I saw Dialogical Abrasion by Yves Netzhammer at the Liverpool Biennial last year. It was probably one of my favourite pieces from the whole festival. I know it was last year and I probably should have blogged about it earlier but there you go.
The piece was a site-specific sculptural installation. It felt almost labyrinth like, unnerving and unsettling. Familiar objects suddenly became unfamiliar and strange. The immersive atmosphere completely overwhelming my senses…
If you ever have a chance to experience his work, you should!
A short while ago (ages ago in fact) I took exhibited work at PRISM, in Sheffield.
I like to think of Prism as a nomadic event, it has no base, no home. Travelling around Sheffield it gives participants a good chance to play with their surroundings and make use of unusual/alternative exhibition spaces. Yet at the same time it does have structure. Even though the place/space it is held in may differ, something about the event/night seems strangely familiar. There is always a fleeting sense surrounding Prism; each event only lasts for one night. A collectiveness and at the same time disparateness, a strength and a fragility.
With this in mind I presented a projected image. The image was from my previous piece BRACE.
We’re hatching a plan for city wide domination! Not really, but we are pulling together a great proposal for an exhibition that will *hopefully* be in Manchester. If not, probably Sheffield. We’re very excited!
But what the hell has this got to do with BLDGBLOG? Well, everyone is inspired by something. So, thanks BLDGBLOG – you’re an inspiration!
I’m a member of an independent studio/gallery space in Sheffield called Unit 3B (or on FACEBOOK).
The artspace is funded by members and fundraising events. We hold exhibitions from local, national and international artists and curators. We hold regular crit groups/film screenings/discussion sessions/gallery crawls. Anyone within an arts community will already know how important sessions such as these are for the surrounding communities.
Unit 3B has been expanding rapidly since it first started, and continues to grow. As it does, it requires more funding to enrich the culture and community that blossoms from it. The point of this post isn’t to brag about how great Unit 3B is, it’s to highlight the importance of funding in the arts. Small, independent galleries and studios come to depend on funding – not as a money making scheme, but to support, enhance and create platforms for local creative talent.
We have always known the importance of arts and culture in this country. Let’s not lose it now.
The excellent Blog Gallery in Sheffield has commissioned me for their Billboards Project. A couple of artists each year have free reign over what is shown on the boards. I’m excited to be a part of this quirky and exciting project and send out my thanks to Bloc for the opportunity and appreciation of my work.
Bloc Billboard is situated on Eyre Lane outside the gallery and is used by artists as an experimental public exhibition space. The exhibition will be up until November, so if you get chance, pop down and have a look.
I will be part of an exhibition in Slovakia called Mish Mash. The show will be split into two parts, the first will be in the Hrad Castle in Bratislava (I will doing one of my balloon installations), and the second part will be at the gallery, where I’ll be showing 3 new collages. Exciting! If you can make it, come along.