Friday 23 February 7 - 9.30pm
Hosted by Sylvester Space, 4 Sylvester Street, Sheffield S1 4RN
Fifth in a series of one-off events providing a platform for artists at varying stages in their careers to present new or experimental ideas, or work in progress to a live audience. Hosted by Sylvester Space, a large warehouse/event space next door to the gallery and studios at Bloc, BLOCassembly#5 will bring together sculpture, photography, drawing, video projections and live performance, all within the theme of Light.
Link to image archive (flickr.com)
A Sign 2006
Filmed from a static viewpoint at a location at the edge of a city/town where the rural landscape takes over from the urban, the film focuses on apparent fly tipping at the side of a rural road, Within the rubble in the foreground is a discarded Christmas tree. After a locating shot the upper part of the tree ignites into flame and eventually burns itself out while the camera remains static and dispassionate. Nobody reacts and life continues as normal. The film is a short look at a point in time that ruptures the expectation of the viewer, a point where eve rything should shift, where something should change and one thing become another.
Untitled - (a tee light alight for the duration of the exhibition) 2007
A defined conceptual framework with underlying themes of temporality and minimal elements forms the basis of my work. I construct as semblages using a wide range of unassuming, ephemeral materials which are both functional and familiar in everyday life. My working pro cess is guided by given spatial and material conditions, therefore each piece exists only for the length of each given show.
This will be the first public showing of Hannah
Batchelor’s work in two years. Shade is a resin coated corset that functions as a lampshade.
The essence of this piece is the creation of images marked with the tension between the subject represented and the uniqueness and humanized fragility of the medium. The pos sible narratives are fragmented giving room for the viewer to imagine and project itself into the work. The illusion and the tension in the shadows drawn and the empty bulbs creates a contradiction between absence and presence, between the promise of perfection enclosed in these miniature scenarios that can never be fulfilled, and the isolation and imperfection of the real world that they evoke.
Boy with Sofa
“Often whilst sitting on my king sized bed I contemplate certain things taking place, certain actions, events or scenarios. The next step is to evaluate their validity within the canon of contemporary art. This internal process gener ally takes a couple of seconds. Finally I will occasionally leap, but most often gradually remove my self from the bed and quickly perform the desired action… I would equate the process of gaining these creative insights to the metaphor of a lightbulb appearing above my head (more often than not switched off).”
‘Am gonna see you now./Am gonna leave you now./You’ve gotta keep a hold on me./Saturday. 9.25’
Digital video installation
“Through drawing, installation and sound work, I attempt to explore aspects of unease and anxiety located in the human condition to ques tion perceptions of visceral reality and sensory experiences. Simultaneously isolated and complete in themselves or contributing to an overall disjointed narrative reading, the video installation shots focuses on the subject of the shifting and flash ing lights in a nightclub without providing the supporting promise of excitement.”
“The mark-making here stereotypes and takes the piss out of not only my own semi abstract drawings, but a formalist history of abstract art, negating any direct contextual reference. The work exists for its own sake. However the na ivety of the materials; the flat colour of the card, the free-hand circles, the googly eyes, and the unframed presentation question the importance of ignoring contemporary critical enquiry and address both frivolity and apathy as it manifests itself in art and in life.”
P P PRIESTLEY
Earth, Air, Fire and Water
P P Priestley will be performing at 9.15pm.
“It’s nothing like his other stuff, be round or be square.”
The untitled work in the show is a work in prog ress. I am experimenting with constructing mir ror sculptures and painted inflatable light sculp tures which conjure up fairytale-like imagery. I am interested in the immersive experience; disorientation, meditative motion and dreamlike images are the subject of my investigations. My current research has been focused on performance with masks, dream phenomena, hypnosis and repetition in nature, preoccupied by the notion of ‘beauty.’ This is ongoing work through which I am examining the relationship between physicality, imagination, fear, threat, enlightenment and transcendence. Process and production are currently my concerns. I am attempting to question the function of the image, its possibilities to transform and trigger real experiences.
New Box Series
Photographs, light boxes
I combine photographic imagery, mark making and digital process in my work. The photo graphic imagery explores the way that photog raphy tries to express three dimensional spaces while the mark making looks at how the image surface is seen when representing space. This body of work looks at our changing rela tionship with artists’ work and how finished work can manifest itself from a digital form. The work was produced through following a series of activities while pursuing a subject.
The work looks at how three dimensional space is recorded by a camera and how devices are used to look at images in a virtual world; how the colour, space and situation where the work is viewed changes the work, how the work can be presented in different forms and how these change the context of the work itself.
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