FUSE is an exhibition devised and curated by myself currently running at Access Space until 31st March. Yesterday I hosted the opening evening.
The aim of FUSE – which is a series of exhibitions currently in it’s 3rd incarnation – is to initiate collaborations and relationships with other sets of artists which in turn develops a positive and supportive network of art, artists and creative outputs. In the spirit of forging such relationships, the theme of the exhibition is simply the word ‘fuse’ which each artist may interpret however they wish. This has lead to some diverse, intriguing and very high quality responses, with themes such as alchemy, travel, emotion, landscape, cartography, psychology, human behavior, portraiture and fragrance all cited as sources of inspiration.
Each work is strong enough to be contemplated individually, while simultaneously being harnessed by the theme, allowing for a coherent and high-quality exhibition that has so far impressed audiences.
If you missed the opening, you can catch FUSE at Access Space, Wednesday – Friday 11-6 up until 31st March.
In May I’ll be involved in no less than 4 exhibitions and events. A busy time indeed, but one I am very much looking forward to getting stuck into!
May also marks the return of one strand of my creative endeavours – Speculative Studio Spaces – which sees me construct a fabricated studio space based on the exhibition piece of another artist. When a highly personal space such as an artists studio is opened to investigation and interpretation, what does that say about the artist, the outward perception of the artist and how we regard creative processes?
I will be staging a Speculative Studio Space as part of a group exhibition in Huddersfield Media Centre. The studio I will be fabricating is that of the artist Jim Geddes (1932-2009) who I’m told was a rather prolific artist in his time. The process of creating this space is a slight departure from previous Speculative Studio Spaces, as this time I haven’t personally chosen the artist. It will be interesting to see how relinquishing control of part of the process effects the overall space.