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Petite enveloppe urbaine no. 20 Launch at Banner Repeater – Friday 16th Nov

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 13 November, 2012

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.

Unique lino and digital print on paper with acrylic paint (edition of 70 with hand painted colour varations)
13 x 19 cm

‘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.

Banner Repeater
Platform 1
Hackney Downs Railway Station
Dalston Lane
E8 1LA

Deborah House Open Studios 7 & 8th July

Posted in Uncategorized by Andy Wicks on 7 July, 2012

I will be taking part in the Deborah House Open studio this weekend which will be the first chance for people on mass to check out my new studio since I moved in a couple of months back. Along with my studiomate Alan Magee and neighbours from across the 3 floors we will be open Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July. If you can’t make it over the weekend I’m more than happy to show people round by appointment.

Alan Magee / Andy Wicks

Deborah House
Retreat Place,
E9 6RH

Saturday 7th 12 – 7pm
Sunday 8th 12 – 6pm

New Studio – Deborah House, Space Studios

Posted in News by Andy Wicks on 5 April, 2012

Keen observers may notice I wrote a similar post back in December (Back to the Studio) when I took on a sublet following months of studio wilderness. But this time its different. Rewind back to the final days of the Florence Trust residency where myself and a number of the artists sat down with plans for a shared space and a continuation of the energy that we’d created during that year. We had some false starts along the way, seeing spaces with real potential which for one reason or another fell through (some at the 11th hour).

Having spent a year in each of my 2 studios previous studios, followed by 4 months in the recent sublet I’d had enough of moving around or using the temporary nature as an excuse for not having the correct set up. I guess for me this idea of the perfect studio could mirror someones desire to make a good home; having all your belongings around you and spaces which appeal to varying sides of ones personality, or in terms of a studio, space to work in multiple disciplines. The luxury of space at the Florence Trust (doubling on my previously studio square footage) was one that I wasn’t prepared to give up. I want to invest in my studio, for it to be big enough that my work isn’t compromised and that I can grow into it over time and not feel the need to upgrade when a big project comes along. I recently brought Sanctuary – Britains Artists and their Studios, a huge book interviewing 100+ artists in their studios, i’m interested in how different set ups work for different types of practitioner and have been making mental notes of things that could work well in the new studio.

I’ll be sharing the studio with Alan Magee who I was at the Florence Trust with. A multi disciplinary artist who I recall introduced himself by saying he does everything but paint. And now that this painter is dabbling with sculpture, photography and printmaking its going to be an exciting to watch things develop.

Alan Magee - I think I can Sculpture; Clothes drying racks & ratchet strap, 2011

The new studio is run by Space England’s largest provider of studios with a community of around 700 studio artists. Alan and I will be sharing 550sq foot of studio with plenty of natural light from skylights and window it offers flexibility, storage and space for work to live before being unleashed. It needs a lick of paint on the walls and floor as well as bit of storage built which will keep us busy for the coming weeks as we slowly move bits over.

New Studio

New Studio

On the note of developments its probably a good opportunity to mention one of the first major projects I will be working on in the studio. I’m going to be making a site specific sculpture as part of WW Gallery’s Patio Projects, a temporary public art commission which sees a sculptural work installed at the front of their space on a residential East London street. The piece is going to be 3 metres high and constructed from found wood, ideally driftwood with which I will be using to make a sculptural realization of one of my painted river mooring construction (or should that be a recreation of the original structures?). I’ve wanted to work with wood for some time and am excited to seeing how this will turn out and gauging reaction.

Mock up of Sculpture (looking out across Hackney Downs Park)