summer is definitely finished and the studio is up and running. time to get productive and show some art, it's been a while. the kinetica museum organised a fund raiser to promote emerging artists and to support the kinetica art fair, uk,s biggest platform for kinetic art. It was held in two locations in shoreditch over a 2 week period and included performances,2d and 3d work. the private view was at 'downstairs at mothers', a super trendy advertising agency in redchurch street. we had many visitors, press and loads of fun. a very cool location. even the wall paper in the bath rooms was screen-printed. cool or what? the second venue was 'village underground', a building with two train cars on top. an amazing space with a raw feel and huge ceilings. i knew this place before from the moniker art fair and felt quite flattered to show my stuff there. the performances were great, the kinetica museum raised money, and there even was a 3 course meal!all in all a fantastic event. http://thecreatorsproject.com/en-uk/blog/kinetic-sound-performances-featuring-giant-robots-and-levitating-holographic-sculptures
it has been a long summer full of travelling and fun. after graduating in may i felt that i needed a break.many things happened since then. i moved into a new studio, which is amazing and just around the corner. it took a while to shop around and get all the equipment together but im almost there. the first project that i tackled in my new workshop was the restoration of a kayak.its a wooden 2-seater that i found rotten on the side of the canal. loads of work had to be done,including sanding,rebuilding the frame work, replacing panels,laminating and painting. it took about 2 months in total to restore it. a nice little summer project. thanks to stu and ellis for their help:)
its been 6 months since i first exhibited my 'kinetic prototypes' at 'nifty',a co-show with mate stu. back then there was so little time and so much to do. we managed to put up a show but the lack of time meant compromising quality in the works. on the private view of nifty, my water wheel sculpture didn't turn because i burnt the motor. the toaster pyramid didn't work either because the fuses kept popping. lets say, there was generally room for improvement.
since then i overhauled all of my works. i made the assembly easier, bought new, better parts and built crates. i learned from the last 5 shows i had that it is best to be prepared and to do stuff properly. remember, hindsight is not a superpower!
below is a documentation of the progress of my latest work from prototype to finished work. it took nearly 4 months from idea to executed piece. it was mainly research and ordering parts, the rest craft and assembly.
so far i don't have a title for the work but i can tell you what inspired me to do it. a lady bird. if you have ever been lucky enough to have one on your hand, you will realise how it tries to walk in one direction, trying to get off your hand. funny enough it is very easy to fool the lady bird and make it walk forever. you simply put one hand in front of another, creating a rotating path. once you stop, the bug reaches the edge of your hand and usually flies away. i found it fascinating how this creature kept moving forward, hoping it would arrive somewhere, clueless about his wasted efforts. i felt the symbolism in this paradox was very strong and i tried to think of a way to communicate this in a simplified, mechanical way.
the sculpture consists of a ping pong ball and a drum with guttering trails that is mounted on a table and attached to a motor. the drum spins at 6 rpm in an anti clockwise motion, creating a consistent spin. the ball, which is a victim to gravity rolls down the trails, attempting to reach the bottom but the ever revolving drum of trails keeps spinning and the ball is stuck in a rolling limbo.
the new curiosity shop by daniel poole the kinetica is now in the past but i made contacts with loads of cool artists, curators and galleries that i now stay in touch with. one of the most interesting stalls at the kinetica was presented by daniel poole. it was full of quirky 80's toys and neon signs. i very much like his style.
he got in touch with me a week after the show and invited me to be part of his newest installation called 'the new curiosity shop'.it is hosted by the london-newcastle-project-space in red church street, an amazing gallery!!!
it took nearly a week to install all the artwork and 'curate' the pieces in the best possible way, which was difficult as all the works are so intense and over the top, that it resembles a cluttered up charity shop from outer space. there is an army of toy robots, rubber dinosaurs, a bumper car, tiny chairs and super retro acrylic canvasses featuring tank girl and astro boy. what a show..by calling the whole installation the curiosity shop, daniel got away with this unconventional lay out.
works featured in the show where paintings by jennifer louise martin,a neon extravaganza by Chris Bracey, Ye olde sign writer Jac, New York found objects artist Merrill, assemblage artist Laurence Poole, mixed media artist Sue Golden, sculptor Finn Stone, Darren Cleary, Dianne Harris, Robert Moore, Nathaniel Caird, Tracy Jean Shields, as well as a cornucopia of curiosities.
the private view was a great success and the shop is open until the 17th of march. if you haven't seen it yet and are in london, come down and check out the kitsch!