Friday 23rd August, 2019
Remnant #2 and Remnant #4 (Display Formation)
The curators of this show Jenni Bea, Jack Florish and Abbie Hart gave 41 artists the chance to respond to the theme of ‘FUBAR’ – F*CKED UP BEYOND ALL RECOGNITION.
Remnant #2, 2019, Natural pine constructed frame, Low density polyethylene plastic, Sharp sand, Dirt, Varnish, Clear gloss, Acrylic paint
when I first discovered that I had been chosen to exhibit in this show I was over the moon, obviously with any exhibition my works get selected for I am very pleased, but this show was one I really wanted to be involved in. The meaning of ‘FUBAR’ was the reason why – F*CKED UP BEYOND ALL RECOGNITION. When I broke this meaning down I came to the conclusion that it meant something or someone has created or is creating a level of damage, which as a result causes the original product to no longer have any function, and where it’s original identity has shifted making it now unrecognisable.
Remnant #2 (Close up)
The understanding of ‘FUBAR’ which I had discovered filled me with much joy, not because of the meaning but the fact that any of my works could fit this brief perfectly. However after much debating I decided to include Remnant #2 and Remnant #4.
Origination of works
On Wednesday 12th September, 2018 I started a building job consisting of laying two large foundation bases. I was supporting my Dad on a job in Ewhurst, Surrey. It was a mammoth job which would span over a time period of four weeks. I don’t know how many bags of cement, sharp sand, building sand, ballast we must of gone through and I would not want to put a number to it, but what caught my attention was the amount of excess packaging left on site. I said to my Dad, “What do you plan on doing with the packaging”, his reply was “I guess we will have to skip it”. This instantly struck a chord with me I thought this can not happen, firstly I was thinking where on earth will it all go Landfill? And secondly I was thinking how can I infuse this into my art practice, how can I keep the packaging and how can I give it a purpose and a value which it once had. Surely it is not all about the contents inside, sure the cement is important but what about the packaging it went through a meticulous process in order to arrive as we know it. I was interested in refiguring the products look, how could I make this product exciting and appealing again but this time through a new context. How could it now become an interesting and thought provoking work of art?
In terms of working as a builder there could be a direct link to the meaning of ‘FUBAR’. The first link could be the act of damage caused by the builder to the products he might be working with. For example The plastic casing of a cement bag is ripped open without any consideration, as the builders mind is just interested about accessing the contents inside. All of these types of bags – (Cement, Builders sand, Sharp sand, Plaster, etc), are kicked, pushed and pulled around the working area before finally resting in a spot where the builder starts his work. It is during this stage on site where all of these objects (Bags of building contents) start to lose any recognizable appearance. All characteristics, recognisable features and original making processes of the object would have soon all disappeared – (If it were not for me in this scenario). By refusing to add the material packaging to the skip I am not only saving the world from more unwanted waste, I am making the absolute most out of the object as I want to provide it with a whole new purpose. A new transformative status starts to take shape where the meaning of value and appreciation takes on a new look but this time through the contexts of art.
Remnant #4, 2019, Natural pine constructed frame, Low density polyethylene plastic, White parish building sand, Dirt, Varnish, Clear gloss, Acrylic paint
The composing of building & art & the importance of reduced waste!
These two works explore the importance of the environment, how reusing by means of recycling not only supports the evolution of our world, but also enables us as creatives to investigate into products and objects which are deemed to have been exhausted of all function and value. Every year, human settlements produce 1.3 Billion tonnes worth of solid waste products.
A term which connects to these works / all of my works is known as “Garbology” in the words of compilers Dirk. E. Hebel and Martha. H. Wisniewska & Felix, locking this term into the subject of Architecture and Construction – It is all about trying to find new and exciting materials out of stuff which could be found on a landfill site. How subjects of the old can be rejuvenated and brought back as something new or something else.
Remnant #4 (Close up)
The Crypt Gallery
The Crypt Gallery of St Pancras church was designed for coffin burials from 1822. Since 2002 the crypt at St Pancras church became a gallery space, providing artists with the opportunity to share their work to the world in a unique gallery setting. My work fitted perfectly in the confinements of the crypt, the exposed brick walls shared a link to the building materials which are consumed within the building packaging. Also I liked this idea of my works arriving as something new, being brought back to life (From a process I devised which incorporates both building materials & Art supplies) – Paying homage to the (Building site), and then the Crypt which has been converted in it’s own way, instead of it being this once burial site it is now a place which celebrates new informative creations.
More about this interesting gallery can be found at: http://www.cryptgallery.org
The exhibition was also organised and expertly curated by Jenni Bea, Jack Florish and Abbie hart
(FUBAR Exhibition – Private view opening night at The Crypt Gallery, London – 22nd August, 2019)