There is Another Sky

There is another sky an installation of paper hot air balloons,  is made from discarded exhibition pamphlets.

The title of this installation is taken from the poem by Emily   Dickinson. I liked the idea of there being an alternative and very optimistic  ‘other life’ out there and I’ve taken the title literally.

Showing at The Chapel Gallery Ormskirk 21 September – 9 November 2013

Hope. The Starfly Installation

christ church AG

Earlier this year, I was commissioned by Christ Church in Oxton, Wirral : http://christchurchbirkenhead.net/index.htm   to design and install an artwork in the church. The artwork would become a central piece for the Christ Church arts Festival, which ran 5 – 7 July 2013 and the aim was to work with the community and local schools.

I took photographs around the church and played around with the images until I found something that I thought would appeal to younger children as well as adults. The resulting image, I called a Starfly, as it resembled both star and butterfly, though the initial design was of the arches within the stained glass windows.

Over a period of about two months, I went into the local school and Tots group and worked with the children, making the starflies out of recycle paper.

When all of the Starflies were completed, I strung them across the altar space of the church. As the church still held regular services, the ‘curtain’ needed to be light and have gaps in to be able to view the altar.

A Hundred Miles

              ‘A Hundred Miles’ is a kind of diary for me. Like most people, I pick up a lot of paper in my daily life and most of it is thrown away afterwards.  For this installation, I’ve kept the wrapping paper from Christmas and my Birthday, Work rotas, magazines and flyers – mostly Tate ones, so they are a personal reflection of the exhibitions I see daily.

I’ve used baby shoes as for me, they represent early stages of thought and naivety over waste.     shoes williamson 010a

I’m hoping people will stop and think about how much paper they touch and abandon.
As part of ‘De Junk Re Junk’ Williamson Art Gallery, Wirral until 7 July 2013.

Do You Understand These Rights?

WW Do you understand 1a

The work I have in the ‘Possible Impossibilities exhibition at The Bridewell : http://www.independentsbiennial.org/2013/05/19/possible-impossibilities-new-bridewell-drawing-show-now-open/ was a culmination of several past projects.

I wanted to depict the Bridewell’s physical structure, while also adding an echo of its past use as Police cells. I thought of the words uttered when a person was arrested…. You have the Right to Remain Silent….. Do you understand….. ?  and experimented with pulling images of the Bridewell through the words.  It was a technique  I’d used before in  ‘Declaration’ and wanted to see if it would work for this piece.

I formed the shape of the Bridewell building out of the script and housed it within a found wooden frame structure.

Declaration was exhibited in ‘Speakeasy’, Basement Arts Projects, Leeds. It is the American Declaration of Independence,  printed on recycled paper. On the reverse of the paper is printed wings from my travel project, bearing the words of the song ‘King of the Road’. The wings are pulled through the Declaration as if humming a song and not really concentrating on the meaning of the words.

Dec Image 1rs

St John the Evangelist planes

I originally made the paper planes that I exhibited during the Liverpool Independents Biennial, for DWF: http://dwf.uk.com/ .  This was an event that was going to happen last summer, but for various reasons was held back until March this year.  I was told that ‘my’ venue was to be St John the Evangelist – a redundant church in New Briggate, Leeds :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_John_the_Evangelist%27s_Church,_Leeds  Since the originally showing of the planes in Liverpool, I’d added about a 100 more – all made from the ACE application form.  ( ACE supported my trip to Stockholm last year) The other planes were made from books and maps, as before.

DWF: Various venues in Leeds, until 22 March

St Johns Leeds 4a                         St Johns Leeds 006a

Unicycle

Keeping the theme of travel in my work, I returned to using a broader range of recycled materials. It wasn’t practical to show a large installation as part of the group show ‘Inhospitable’ at The Bridewell, Liverpool, especially as the exhibition was touring to Leeds. The work had to travel well and be easy enough for  someone else to install it there.  I used antlers, given to me during the exhibition at Tromso and a donated bicycle wheel, adding  ‘tyres’ made from metro newspapers picked up on my daily commute to work.

Although originally I’d made a pole from a branch to connect the ‘handle bars’ with the wheel, I found that it looked better without. The unicycle became more of a vehicle that was impossible to ride.

http://www.independentsbiennial.org/2012/08/03/inhospitable-scibase-at-the-bridewell/

http://eaststreetarts.org.uk/highlights/inhospitable-scibase-2-oct/

 

Journeys End

JOURNEYS END 5

I’m quite a bit behind with updating this site as I only just realised that my last post was about an exhibition I had last September. More has happened since then, so I’ll try to ‘catch up’ in the next week or so.

Soooo……. The next exhibition I did for the Liverpool Independents Biennial, was ‘Journeys end’ ( November 2012) .  I decided to put three of my installations together (ships, planes and houses ) to see how they would work and interact.  As there were now over 1500 paper items, it took many hours to install. I tried to theme the objects by colour, while creating patterns and swirls within the design.

At the same time, I was in a group exhibition at Tate Liverpool, so I wanted to connect the two exhibitions, but keeping the design more simple and controlled.

Journeys at tate 003

Thus far the miles

An installation of 600 paper planes, made from the pages of a book – LIVERPOOL Gateway   of Empire, by Tony Lane, and maps of the Wirral, Liverpool, Leeds and   Stockholm.

At first glance, this is probably an usual book to choose for an installation of planes, after all it is a book about the everyday life experiences of ship owners and seafarers, not air travel.  I felt though that it was about working together on a project that is heavily dependent on funding and collaboration.

I had recently returned from exhibiting in SUPERMARKET: the Stockholm art fair ( with the group SciBase) http://www.supermarketartfair.com/  a year long project, funded by Arts Council England, which saw a collaboration between UK and International artists, initially exhibiting in Liverpool, Leeds and Stockholm.

The project inevitably involved a lot of travelling and communication and when I picked up the book – which was gathering dust on my bookshelf, I began to see connections.

The planes filled the unit, in Liverpool’s Albert Dock, As part of Liverpool Independents Biennial.

Thus far the miles taken from Shakespeare’s Sonnet How heavy do I journey on my way

The Spaces Between

Exhibition as part of Liverpool’s Light Night.

Paper Houses

I started making these paper houses last year in response to an exhibition about housing. I had many problems with the design though and found that they travelled badly ( got crumpled easily)  So I put them away in a box and left them.

It was only when I started putting together The Cruel Sea Installation and I had to think about making the ships more sturdy and ‘people proof’, that I was able to go back to the houses and  redesign them.

The 400 + paper houses in this artwork represent a possible regeneration of the derelict terraces in Ducie Street and surrounding area in Toxteth, Liverpool.

The demolition of these buildings is highly contentious, with many residents taking the view that the houses are ‘fundamentally sound’  and that ‘renovation would be preferable and cheaper.’

With arts funding cuts greatly effecting public artworks , a question of how we can  sustain the level of art visibility – which has grown immensely due to the popularity of the Liverpool Biennials, with the regeneration of the area.

Each house in this installation is covered with a reproduction of an artwork.

The houses will be shown as part of  Liverpool Light Night : http://www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk/2012/the-spaces-between/