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 thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this amazing mini-residency on Light Vessel 21. Not only did I get to explore some intriguing nooks and crannies, but I also got to collaborate with some really interesting artists in response to the place. Steve McPherson, Sarah Britten-Jones, Katy Beinart and myself discovered that we have a mutual fascination with archaeology and the way in which we believe the labels in museums as absolute truth even though they are often just supposition.
This led us to create an amateur historical society. We gave three lectures in the control room about “The Secret History of LV21″ including extracts of diaries that had been found from the all female crew who crewed the ship for a period during WWII. This was further supported by the range of displayed artefacts, mentioned in the diaries. These included a paper model of LV21, a painting made on board of a face like element of the ship, and a replica signalling balaclava. Many were fascinated by the story, a journalist from a local paper was taking vigorous notes and we had people mention that we should investigate further and turn it into a tv documentary, a book or a film. As Steve stated, we would need to get someone to do the writing for us since none of us are very good at creative writing.
I’d like to say a massive thank you to figure ground for organising the event and to ship owners Paivi and Gary for hosting it all and letting us run riot! It was a great pleasure to meet all the other artists and I hope to see you all again soon and thanks also to everyone who came to see the art, watch the performances and hear our lecture.
This Wednesday, we open up LV21 and our exhibition of collaborative artworks, responding to the ship. The ship will be free to explore between midday and 5pm on the 20th April, so if you can make it to Gillingham Pier that day, I thoroughly recommend a visit. I’m pleased to be one of the twenty artists selected by figure ground
an artist’s network that aims to reconfigure the current context of art in public places.
Directions to Lightship event
From London it takes about 45mins on the high speed train from St Pancras Intl or Stratford Intl to Gillingham. You can also catch a slower train from Victoria or Charing Cross. It takes about 20mins to walk from the station to the Lightship.
Here is Gary Weston’s beautiful short film of the first day of our mini-residency on the lightship
I’ve been busy lately setting up Market POST, a POST Artists’ project based in Tooting Market where we plan to develop a space which encourages experimentation, and investigation of Tooting Market, the people who visit it, and the surrounding area. We would like to run inclusive workshops alongside our programme of events and exhibitions. It will become an exhibition/project/studio/tea lounge/collaboration space for all to come and see and join in with. We begin tomorrow and our first exhibition and event will be on May Day. More details to follow…
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!