Friday, 19 June 2015

Body as Canvas at New Art Exchange

Have just finished installing Body as Canvas at New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK. This is a photographic exhibition comprising 12 prints from the Body as Canvas project. It opens on June 20, 2015 and runs until October 2015.

Four images on the exhibition below:

Image above is of Bethan Davies (New Art Exchange and myself having just completed the installation.

Body as Canvas
An exploration of identity.

Developed through a process where people with a learning disability created several unstructured, improvised performance events using movement, sound and light. Each performance was based loosely upon the underlying themes of an exhibition at New Art Exchange and captured using a digital camera – framing just a fraction of a second of the event. The camera became the audience for the performance and its presence influenced how people reacted and wanted to be presented within its frame. Body as Canvas presents the individual images as statements – a behaviour, a culture and a source of creativity where difference shines - a cultural world yet to be acknowledged. The photography uses soft focus and shallow depth of field to give emphasis to the individual within each frame.

Body as Canvas is a project developed as a part of my role as Artist in Residence at the LEVEL Centre – a contemporary arts centre developing, creating and promoting an artistic culture with and for extraordinary people.

Some of the images used in the exhibition.


1 comment:

  1. Imagine a City...

    Imagine a city where every home had on it's front lawn a piece of sculpture or an art installation.

    Imagine a city where each and every business invited artists to exhibit their work to the company's patrons.

    Imagine a city where instead of gifting clothing, electronics, chocolate, or cash, a work of art was given, and appreciated.

    Imagine a city where each and every home housed and preserved an art collection. Where insecurities over self-interests were dispensed with, and collections reflected those varied tastes.

    Imagine a city where glass, pottery, painting, photography. fibers, basketry, and even graffiti were embraced. Where the artists themselves were looked upon as a treasured resource. No matter their perspective.

    Imagine a city where any construction project involved multiple artists, in its' execution.

    Imagine a city which preserved its' creative heritage and embraced it.

    Imagine a city which understood, that capturing a slice of life had merit. But to alter a communities perspective to embrace all thought and belief, strengthened it, not weakened it.

    Imagine a city which led the World in cultural munificence which would then reap the reward of becoming a global mecca.

    Imagine a city which could step outside of what others were doing could walk the path of its' own making.

    Imagine a city where meetings to enact such change, needn't take place. Rather a spontaneous change came from its' citizenry itself.

    Imagine a city which artists flocked to; enabling them to create without fear of censorship or derision.

    Imagine a city not dependent upon their museums or art schools for their lead in any discussions of artistic merit, but rather the career artists themselves.

    I have imagined this city since childhood, as have most of my colleagues. Instead we've swum through muck, hoping such change would miraculously happen without distracting us from our labors. Or moved to the closest metropolis which appeared poised to take the plunge.

    Cleveland, like most cities, while not a blank canvas; is one, where the image it sports has faded beyond restoration. The time to paint over it has come. Shiny new unaesthetic buildings, are simply masking the rot.

    Marc Breed, Fine Artist

    "In the distant future, when America is a mere shadow of itself, who historically, shall be remembered? In sports, an argument can be made for Ruth, Chamberlain, Gretzky, Ali, et al. In Art, there is but one name, Breed."

    -Smithsonian Magazine