My drawing project started off with primary research at Wollaton hall, I drew animals there but I became more interested in the architecture of the ballroom situated at the top of the house. When I got back to the studio I did several drawings depicting void/nightmare like spaces which drew upon my interests in Tatiana Trouvé and Louise Bourgeois. My drawings are of architecture, but my interests lie in all kinds of space – the relationship of light, dimensions & environmental conditions, and how the space changes when in a dream. I took lots of photos of 60’s architecture around Nottingham and did primary sketches. These became my focus; I wanted to see how I could adapt these spaces, in a practical sense and in a fantastical sense.
|Bourgeois - He Disappeared into Complete Silence plate 8 1947|
|Silver Arch 2011|
|Silver Window Pane - 2011|
I never managed to conclude this project. I made maquettes of a possible sculpture, which I deemed a failure. I like to fail every now and again; it helped me clear my palette in preparation for my visit to Rome.
|Stag & Window - 2011|
Rosella Biscotti ‘is interested in the architectural and functional transformations of a number of historically famous sites. In this case a sports hall from the fascist period converted into a courtroom bunker for some of Italy’s most important political trials of the 1970s and 80s.’
Biscotti ‘creates a mise en scene of archaeology of fragments: casts of details of architectural superfetations’ – cells, security towers etc
Another exhibition that related to ideas I was interested in the previous project and want to explore further in the proceeding project was at the British School at Rome. The show was Bio Milano by Stefano Boeri – the on architecture advisory board in charge of developing guidelines for urban transformations.
The show highlights three ideas – a model for local cultivation that Milan will build in Expo 2015. Bosco Verticale - a model of a high-rise residency that also accommodates over 2000 trees and finally a project for Casa Bosco – an example of ‘social housing prefabricated in wood’
Boeri’s proposals are highly functional and are tailored down to generating micro eco systems, he has created ‘ a visions of the metropolis which asks the questions about the role and lives of other animals specials can only exist if seen through new forms of urban ethics which are not anthropocentric’.
The use of the word metropolis excites me; perhaps you could go one further to say arcadia. I think fantasy and functionality are good partners.
At the Macro was an interesting show, I was mostly interested by the Enel Contemporanea exhibitions by Dutch artists collective Bik Van der Pol – Are You really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?
This another show that deals with globalisation and humanities increasing awareness of the impact that it is having on the environment, Bik Van der Pol set out to create a rethought world within the gallery space, the title suggesting that we need to shrug off certain preconceptions which prevent us from entering another dimensions of thought.
|catterpillar to butterfly|
At the Macro Testaccio my favourite work was by Gabrial Kuri - , they were four hand made wool tapestries, Kuri has enlarged receipts for petrol, distorting and mimicking everyday phenomena.
|untitled (magenta strip Gobelins) 2007|
|bbc iplayer - 2011|
|Funeraria Suit - 2011|
|4 bags full - 2011|
I am embracing the inter connectivity and unoriginality of “stuff” because as a kid post-modern data overload kid I just can’t help it.
What my work explores is the anomalous matter that exists between genres (everyday phenomena). For e.g. bags of dirt in a row to stop your parking space being taken, a bonsai tree half wrapped in bin liner between two bins or speakers painted with a marble effect in the Vatican.
|Marble speakers vatican - 2011|
|Scaffolding connectors - 2011|
|Palm tree pile - 2011|
|my installation in the vatican (finders keepers) - 2011|
|bonsai did die - 2011|
Premio Italia, Arte Contemporanea 2010, Maxxi, Roma. 04.12.2010 20.03.2011
Stefano Boeri, biomilano, Roma, 7 – 28 February 2011
Enel Contemporanea. – A beat of wings for the city: the butterfly house of Bik Van der Pol.