more reading and research is most certainly the way forward!
After Beneath the Pavement, I was inspired to further explore the architecture within Stoke-on-Trent, (this time I brought my camera!). Over the next few weeks, I will be experimenting with some of the above images through screen-printing/collage/photography in attempt to investigate ideas around architectural tension and anxiety.