I’m delighted to announce that I have now joined the board of Trustees at the Florence Trust as Artist Trustee. Having gone through the program in 2010 – 2011 its a great honour to be asked back to play a part in the future of the Trust. I feel my time at the FT was a turning point in my practice, where my work developed considerably and I left with the confidence from the experience to continue onwards. This was down to a mix of the stunning St Saviours environment, a strong and close knit group of fellow artists and the time to push forward my practice. For this reason I was always willing to give something back, as it happens this role enables me be involved in the program in a more official capacity.
As a former residency artists I will act a link between the current studio artists and the board of Trustees, I will also be working on setting up the Alumni group to make the most of the large network of artists who have been through the residency. I have been working on the social media side of things, an area the Trust has so far resisted entering. We now have a dedicated Facebook page and Twitter account as well as a blog. These will be used to share information on the activities of the current studio artists both in and outside of the studios as well as alumni exhibitions.
There are many great stories of Florence Trust artist’s successes and I hope that through these new strands of communication we’ll be able to share them, in turn promoting a fantastic arts charity who 20 years in are still growing and helping artists from around the world develop their practices. I’m looking forward to using this role as an excuse to visit the studios more often, getting to know all the artists and have a hand in the future of the program.
Friday sees the launch of the 20th edition of Petite enveloppe urbaine at Banner Repeater, which is based on the theme of Game. I met organizer (or Coach) Douglas Scholes while he was on SPACE studios Canadian artist in residence program in London, as 1/5th of artists collective Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM) he invited a number of artists he met during his time in London to participate.
‘Game’ for me spoke of childhood pleasures and timeless boys pursuits which the romantic inside would like to think can still exist in childhoods dominated by the digital. The piece I created takes a Victorian etching of boys mudlarking on the banks of the Thames as a starting point, which I made as a lino and printed over a digital print of a WW2 propaganda image of the Royal airforce flying over a naval convoy. I wanted to make an image which transcended the centuries to show the ageless nature of boys games and messing around in mud, while the war time background image (war games?) possibly featuring boys of a not dissimilar age heading off to war on ships. The figures of the original etching are now wearing Wellington boots, a subtle nod to the shift of era.
Petite enveloppe urbaine no. 20 is a serial artists’ publication organized through the Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM) that uses standard sized postal envelopes (A5) to distribute ideas across cultural networks. The edition for this issue is 70 for which the invited participants were asked to produce a work based on the theme GAME. The eleven participants include Daniel Canty & Patrick Beaulieu (Montreal, Canada), collectif_ fact – Annelore Schneider & Claude Piguet (Geneva, Switzerland), Emotional Driven Process Based Parallel Identities (London, UK), Levin Haegele (London, UK), Lukas Heistinger (Vienna, Austria), Pekko Koskinen (Helsinki, Finland), Alan Magee (London, UK), James Prevett (London, UK), NaoKo TakaHashi (London, UK), Andy Wicks (London, UK) and YKON (Helsinki, Finland).
Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM) is a symbiotic (parasitic) research group with no exhibiton space of its own. It uses the pre-existing exhibtion network to present diverse projects. The CRUM is an artists collective of five members dedicated to exploring links between art and urban space.
Friday also sees the launch of The condition of things, a book documenting Douglas Scholes’ project of the same name that was developed during his residency at SPACE Studios, Hackney, UK (March to August 2012).
The one night only launch is at Banner Repeater on Friday 16 November 2012 from 7 – 9pm, I’ll release details soon of how you can get hold of the publication/print portfolio.
Hackney Downs Railway Station
I’m currently showing new paintings in the latest Standpoint Gallery exhibition ‘Painting Versus Object’ which opened last week. It ‘looks particularly at the territory negotiated between painting, painters, objects and the world they inhabit’, with works from Sean Edwards, John Holland, Clare Mitten, Katja Pudor, Mia Taylor as well as my own.
Thanks to all those that made it to the opening, it was a great busy night and first airing for the new paintings from the Skeleton Architecture series which were well received. The exhibition continues for another month so if you find yourself in the area, do take a look.
The exhibition is on until 8th December, open Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 6pm.
45 Coronet Street