There is more to an artwork than its finished state. During the creative process, there are sketches and models made, photographs taken, paint spilled, notes scribbled. Sometimes the wall and floor around the work become companions to the work itself and, once the work is removed, severed umbilical traces remain, showing where lines continued, how thoughts developed, and where lost ideas went to hibernate.
Two years ago, BEASTON projects, a curatorial platform run by the artist, curator and teacher Bella Easton, began a project called Collateral Drawing, with the intention of showing just such “byproducts”, with a view to revealing something of the hidden – and sometimes subconscious – artistic process. The project, launched at Plymouth College of Art, is now in its fourth iteration, having also exhibited in Athens (Beton7, 2014) and Berlin (rosalux, 2015). The current version, showing at the Waterfront Gallery, UCS, includes installations by 16 artists with an East Anglian connection, each revealing something unique about their methods and exploring the relationship between the finished works (also on display) and the collateral elements.
Studio International spoke to Easton and her co-curator John Stark, both of whom are also exhibiting, as well as to a third participating artist, Trisant, about the ideas behind the project, their working methods, and how being involved has impacted on their thinking about their own practices.
Waterfront Gallery, UCS, Ipswich
4 January – 19 February 2016
Interview by ANNA McNAY
Filmed by MARTIN KENNEDY
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American Sublime: Landscape Painting in the United States 1820-1880
In the opening column of the curator Andrew Wilton’s excellent catalogue summary, The Sublime in the Old World and the New he refers most appropriately to President Thomas Jefferson’s famous government scientific expedition, carried out by Captain Lewis and Lieutenant Clark. Two years were allocated to the quest for the true course of the great Missouri River, tracing it up from its confluence with the Mississippi at St Louis to its source in the Rocky Mountains, to cross the continental divide and then to follow the Columbia River to its Pacific exit.
Victor Majzner, Painting the Torah, 2008
Victor Majzner (b.1945) published a limited edition book (750 copies), Painting the Torah (2008), to incorporate Jewish experience in to his art practice.
Craigie Aitchison – Two important exhibitions overlapped recently in England: the first was in Kendal, in the English Lake District, and the second at the Royal Academy in London.
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This book, edited by Christoph Tannert, provides a well-edited selection of contemporary work by younger artists and allows a structured 'road map' about what is actually going on. In fact, the scene is very dynamic and innovative, precisely as contributor Graham Bader indicates.
The Art of Ken Done
Janet McKenzie's book, The Art of Ken Done, is about an Australian artist who, apparently, has never been recognised by some of his country's leading art critics, and who poses problems because of the seeming naivete of his work and the fact that he is also a designer.