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Preparing for Orchard Square

Nestled between three established perfume retailers, October will see me take up an artists’ residence in Orchard Square, Sheffield. Nominally a retail unit, my residency will hope to subvert preconceptions of fragrance, which is steeped in consumerism and profit. It will instead highlight the capacity perfume has for portraiture, and will offer an alternative function for fragrance, placing it as a potent means of communication.

Watch this space.

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Scents of Our Time #2 – Fields of Wheat

All the fun and frolics of the outdoors without the indignity of displeasing any farmers, Fields of Wheat lets you unleash your naughty side with the earthy, heartening aroma of cut grass, pine needle and carrot seed. Perfect for when entertaining a politically-charged dinner party.

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Scents of Our Time is an ongoing series of work that explores the capacity scent has for social, moral and political commentary in relation to everyday life.

Scents of Our Time #1 – One Minute Silence

The ‘One Minute Silence’ has found unsettling prominence among our everyday lives in the wake of recent atrocities, particularly here in Britain. It is a period of silent and respectful contemplation usually in the wake of a tragic event.

As an expression of the sentiment of the one minute silence, and as a means to reveal the capacity scent has for humility and quiet observation, I bring to you the One Minute Silence candle. A fragrance that bears witness to tragedy with respect and harnesses the notions of  humanity and compassion. It’s both a tool and companion for moments of meaningful silence.

Nominally relaxing, but with a view to ease the mind into respectful and meditative thought. This blend of frankincense, lavender and sandalwood affords a grounded mental capacity which allows you to engage in reflection and contemplation.

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Scents of Our Time is an ongoing series of work that explores the capacity scent has for social, moral and political commentary in relation to everyday life.

Here and Now

I have been invited to submit small scale works for Here and Now – an exhibition at ASC Studios, London- later this month. The exhibition has given me further opportunity to acquaint myself with cartography and, particularly, the capacity cartography has for symbolism and hidden language:

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I present to the exhibition two postcards, each depicting and exaggerating our collective relationships with travel, experiences and sense of place. These postcards harness the notion of a phantom map (i.e a map that depicts a fictitious geographical space) and as such, use the language of drawing to highlight the enrichment gained from travel.

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Here and Now will be showing at ASC Studios, London, from 18th – 25th July. The Opening Evening is on the 18th July from 6-8pm. All welcome!

 

 

 

Open Call to Artists – Alternative Portraits

The deadline for this open call has now closed. 

An Open Call to submit work for an exhibition of Alternative Portraits.

Artists Michael Borkowsky and Sharon Mossbeck present Alternative Portraits, an open call exhibition of non-traditional portraiture to be run at Access Space, Sheffield, from 8th September – 4th October 2017.

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We are looking for artists to submit work to us under the theme of Alternative Portraits. We are particularly interested in the use of new technologies, such as 3D printing and laser cutting, but this is not a requirement. We are looking for work which pushes the boundaries of traditional portraiture, or explores what portraiture can be. Please interpret the theme of the Alternative Portraits as you see fit.

The exhibition will be at Access Space, Sheffield from 8th September – 4th October. The exhibition opening hours will be Wednesday – Friday 11am – 6pm, and there will be a private view on 8th September from 5.30– 8pm. Everyone welcome.

The deadline for submissions will be Friday 4th August. Applicants will then be notified on Friday 11th August as to whether their application has been successful.

Guidelines for Submitting work

Please follow these guidelines for submitting work. We will only consider applications which follow these guidelines:

  • Artists may only submit one piece of work. (if a work is made up of separate components – e.g a painting made up of 3 canvasses – then we will still deem it to be one piece of work)
  • The piece of work submitted must measure no more than 1 meter across any given width
  • Regretfully, Audio/Visual or performance works cannot be accommodated
  • Please only submit work which is already complete
  • If your work is framed, please ensure that it is string-backed
  • If work has any unusual requirements (e.g. it is particularly heavy or needs hanging in a particular way) please tell of how you would like this to be done
  • We cannot accept applications received after the deadline (4th August)

How to Submit Work

To submit work, please email up to 3 images of the work you want to show to alternativeportraits2017@gmail.com along with the following:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your home town/ city
  • Title of work
  • Materials used
  • Dimensions of the piece
  • Price (if you wish to offer the work for sale)
  • A statement of no more than 100 words (this may be included in the exhibition alongside your work)
  • Date when the work was completed

Hand in Dates

Please note that the venue for handing your work to us is different to the exhibition venue.

If your submission is successful, you will have between 11th August and 2nd September to get your work to us. You may do this by doing one of the following:

  • Posting your work to Exchange Place Studios, Exchange St, Sheffield S2 5SZ
  • Delivering your work in person to reception at Exchange Place Studios, which is open weekdays from 11am – 4pm.
  • We will be present in Exchange Place Studios from 11-4pm on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September if you’d rather hand your work to the organisers in person

When you deliver your work to us, please ensure that it is as specified in the original submission, complete and presented as you wish it to be exhibited and, if framed, ready to hang. We cannot be held responsible for work that gets lost or damaged in the post.

Collection Dates

Please note that the venue for collecting your work from us is different to the exhibition venue.

After the exhibition you can collect your work in person from Exchange Place Studios on either the 6th or 7th October, between 11am and 4pm.

You may also make arrangements for us to post your work back to you. If you wish to do this, we will require the correct postage and packaging costs to be paid to us in advance, and you must allow the expected delivery to be between 7th October – 7th November 2017. You may wish to consider handing us a stamped addressed envelope when initially handing work to us to ensure a quicker return delivery.

Sales

Your work may be up for sale. Access Space don’t take any commission but as a charity ask that, should you wish to donate some of your proceeds from sales to them you may do so, but you’re under no obligation.

 

Thank you and good luck! ~ Michael and Sharon

Road to Athens #7 – New Dionysus

Concluding that inward desires now hark for a return journey, I travel west back to England equipped with all but 1 member of the fragrance family.

Informed by my experiences in Greece and the acquiring of scented knowledge, I compile one last fragrance from of Dionysus. It is redesigned for English audiences with respect, not spite. As such, a votive offering of wine is created, referencing at once Dionysus’ religious and cultural prowess and his capacity for madness.

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New Dionysus constitutes 1 artefact of 6 that I will display in a group exhibition at Platforms Project 2017 in Athens from 20th – 25th May 2017 alongside other members of Soup Collective International (SCI)

Road to Athens #6 – The Thrice Tenth Kingdom

Heading north-east and void of all frivolities it becomes apparent that outer desires removed from travel begin to ensue, and I find myself at a crossroads where such longing needs to be extinguished or embraced. 

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The Thrice Tenth Kingdom constitutes 1 artefact of 6 that I will display in a group exhibition at Platforms Project 2017 in Athens from 20th – 25th May 2017 alongside other members of Soup Collective International (SCI)

Road to Athens #5 – Narcissus and Echo

Returning to European territory and equipped with the reverence of my experiences the raw and joyous freedom of travel begins to return. Aloof, I venture unknown through complex floral landscapes and, like a frightened deer caught in a net, lose my sense of direction.

My panicked dispositions eventually wane as I rest by a stream. I conclude that arrogance attempted to best the noble virtues of the job in hand. As I gazed at my own reflection I reconvened with my own sense of humility, less I become cursed by vanity.

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Narcissus and Echo constitutes 1 artefact of 6 that I will display in a group exhibition at Platforms Project 2017 in Athens from 20th – 25th May 2017 alongside other members of Soup Collective International (SCI)

Road to Athens #4 – The Book of Thoth

Adrift, I forge refuge in what was once known as The Orient and am overcome by desire to consume knowledge. My journey has previously been dictated by chance and, as a means to assume order, enlightenment and fulfilment; I turn to study. As such I build a platform from which to continue; informed and humbled.

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The Book of Thoth constitutes 1 artefact of 6 that I will display in a group exhibition at Platforms Project 2017 in Athens from 20th – 25th May 2017 alongside other members of Soup Collective International (SCI)

Road to Athens #3 – Leviathan

Lost within the expanse of the sea; maddened flesh now carrion and hands clenched to the last of my sanity. Yet a light emerges and, consumed with hope, I travel towards it.

What I find is not light, but fire and smoke pouring from the doors of Leviathan’s mouth. A creature formidable in both strength and grace. Nothing on earth could be it’s equal; without fear, without weakness.

Yet it spoke to me with gentle words and in its glistening wake the sea became a pot of ointment. 

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Leviathan constitutes 1 artefact of 6 that I will display in a group exhibition at Platforms Project 2017 in Athens from 20th – 25th May 2017 alongside other members of Soup Collective International (SCI)

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