In thinking about what is an object of desire, (assuming it is tangible for now), I began looking at artists who challenged what art is. The obvious is Duchamp, who in turn was one of the artists who inspired Eva Hesse. Hesse called her work absurd, non art. She stated her work and life were inexplicably entwined, her life had been absurb and so she applied that to her art, (very brief overview).
Building on the initial idea of what is an object of desire, and what is art, I began to look back to my childhood. I recall reading Louise Bourgeois saying her childhood had never lost it's magic. This is something I can relate too, I had a wonderful imagination as a child and often escaped into my own mind with fantastic stories of beautiful places. So I too began to work on a kind of non art, going back to a time when imagination was the best thing ever. I decided to make small sculptures that do not take on the shape of existing things, they are my nonsensical minuments. By attempting to allow the materials to just be, in the form of drips or expansion of foam, they can take on a life of their own. In this way I am trying to entice the viewer to relate to each piece on a personal level, to stimulate their imagination to decide what they want of it.
Who is to say what is an object of desire? To one it may be a gucci bag, to another it may be food. Some collect ornate thimbles and display them with pride, yet this began life as a functional object. Is an object only of value if it has been given value on a large social level? Yet for most of us, (ones with children), a child can give you any item they have made from scraps and it instantly becomes an object of great value to the parent. I find the condition of materials in certain situations highly desirable, so therefore does it stand to reason I have given it value? Answers on a post card
The exhibition was held in the 600 year old historic Wool House, which has had many uses in its lifetime including that of a prison in the 15th century. It is an exhibition of installation, sculpture, painting and photography that explores the themes of loss and recovery in relation to a sense of time and place.
Imaginarium, Stages Concept CD Music and Art.
Stages displays the Voyage of an anonymous individual travelling as they struggle to deal with four strongly contrasting emotions: Shock, Composure, Panic and Realisation. Both the music and the art will demonstrate emotional extremes, from dark and twisted depths to the height of euphoria in a complex fight for emotional control.
Alec Heald - Composer, Creator, Song Writer, Drummer and electronics programmer.
Sam Whitbread - Co- Founder, Composer, Creator, Song Writer, Bassist.
Tina Lane, Charlotte Clark, Matthew Blyde, Kelly Donovan, Emma Evans, Christopher Green, Ellie Pattison, Thomas Sellers, Kat Reilly, Emily Taylor, Alice Wall, Jimmy Williams, Emily Wilson.