Kingdom of Boredom
Curated by Christine Stender
Submission deadline has now passed.
Using laundrettes as an environment for the arts offers a new perspective on how to perceive the ordinary. Using a new environment and meeting new audiences doesn’t only change the viewers’ perspectives, but is also aimed to encourage artists to get a new point of view. Inviting artists to seek the extra-sparkle in everyday objects.
Mon 30 May, 5pm - 6.30pm
Fri 3 Jun, 5pm - 6.30pm
Mon 6 Jun, 5pm - 6.30pm
Starting at Spruce Goose Laundrette, the curator will guide you through the exhibitions, share secrets and air the curator's and the artists' dirty laundry... :-)
Join in for the gossip!
I use the studio around me as reference. Artists leave traces of their process as humans leave traces of their existence. I use these traces as inspiration for my investigations.
In art the ‘thing’ shown is often polished, carefully measured and tailored to achieve a certain response, but the ‘thing’ is not the only creation. Even the neatest artist makes mess and mistakes. I seek to combine aesthetic qualities with mistakes and processes.
For a painter these traces will invariably be paint, but artists rarely call thosepaintings. Paintings are the controlled result of an artist applying paint, but not all paintings are made traditionally. This lack of active control and rejection of traditional rules are an indispensable element of my practice.
I have been working with ideas of chance, accident, potentiality and deception. I am interested in what art is, what it does and why we define it so vehemently. Paint, and art itself, are the subject I am using to question my own perceptions and those of viewers.
Highlighting the unseen and unwanted areas of the studio shows that everything is worthy of attention and by defining it as art I am raising its importance. The works represent the process of making, and re-present that process to the viewer.
By taking myself away from the artwork it becomes more of a conversation between viewer and materials, disconnecting the viewer from the emotional influence of the artist.
I am questioning the potentiality of art. Making art ordinary by showing the physicality and potential of the materials themselves. Items that would normally be meaningless suddenly have purpose because of their location as art, rather than just part of the process.
I want my work to make the viewer ask questions, which means I have to ask them first.
I’m an artist graduating this year from BA (Hons) Interactive Arts at the Manchester School of Art, a diverse multi-disciplinary course that focuses on the importance of ideas. I am a printmaker and also work in video and textiles installation. My work focuses on the narratives of marginalised communities and working class culture. The pieces shown here at FAB attempt to explore laundrettes as social spaces and community hubs, as well as considering the relentless, cyclical nature of cleansing and its role in consumerism.