I have seen rather a few exhibitions this summer and not just photography but sculpture, video, performance, writing, sound and painting; I just could not get enough. What I found interesting though with all these shows, is just how controlling photographic narrative can be through certain forms of production and presentation.
I started noticing things on the street that looked like art. The first ‘piece’ was by a bus stop where someone had folded dozens of crisp packets and wedged them into fence. I liked the absurdity of the act. I also thought it looked good. Soon after I noticed that graffiti is sometimes painted out with hard edged geometric shapes. All of this was grist to my mill and I started keeping an eye out for what I called ‘found paintings and sculptures’.
The ethics of asking people to work with you or for you without pay are fraught but often these are the jobs that turn out to be the most rewarding, and with care it is possible to glean some amazing experiences from working in this way.
‘Which should I do? Read, or write?… There’s not much of a record, in the memoirs of writers, about the tension I have just described, the silent competition between reading and writing. I don’t know if many writers feel it. I do know some writers seem to resent reading, to resent literature even – as if it were unfair competition.’
This November OCA are hosting an intensive two day study visit to Artes Mundi 6, international art prize and exhibitions. Held over three venues across Cardiff, AM6 showcases the work of nine shortlisted artists
Charting the art of grass roots rebellion from around the world, The V&A Museum’s Disobedient Objects is the first exhibition to “examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change”. Join Christian on the 21 November at 12pm to view and discuss the work.