Grayson Perry – The Vanity of Small Differences – Victoria Miro Gallery – London – 8th August 2012

Grayson Perry recently made a Channel 4 documentary series titles In the Best Possible Taste. This series explored the British class obsession and was divided into three parts, the working class, the middle class and the upper class. For each class Perry went to stay with people and explored the fashion and design decisions that seemed … Continue reading

Lewis Biggs – The City as a Patron – I am the architect, this is unacceptable, this is not happening – Artists’ Strategies for Working in Public: Learning from Practice – Symposium – House of an Art Lover – GI Festival – Wednesday 25th April 2012

INTRODUCTION – Art is not solipsism, it is a social activity. Art only becomes art when there is a dialogue in place therefore it must be social. – The relationship between the patron and the artist is a social exchange as both parties have needs and/or resources. Patrons and artists need a dialogue as councils … Continue reading

The Making Of Us – Graham Fagen, Graham Eatough & Michael McDonough – Tramway 1 – GI Festival – 2012

Graham Fagen’s new work in association with the National Theatre of Scotland explores the relationship between an audience and a live event. The piece consists of a film set where performances take place with actors and a film crew and the audience become enforced ‘extras’. When the performance is not taking place there are various … Continue reading

Sleep Furiously directed by Gideon Koppel – 2008 – Site – Place – Context

Sleep Furiously is a 2008 documentary on a small Welsh town Trefeurig, a farming town in the where Koppel grew up. The film looks at how the town is dealing with the changes of the modern world, the school faces closure and most shops and bus routes have been cancelled. This is a piece of work that … Continue reading

Beyond Caring – Paul Graham – 1984/5 – Site – Place -Context – 2012

Paul Graham is a photographer who is well known for being one of the first to use colour photos in social documentary photographs. These images are taken from his series Beyond Caring (1984-85) where Graham travelled photographed waiting rooms around the UK, particularly those waiting for unemployment benefit. The purpose of these photos was to … Continue reading

The Turra Coo – Charles Engebretsen – 2010 – Site – Place – Context – 2012

Charles Engebretsen was commissioned by Turriff Tourism Action Group to work with the community to create a work to commemorate the famous beast of Turriff the Turra Coo in Aberdeenshire. He created a bronze cast of a cow and then treated the metal to create a white overcoat. The work is based on the original coo … Continue reading

Signs that Say What You Want Them To Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say – Gillian Wearing – 1992/1993 – Site – Place – Context – 2012

Gillian Wearing OBE is a well known conceptual British artist, a lot of her work uses the British public exploring issues in society and how people represent themselves. In her piece Signs that Say What You Want Them To Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say she asked members of … Continue reading

Homeless Vehicle Project – Krzysztof Wodiczko – Site – Place – Context – 1987-1989

Wodiczko is an artist most well known for his large scale projections onto public monuments, he is quite political and often projects images that radically change the meaning of the building creating what he calls a ‘counter-monument’. However Wodiczko has also created works of art that he calls social actions. Speaking of his project the Homeless … Continue reading

Garnet Hill Laundrette – Site – Place – Context – Tuesday 10th January 2012

As part of my research into our new brief I took some photos of the local laundrette. The brief asks us to explore the local community and look at how the community interacts with the area and what people make up the community. I really like the idea of a laundrette as everyone is equal, … Continue reading

paraSITE – Michael Rakowitz – Site – Place – Context – Monday 16th January 2012

paraSITE is a project by Michael Rakowitz looks at using art in a practical sense, so as a solution to the housing crisis in cities worldwide. This is an example of environmental art that uses community and social issues Parasitism is described as a relationship in which a parasite temporarily or permanently exploits the energy … Continue reading