TeeBag Designs

The t-shirts I’ve designed for TeeBag Designs are now available to buy! If you like them you can pick one up HERE.

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SHEFFIELD SHOWCASE

After a meeting with Sheffield City Council I’ve been given the go-ahead for a new piece of work.

It’s part of their Sheffield Showcase scheme.

It is technically an exhibition, but it will have to be viewed through an unused shop’s window. So some might call it a display. Anyway, the idea of the scheme is to generate footfall around a more run down area of the city centre. It also lets students training for an award in Visual Merchandising get some much needed hands on experience of dressing windows and working with artists/designers/etc. The scheme is currently under scrutiny from the Council and talks are underway about whether to cut it’s funding (cheers Conservatives!).

The area in question is SEVENSTONE << Check out that site for info about what is planned. Though it's unlikely to go ahead anymore.

With this in mind I'll be putting my work up around the middle of March this year. Keep checking back for updates, and as ever, get in touch if you've got some feedback.

Sevenstone Site in Sheffield (proposed development)

THOMAS DEMAND

In an effort to garner some inspiration for a series of prints (that will also be transferred onto t-shirts) I’ve been mooching through one of my favourite books; Collage: Assembling Contemporary Art.

Collage: Assembling Contemporary Art

It’s a great book for anyone interested in Contemporary Art and Collage, so check it out if you can.

It’s got plenty of artists and examples of their work, but I’d totally forgotten about an artist who was a massive inspiration for my practice when I was at uni. THOMAS DEMAND creates highly technical and elaborate architectural locations and interior structures – using just paper and card. Often creating the illusion of reality, (since his work is made, photographed and then destroyed) meaning the viewer can only see each piece as a photograph.

There is a juxtaposition of mundanity and the uncanny which creates an unsettled reading of the image. The 3D model/structure becomes flat, a plane, an image of a place that was built intentionally to be seen in 2D. It is this denial that makes the viewer aware of a ‘set’; the photograph offers the viewer an answer to what they see as an ‘uncertain reality’, allowing them into the image and a chance to pull apart the illusion.

Simulator by Thomas Demand

3b ARCHIVE SHOW: The Ebb Whispers

Last year I took part in two final shows at Unit 3b art space.

One was BOUND and the other was an Archive Show; a collection of works by artists who have been involved with 3b throughout it’s time.

I actually only made one piece of work, but it’s nature was such that it had to stay in situ for the Archive Show, after Bound had finished.

I’ve included a plan view of the exhibition to show how many people were involved and give an idea of the space. My work was a short piece of text that I carved into the wall.

You Were Here!

You should all have a look at this little blog by Tina Richardson, based in Leeds, UK.

YOU WERE HERE!

“This is an ongoing project that takes place on the University of Leeds campus and was started in November 2010. I am taking photos of found objects… that could have conceivably been dropped accidentally.

These items may well be classified as rubbish at the point they hit the ground, but the objects that intrigue me are those that could have possibly been lost, and at that moment in time, could have been attributed some value by the owner.”

The project focuses on the idea of accidental loss of an object; objects which are then indexed, temporally and spatially. Kind of like a map of loss. There are some similarities between this project and one of the first projects I posted on this blog, titled MISSING

I was interested in the body as a found object, and I see similarities in the projects because we’ve both concentrated on the place of discovery then mapped, in one way or another, those places.