Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Newhaven Station Exhibition

A visitor in our introductory area reading Kate Grenyer's response to the space and exhibition POINTS ALONG A LINE.

On the particularly cold weekend... I did offer blankets... COLDEST FRIGGIN' MARCH IN 51 YEARS AND WE HAVE NO ELECTRICITY IN THE BUILDING.

The introductory space included a make-shift bench, made from left-over wood, the architectural plans for The Station's future development - freelance office space with the Calendonian Railway Company's Crest - Nemo me impune lacessit. A military motto which unfortunately brought no defence in the wake of The Beeching Axe.  

There were left over documentary materials of the railway line left in the building from Doors Open Day, I opted to remove these and to create a book from researching the pictures and other pieces of information I discovered about the network. You can hear more about this book and the project in this clip.

I left up a map, removing the outer images documenting the various railway stations that would have existed like Newhaven Station. The sunlight over the years had left exposure marks on the wall from the images left from Doors Open Day.

In the introductory space there were subtle hints that a site for new art works and a new use of space was taking place in this transitory development. This Dickie Webb installation was hidden behind the door, mirroring the focal point to the exhibition at the other end of the building, in which Dickie had to incorporate a ladder.

Richard Taylor included pieces of work in the introductory area such as the above image of The Highlands as well as two texts. The landscape of Povera More was a response to the research documentation and inspired by the locals who visited and reminisced on the Open Install Afternoon. The second text corresponded to his performance - Truffle Hunt (cannon fodder).

The rucksack hanging on the right was part of Truffle Hunt (cannon fodder) in which Richard engineered interaction with the visitors as they consumed and destroyed his sculpture during the Preview. 

Richard Taylor produced a new set of works likening art practice to that of a 'mini-game', a preoccupation set aside from the protagonist's role in the game of life. A side-role many artists occupy themselves with, often being very active but gaining little or getting... 

nowhere / repetitive / instructive / referencing

Claudia de la Peña over the course of two weeks created sculptural works from materials found in the space, capturing them through photography, disassembling her sculptures to then replace them with photographic installations of these past moments.

Above a close-up of one of Claudia's photographic sculptures which can be seen installed on its shelf in the below image.

Dickie Webb created works focusing on such materials as insulation foam, polystyrene and the wood found in the space, he used these to compose simple yet beautiful installations questioning our changing relationship with dis-remembered spaces.

This guy liked Richard's work so much... he couldn't resist intervention.

I have documented these works in no particular order because the layout of the space, the process and the curatorial discussions which took place over the course of the two weeks could be interpreted as one work rather than individual pieces. Please follow the links for further documentation of the artists' practice.

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