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