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The first in a series of exhibitions, Tracing Wastelands focuses on the materiality of waste and how human agency plays a vital role in this transition. Teasing out strands of the same chord, the exhibiting artists have investigated scientific, social and cultural perspectives, evolving a range of methodologies to what the concept of waste means, and our responsibility towards it.
Tracing Wastelands is an exhibition of work, evolved through a collaboration between MA Art and Science, Central Saint Martins, and the Government Office for Science.
Exhibiting artists are:
Julius Colwyn | Silvia Krupinska | Beckie Leach | Hannah Scott | Stephanie Wong | Jennifer Crouch
Curated by: Ellie Armstrong and Julius Colwyn
The Depot, 38 Upper Clapton Road, London, E5 8BQ
18 November – 20 November
Friday 18th : 6pm-9pm Private View
Saturday 19th : 12-6pm
Sunday 20th : 12-6pm
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To accompany the exhibition a walk will be taking place in Walthamstow Wetlands led by me. The walk will be focusing on exploring reedbeds and their function, acting as living natural filtration devices and much more. An expert from the field will join us on the day. Free, booking required as space is limited: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reedbeds-of-walthamstow-wetlands-walk-tickets-29203217610
In olden days, on the last day of April, young unmarried men would raise Maypoles in front of their girlfriends’ houses. If they did this in the 15th century in Germany, it would be considered a law-binding marrying agreement! Thankfully these days the tradition is only an excuse to meet and dance together to celebrate the arrival of spring and female beauty. Many nations have this tradition of elevating a young tree on a long wooden pole, decorated with many colourful ribbons. Check out some great international examples of Maypoles by country. But did you know artists have been making art inspired by maypoles? This tag shows some examples.
May Installation on 10 trees in Empson street E3, London. 22 May 2013
When the ribbons from my outdoor May Installation (above) were stolen in 2013, I knew I wanted to revisit this topic again. A perfect opportunity has arrived. Mira Varg and I (both studying at UAL – CSM, MA Art and Science and are Slovak) proposed to make a May sculpture for a Student May Ball in the Embassy Of the Slovak Republic in London. We were both delighted when the Embassy liked the idea. We enjoyed our collaboration a lot!
We’d like to thank The Embassy Of the Slovak Republic and The Embassy of The Czech Republic for this year’s Students May Ball, which happened last night. So many amazing people turned up, lots of beer was consumed and much traditional food was eaten! And I think I speak for all that attended when I say, we had a great time! I’ll finish off with these images of folk dancing by Morena Dance Company below. Thanks for reading this post and I hope to see you maybe during one of the future events in the Embassy. Take care. S.
Last Sunday the weather forecast promised to stay sunny, so we took this opportunity to visit another part of the UK – Suffolk, where I’d never been. We drove to a little village called Covehithe, which has a stunning nature and unique surroundings. Over 100 species of birds live in the Benacre Natural Reserve, which is near by. What I find fascinating about this area, is the fact how crumbly the coast is. The clay, sand and the stones in the cliffs there seem ‘puff pastry layered’ and ever changing. Salinity and the sea hitting the cliffs takes away part of England each time the tide is up high and the sea gets rough. As much as 4.5 metres each year fall down in these conditions, I read on Wikipedia. The thought, that one day, this would be gone, transformed and changed forever is puzzling. Even the fresh water pools and broads near by, such as Covehithe and Benacre Broads, would become salty and the local animal habitat would be pushed away, eaten by the sea! Whether this happens due to the raising sea levels, melting of glaciers, or simply because the land and the soil has these ‘feather fragile’ qualities, and was always going to fall down, this is a sad story. I’m on the other hand curious to see what happens in the next 5 years, and I’m planning to revisit the sight.
I created two new artworks, commissioned for a Winter Show (December 1st – December 24th 2013) at Bank Eye Art Centre, all inspired by the Benacre Natural Reserve. The diptych is part I of the story of this coast, and my mapping of it with abalone mother of pearl will continue in 5 years, when I plan (if not earlier) to re-visit it, and document the sad progress of fall. On the images, you can see two broads we walked around, Covehithe and Benacre Broad. The line in each image represents the near by coast-line, which is ever dangerously moving in!
I leave this post open to comments and discussion. Do you know of an area similar to this? Are you thinking about a similar issue? Let me know, lets talk about it, educate ourselves and each other. The nature needs us, but not more than we need her!
Until next time, good bye! Thanks for reading.
I’m pleased to present a video of my PechaKucha presentation from ASC Erlang House, from earlier this year. 20 images, 20 seconds each on my work processes and inspirations. For the flyer please click here.
Dear friends. I’m tempted to show you my new sculpture, which is part of my ongoing exploration of sports balls as sculpting materials. However I’ll hold on to that yet, and share this image of my first ever opened golf ball, which turned out to be pink inside! If you would like to see my organic golf ball sculpture, please read on this invite:
You are warmly invited to our “Open Studio Weekend” and an exhibition “Aggregate” on Friday evening, Nov 4th, and Saturday Nov 5th, 12-5, at ASC Studios Unit 3, Bow E3 3LT. Apart from the general refreshments, I’ll be serving snacks, good atmosphere and lots of news. This will be a unique chance to buy directly from my studio, and all sales will go towards shipping of my art and possibly myself to “London Calling” show in LA, OCCCA over Christmas! I look forward to your visit! Cheers.
Please join our VIP private view at Debut Contemporary at 82 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London, W2 5RT on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 . I’d love to meet and have a chat with you there. Please let me know so I can put you on the guest list. Thanks and see you with a smile.
As promised, I’d like to report back with a bit more detail, about the Hartberg Museum Exhibition- Recycled Art. The main reason, why the Symposium took place, was to make the conceptual art proposals for the coming Recycling Art Festival and to show the people in Hartberg and its surroundings, that recycling materials can be fun. The slogan “Trash-Chance-Idea” and all about the passing of time, were our guide lines. Each of the Artists and Designers approached the topic in a different way. We became a strong, lively group, getting on very well together. We were – Zara Alexandrova, Chris Gossington, Manuela Fritz, Erki Kasemets, Margit Klammer, Christian Kammerhofer, Hertha Wendelin Kovacs, Miss Lata, Iveta Laure, Evelyn Loschy, Wolfgang Luh, Baiba Osite, Pernilla Philip, Kiril Prashkov, Daniela Riedl, Liga Sakse, Dieter Serfas, Luca Zupelli and I, Silvia Krupinska. I need to mention and say thank you to Margit Nohrer and Manuela Fritz, who were the organisers. The journalists from Radio Hartberg made during the private view this short video and here are their photos.
I had a wonderful time in the city of Hartberg, which charmed me so much; I definitely want to go back in a couple years for the Recycling Art Festival. I miss the people and the food already!
Here is the fully recycled hero ‘Animal’ with its fully recycled ‘Food Tray’ and behind it, its ‘Poo Tray’ which is all, yes again, made from all-recycled materials found in local Ecopark. (All rights reserved.)