Pebbles and avalanches

Shepley, Alec and Bartram, Angela and Plowman, John and Bracey, Andrew and Holt, Roy and Burge, Catherine and Charnley, Clare and Watts, Lisa and Chiara, Miriam and Garcia, Lucas Delfino and Cifre-Cedre, Joana and Edwards, Paul and Cuthbertson, Tom and Hammad, Medina and Plowman, John and Healey, Michael and James, Keith and Cross, Robert and Fong Ling, Yuen and Holland, Rachel and Paz, Fabiola (2010) Pebbles and avalanches. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

This joint exhibition of ten artists from the University of Lincoln was curated by Clare Charnley and used artworks to draw attention to the complex dynamics of the two-way process of influence between teachers and students of art. This show included stills from one of my video pieces - ‘Domain of formlessness’, which was inspired by Steve Dutton whom I met whilst doing my Masters. The video relates (quite literally) to the notion of ‘avalanches’ in the title of this exhibition and the film stems from a conversation that started between Steve and myself (and continues to this day) about the catastrophes that result from trying to deal with landslides of material from abandoned artistic activities which often end up strewn chaotically across the studio. Dutton and Peacock made a film called ‘Plague-Orgy-Time’ in 1997 and I first saw it in their exhibition ‘Apocatropes’ at the Mappin Gallery in the same year. I was taken by their approach to a ‘series of accretions of things in a space punctuated by scattered evidence of artistic activity’ (Glover, I. 1997). My film deals with a similar issue but in this case the studio is reduced to a model and artistic activities are miniaturised in a series of ‘Gulliver-esque’ tableaux or enactments – each one punctuated by the close of a stage curtain. In a way my film consciously tends towards 'the reproduced', the constructed stage, film or theatre set in its depictions of a series of avalanches and visually references old slapstick humour films in a sequence of ‘vignettes’.

The strange beauty of this apparently absurd process experienced in the studio is foregrounded in this 'homage'.

References
Izi Glover 1997 ‘Musée Imaginaire’ Frieze Issue 34

Item Type:Show/Exhibition
Keywords:ruin, absurd, catastrophe, aesthetic, beauty
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
W Creative Arts and Design > W190 Fine Art not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:4316
Deposited By: Alec Shepley
Deposited On:29 Mar 2011 16:22
Last Modified:11 Aug 2014 17:07

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