Monday 22nd January, 2018
Installation Photo of my artwork at Artrooms 18
Thurs 18th Jan, 2018
Installation – Set up Process
- I included 12 works in the fair which brought scope to my practice, as I showcased sculptural forms which demonstrated a collaborative process between myself, surface and materials working together and a subconscious active method.
- Microcrystalline Trace, 2011
- Canvas Trace, 2016
- Oil Trace, 2016
- Liner Trace, 2016
- Towel Trace, 2016
- Plastered Trace, 2017
- Woodworm Trace, 2017
- Ungreened Paulin, 2017
- Untrialed Paulin, 2017
- Undirtied Paulin, 2017
- Unslicked Paulin, 2017
- ‘Cemented At Last’, 2017
I wanted to curate and inform a sense of randomness within the space I was given. – I did this by creating a shift between forms which were sculptural, based on methods of the unpredictable, coming up against structures which were uniformed and exact.
My mindset would start in a familiar mode (Understanding the artworks – Why they are here) – To then Playing with aspects of the unfamiliar (Curating my art in the confinements of a hotel room) – With a direction of converting back to a sense of familiarity (The presentation of the room) – I wanted the audience to understand this spontaneous suggestion of presenting. – But conscious that I still wanted to implement a welcoming appearance to the room, where the viewer would be keen to engage and start a relationship with each work.
The Installing of the work was complete over 4 hours.
The room was transformed as I took away existing mirrors and picture frames, Bed sheets and cushions, bedside telephones and hotel documents, and a re-positioning of furniture.
This was a challenge as I had to take away and then start from scratch. I had to imagine and use what I had around me. How something like a chest of draws could be manipulated into a working plinth. – I used bed sheets and white towels as surface protectors, and to act as neutral backdrops, almost like a stage where each form would perform and position itself to the audience.
Fri 19th Jan, 2018
Private View – 5 – 9pm
This was a private event which was invite only. – Included guests were:
- Artroom Organizers
- Art Representatives
- Gallery Representatives / Owners
- Art Buyers
- Art Collectors
This was a fantastic evening as I got to meet all involved. I was able to talk in depth about my art practice and knowledge I take from what I do. It was brilliant to be able to strike a conversation and a connection straight away, as this enhanced a connection between myself and the individual, bringing strength to a potential development after the show.
Over the course of the 4 hours many people were interested in my art work. This delivered much excitement, as to have someone so engrossed in my work made me think I must be doing something right.
Sat 20th Jan, 2018
Art Fair, Day 1 – Open to the Public
- Another busy day meeting and talking to artists, gallery representatives, collectors and members of the public.
After yesterday I found myself growing in much confidence. As I was constantly promoting my art and myself as an artist. Frequent explanations I gave which corresponded to my practice were:
- Where the foundation surfaces originated from.
- The process of wax. – Why I engage so much with the property of wax. – Because It is so tactile – tangible – unpredictable – It allows momentum, as the surface becomes situated in a constant flux.
- How does the wax come about? – What waxes I work with – How do I work with wax in an active process? – (Dunking action) – (Pouring action).
- The inclusion of paint. – It Is used to document – record – amplify – To construct an understanding from a previous event.
Untrialed Paulin, Ungreened Paulin, Unslicked Paulin & Indirtied Paulin, getting familiar with their new surroundings.
Sun 21st Jan, 2018
Art Fair, Day 2 – Open to the Public
- Another fantastic day meeting and introducing myself to other artists, gallery owners / representatives, dealer, collectors and art lovers.
The most frequent questions which were asked regarding my art practice were:
- What are the forms made from?
- What are you / they trying to say?
- Is it a practice explaining both modes of sculpture and painting?
- Do the works last forever?
The highlight of Sunday was an interview and Q&A in room 149. – The interview was filmed for the Artrooms website as well as being a feature on You tube.
“In bed with the Artists” – Interview Michael Barnett – Interviewees – Chris Horner & & Beth Horner
It was an interview which was relaxed and quite informal. This was nice as it distinguished any nerves and apprehensions. – For starters the interview took place on a bed. Myself on the left, Michael in the middle and Beth on the right.
The interview took 30 minutes.
Topics which were spoken about included:
- What is our practice? – What does it mean? – Why is it unique? What is the process / how is the work made?
- What was our back history into becoming an artist?
- Had we ever experienced any humorous events in the world of art?
- What inspires us to create? Artists – Artwork – Any relations outside of art?
Mon 22nd Jan, 2018
Art Fair, Day 3 – Open to the Public (Last Day)
- During the morning I was welcomed nicely with the news that my artwork had been approached by an art gallery in Chelsea, and they were keen to start a conversation with me with the possibility of my art being exhibited.
I communicated a lot during the day mainly with the other artists involved in the fair. It was a great opportunity for us all to see what everybody else was doing creatively.
Themes which were discussed when talking about my practice were:
- The fact that I am onto something
- I am creating an interesting concept of restoring & giving a new purpose to a certain surface or object, which may not of normally of been noticed in its previous life.
- A real time consuming process which activates notions of being precious.
- The work takes on a physical and structural body. – Something which we could connect with as the work takes on a bodily feature.
- An endless possibility of working processes and methods.
The whole experience was amazing as it got me thinking much about my practice and future developments. How I might work with given space in the future – And what materials and surfaces I could experiment with next in this on going adventure!
Undirtied Paulin, 2017 & ‘Cemented At Last’, 2017