Review of my work on display at ‘Tarmac’ Lewisham Art House
Creating a piece for Lewisham started in October with a found bit of rope from the location of Greenwich. This was my starting point in the idea on how to give the object more value to the viewer and also how to make the object long lasting. This is why the rope is casted in bronze. The process of this has been shown in pervious reflections.
The idea of bronze comes from exploring Gavin Turks work, Like Duchamp, Turk constantly sidesteps the labels that are assigned him, while still operating within them. “I am trying to move away from anything that would be a quintessentially Gavin Turk piece,” he says. But this process is recursive, as every new work will be appropriated by the media, by art history, by culture, and a whole set of works explores this recursiveness:Turk’s focus on waste products is a crucial counterpoint to his works that treat disguise and masks. He casts apple cores, cigarette butts, burnt matches and all manner of waste in bronze. The more he interrogates how we are formed by discourse, the more he deals with the artist known as “Gavin Turk”, the more that separation demands some kind of staging. The apple cores, used tyres, loo rolls and junk incarnate this aspect of existence, and they are just as much self-portraits as any of the signature works.
Taking this idea of using waste products and making them more than they were linked to the first reasons I picked up the rope, but after it was casted the idea of using the methods of display Turk used in his exhibition Who What When Where How and Why at the Newport Street Gallery was totally opposite in the way I wanted the rope to been seen and also read. So continue with the idea of using the found a large bit of drift wood which was found by Battersea power station to become part of the work acting as the plinth. But instead of it being a plinth it became a continuation of the work.
Was the piece successful? As a visual the work was very pleasing in the eye but it was not pushing any ideas of making object art more of a performance this was more of a way of documentation. The rope which took so long to make needs a more visual way of displaying with more context not one where is was mainly about the object with little or know context.
The Review of whole exhibition ‘Tarmac’
Tarmac brings together a diverse collection of artists and mediums spanning across disciplines including painting, sculpture, film and photography. This is the third independent exhibition for a collection of emerging artists currently studying Fine Art at UCA Farnham following the success of Chrome at The Lacey Contemporary Gallery and No Ordinary Disruption at The Flying Dutchman. Tarmac touches upon themes such as cinema, the everyday, the existential, process and perception which all ultimately exist under the umbrella of exploring our reality. The work throughout this show plays with the idea of disrupting and altering that which already exists, whether it be a surface, object or idea; opening viewers up to the possibility that the way we view the world could be wrong, overturning established ideals and conclusions.
The show was an success during the open and the week of the exhibition being open over 100 people came to view the show. Furthermore, the theme of the show linked to all of our work making a show which felt like the work was made because of the theme not about our individual studio practices.