I’ve finally found time to record the installation of 1SSUE INTERNATIONAL at Oriel Y Bont, University of South Wales. With the superb skill of gallery director Chris Nurse and our shared ideas on how to present a mix of the latest 1SSUE (41), archive books and pages, the exhibition is looking pretty interesting. This show represents around 60 of the 91 artists who have contributed since 1SSUE began in 2002. 1SSUE 41 has submissions from some of the fantastic artists I met in Japan last year.
1SSUE 41 deconstructed.
40 Books: The entire 1SSUE collection.
1SSUE 41: Matthew Fasone and Hilary Wagstaff collections
I had the good fortune to be asked to curate and manage the exhibition of this project aimed at sharing heritage and reducing stigma around mental health. The exhibition was put together from material generated and gathered by ABMU Heritage Team and it is on show at Swansea Museum until June 25th.
The Heritage Team actively sought ways to engage patients, past staff and the public in celebrating and reflecting on the legacy of the hospital. The exhibition offers a chance to ‘myth bust’ the public image of mental health care. The team, led by Martin Thomas worked in partnership with a huge range of institutions, groups and individuals. It captures stories and celebrates the lives of patients and staff who were connected to the hospital whilst also providing an insight into the evolution of mental healthcare provision.
Andreas Ruethi. Paper plates & Poisened Porcelain.
Great show at the Glynn Vivian Gallery until March 31st. Andreas’ paintings amplify the qualities and scale of some of the gallery’s china collection; they are a riot of colour, quite joyous and celebratory.
CASW, who have purchased more than 900 artworks since they were founded in 1938 have a collection on show in the adjoining gallery.
The exhibiton is on until May 12 and also well worth a visit.
I’ve been working on ink and latex drawings for my next pages in 1SSUE 41, continuing with the theme: Pocket Remains. Exploring the notion of personal micro worlds in the dark void of my pockets, I think the drawings of objects have in some cases, come to resemble islands and asteroids; terrestrial and extraterrestrial matter.
As the Glynn Vivian Gallery closed, another show opened; the work of Ingrid Murphy at the Mission Gallery, Swansea. Great exhibition, witty, and engaging, innovative but also beautiful. The interface between ceramics, sound and digital technologies.
Architecture, anamorphic distortion and the domestic were combined through reflections, functional ceramics and period furniture.
New perspectives on the world were to be found through the humble teapot; given the rare opportunity of looking out from its inside.
The ‘ping’ on the edge of a tea cup led to a mechanical, frenzied whirring of balls on threads, chiming in the trumpet forms set around it.
A dinner table scattered with ceramic fragments, led to the sounds of far flung places around the world; by touching these golden, highly conductive objects, the hustle and bustle of India was suddenly all around us.
There are other surprises – well worth a visit.
The Glyn Vivian Open exhibition ended on the 6th February. Here are a few photos taken on the last day – much quieter than on the opening night. Interesting variety.
Recent exploration of latex to create puddles using my pocket objects. It’s a start…..