Field of activity

Plowman, John (2003) Field of activity. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

Invited to present this large scale installation at Central Space, London Plowman was subsequently invited to re-present and continue working on the installation at the Angel Row Gallery in Nottingham from 28.6.03 to 19.07.03. The installation was installed at Angel Row in the state it was in at the end of its Central space showing. In this installation Plowman explores his research interest in the temporal aspect of making art and the everyday. The installation becomes a metaphor for life itself, the tedium and boredom we experience that highlight the temporal aspect of our existence, the everyday. Consisting of 13 ‘areas of activity’, sheets of tracing paper each approx 3600 x 2400 mm, laid out on the gallery floor. At one end of the gallery was a wooden viewing platform, 2500 x 2400 x 2000 mm accessed by stairs. Each of these areas of activity contained off the shelf stationery material such as pencils, paper, elastic bands, erasers etc. During the course of the exhibition Plowman worked two four hour shifts on alternate days carrying out a series of relentless and repetitive activities each shift. These included sharpening, bundling, stacking, rolling, folding etc. Field of Activity is a work in a constant state of flux. The audience viewed Plowman working by accessing the viewing platform and using binoculars to zoom in on him working. Plowman photographically documented the progress and development of the installation after finishing each activity. At the Angel Row Gallery only, each day one of Plowman’s activities was filmed, this footage was played on a video monitor in the gallery in the days when Plowman was not working. A catalogue, with an essay by Fedja Klikovac, accompanied the exhibition at the Angel Row gallery, Field of Activity…a continuation Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham ISBN 0 905634 63 2.

Item Type:Show/Exhibition
Additional Information:Invited to present this large scale installation at Central Space, London Plowman was subsequently invited to re-present and continue working on the installation at the Angel Row Gallery in Nottingham from 28.6.03 to 19.07.03. The installation was installed at Angel Row in the state it was in at the end of its Central space showing. In this installation Plowman explores his research interest in the temporal aspect of making art and the everyday. The installation becomes a metaphor for life itself, the tedium and boredom we experience that highlight the temporal aspect of our existence, the everyday. Consisting of 13 ‘areas of activity’, sheets of tracing paper each approx 3600 x 2400 mm, laid out on the gallery floor. At one end of the gallery was a wooden viewing platform, 2500 x 2400 x 2000 mm accessed by stairs. Each of these areas of activity contained off the shelf stationery material such as pencils, paper, elastic bands, erasers etc. During the course of the exhibition Plowman worked two four hour shifts on alternate days carrying out a series of relentless and repetitive activities each shift. These included sharpening, bundling, stacking, rolling, folding etc. Field of Activity is a work in a constant state of flux. The audience viewed Plowman working by accessing the viewing platform and using binoculars to zoom in on him working. Plowman photographically documented the progress and development of the installation after finishing each activity. At the Angel Row Gallery only, each day one of Plowman’s activities was filmed, this footage was played on a video monitor in the gallery in the days when Plowman was not working. A catalogue, with an essay by Fedja Klikovac, accompanied the exhibition at the Angel Row gallery, Field of Activity…a continuation Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham ISBN 0 905634 63 2.
Keywords:Art installations, Drawing
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:1106
Deposited By: Jill Partridge
Deposited On:03 Sep 2007
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:16

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