POST Artists will be showcasing the results of their collaborative practice to the local residents and artists of Hackney Wick to highlight this rewarding means of making work. They will meet the artist in residence at the “Exchange” space on Saturday 27th August when they will continue a collaborative exchange which began with four members going to Athens last year and meeting with collaborative art group OgreAttend. Documentation of the show will be sent back to Athens for the next leg of this collaborative fractal.
The overriding theme of the show is that of “Broken Telephone” a Greek term with a similar meaning to “Chinese Whispers”. With each stage of the collaboration, the message metamorphoses and the journey continues… So far we have covered Byron, death, concrete, geometry, the Atrocity Exhibition, fetishisation of celebrity, triangles, buried hearts and oversized brains. Where will this take us next?
Private view 1st Sept. 7 till 9
Exchange Project Space, Unit 14, Queens Yard, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN
(almost opposite Elevator Gallery)
“I’m in the heart of Tooting at the moment” is a show titled after overhearing a mobile phone conversation and wondering what the heart of Tooting actually is. The site responsive artists of Market POST will respond to this question in the show. There is no clear town centre in Tooting and it seems to lie along arterial routes with no real heart. Where do members of the community consider the heart of Tooting to be or does it have one at all?
Come and see us at our private view this Friday, 24th June 6-8pm. The show continues daily 12-5pm until the 2nd July.
It’s been a busy time lately at Market POST. We are currently running a pound shop! There have been lots of pound shops in Tooting, but not like this one! Market POST is launching Tooting’s first ever Art Pound Shop with small works of art for just £1! This pound shop functions as a site responsive artwork in itself, questioning the value of art and the way that it is perceived. There are all sorts of strange and lovely works for sale including some original drawings, greetings cards, yam prints, and even concrete cupcakes!
I’m pleased to announce that I’m the new chair-person for POST artists.
Founded in 2008, POST is the new peer-led network for artists who respond to place. POST artists work in areas with which they have a personal involvement, staging site-specific shows that reflect the diverse practices of the members. Projects often engage with over-looked and disused spaces and investigate notions of public space. POST is interested in sites that both provoke differences and maintain stability. POST picks up on elements within a site and builds an artwork or event that spirals out from this.
I’m taking part in a contemporary art show that opens in Italy on Boxing Day! The artist’s network I belong to, POST, has been invited to take part in the show because of our joint interests in site based art work. For a mixture of artistic and practical reasons, we decided that members of POST should individually send postcards to the curator of the show in Italy to be assembled as a whole work representing our network once they have arrived. There will also be a slide-show of our summer show Away Day showing near our postcard display.
The show opens on Boxing Day in Cosenza in the South of Italy. The event is in the beautiful cloisters of Santa Chiara. As you can see from the flyer, it was supposed to open on the 18th December but had to be delayed due to extreme snowfall!
There are some days when being an artist is the best thing in the world. Today was one of those occasions. I led a team of artists and musicians in a park (Colliers Wood Recereation Ground) at the Colliers Wood Party. We were doing an improvisation performance and it was so much fun. Art, music, sunshine and an appreciative audience! The artists were improvising to the music, drawing in a way that was like dancing on paper, and the musicians responded to our drawings so it was all very symbiotic, collaborative and spontaneous. This was all based on Sonia Paço-Rocchia’s very interesting original proposal
We had a break at one point where the children had a go and it was brilliant to see their bold enthusiasm. If only we never lost that!
Thank you so much to the amazingly talented musicians: Sonia Paço-Rocchia on basoon and flute and Hutch Demouilpied on trumpet, flute and whistle. They not only improvised with us but also each other and it was beautiful! They gave us so much to work with.
More huge thanks to Jennifer Rolfe Herbert and Richard King who were the other artists and utterly brilliant! I so loved their drawings! As did everyone.
Thank you also to Pippa Koszerek who runs POST Artists and organised for this to happen and Ash Akthar, the Arts development Officer for Merton Council who set up the whole party in the park. It was a great day with more than 800 delighted visitors. I was so glad to be a part of it!