Next Wednesday marks the opening of MAKE/CREATE exhibition at the Crypt Gallery in London. A collaborative venture organised by Griffin Gallery and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust which pairs contemporary artists with skilled craftsmen. The spirit of the exhibition lies in the desire to demonstrate the contemporary nature of craft, and the craft involved in art – changing the perceptions of both.
Artists were selected by a judging panel that included Julia Robinson of QEST, Director of Griffin Gallery Becca Pelly-Fry, and Visual Arts and Craft Lead for Arts Council England Richard Edwards.
I have been working with QEST scholar Melissa White. Melissa specialises reproducing Elizabethan wall paintings and painted cloths. She has produced work for numerous museums and heritage sites including Shakespeare’s birthplace and The Summerhouse in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
Together we have created a site specific work that references imitation, illusion and fakery, and challenges us to consider our relationship with value and authenticity.
6-10 May 2015
Private View: 6pm-8.30pm | May 6
The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BA
I will be in the gallery myself on Wednesday afternoon between 1-3pm as well as at the private view from 6-8.30pm so do drop me an email if you can make it during those hours as it would be lovely to see you.
Next month I will be creating a theatrical installation in a new artist run gallery space in Portsmouth called STAND CLEAR.
STAND CLEAR is a non-profit pop up artist led space dedicated to creative investigation. It functions with a specific focus on the immediate demographic; providing the community with a stimulating environment and a contemporary platform for artists to exhibit.
I will be creating a stage-like installation in the space titled Existential Mirage. A mythological tableau will be presented in which the artifacts play with their own artifice and in doing so reference the caricatured notions we formulate within our individual consciousnesses.
To ease our sense of disorientation in the face of an apparently absurd world, we construct personal depictions in our minds of things we have yet to encounter or understand. Our ordinary preoccupations get projected into extraordinary form, they’re amplified into fantasy and they become our personal myths. These fabricated illusions can represent our ideals, our fears, anything we have yet to encounter in reality or in its true form. Personal myths instruct our values and prescribed meaning to life. What does it then mean for us when our myths encounter reality and are shown to be fallacies?
12th June – 29th June 269 Commercial Road, Portsmouth, PO1 4BP
Thanks to Jewson who have kindly supplied the 5 tonnes of sand needed for this installation!