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Private View Invitation – Perfume as Practice at Centrespace, Bristol

I would like to invite you all to the Private View of my upcoming Perfume as Practice exhibition at Centrespace, Bristol on Friday 4th October, 6-8pm.  
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Perfume as Practice is an exhibition that looks at the artistic potential of perfumery and how it can be used to create portraiture. The exhibition will comprise 18 perfumes, each a portrait of another artist. These perfume portraits are achieved through a process that begins by asking artists the question ‘why do you make art?’ Then, through a method of intuition and investigation, I create a perfume relative to the answer received – capturing the essence of an artist.
The exhibition will be supported by visual livery pertaining to the theme of ‘Voyage’, has been designed by the artists I have made perfume portraits for; resulting in a collaborative effort that builds a network of artists. The exhibition promises to subvert your expectations of scent, perfume and portraiture in general!
 
The artists involved are:
 
Sue Burley
JanCarlo Caling
Marisa Culatto
Stig Evans
Jenna Fox
Andrea Freeman
Liz Griffiths
Catherine Higham
Jeff Hunter
Lady M
Grant Lambie
Heather Fiona Martin
Andrea Freeman
Helen Sills
Agatha Smith
Clare Smith
Robert Verrill
Myfanwy Williams
 
During the Private View Michael will be on hand to chat to, as will some of the artists involved. Michael will provide an artist talk providing some thoughts and insights into Perfume as Practice. Refreshments will also be provided. The event is free and everyone is welcome.
 
Perfume as Practice is supported by Arts Council England.

Pondering Platforms Project

Earlier this month I exhibited at Platforms Project, Athens as part of a group exhibition that looked at the contemplation of our solar system. I, alongside artists Sharon Mossbeck and Alison Whitmore, took 3 planets and interpreted them through our own modes of enquiry with reference to Ancient Greece.

Sharon’s work comprised painting and cross-stitch, Alison’s comprised sculptural and works and I presented 3 perfumes, each representing the Greek gods of Zeus, Kronos and Ouranos.

Platforms Project – which is an art fair – was well attended. It reached 16,000 people and our exhibition was well received. I even managed to sell a thing or two, which is great. There are, however, a few caveats with regard to my own work that should be addressed if I am to learn anything and develop from the experience. You see, after much consideration of how to translate three Greek Gods into a scented experience, I decided ultimately to play it straight – simply designing 3 perfumes that acted as portraits of each God. I assumed that this would result in a clear connection between object and concept and would transcend language barriers.

Ironically, by playing it so straight I exposed just how obtuse the notion of a perfume portrait actually is. While the audience did seem to rather like the scents and visual embellishment on display at a base level, the link between the perfumes and the Greek Gods wasn’t as clear as I thought it would be. It required further explanation, which wasn’t always easy to do due to a combination of a complex concept and the language barrier. (although this is partly my fault – I really ought to learn Greek if I’m going there every year.)

Interestingly, a volunteer who also helped out with Platforms Project last year said that she remembered the scented experience I designed last year and that, while she liked what I did this year, she loved what I did last year, which was essentially a narrative based on the notion of The Grand Tour, which incorporated scent:

So perhaps scented sculptural work designed to tell a story, rather than a straight perfume portrait, would actually be more successful in engaging a wider audience? Or maybe the Greek Gods and the complexities of their narratives would benefit from a different approach to a straight perfume portrait? Perhaps a more careful consideration of why I’m choosing specific scented designs is required, based on the concepts I’m trying to reveal.

Either way, it was once again a pleasure to exhibit at Platforms Project and naturally it was another great chance to visit a beautiful city. But maybe next time I’ll leave the perfume at home.


Perfume Portrait #75 – Aimee Ellen

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Head – Sweet Orange

Heart – Juniper Berry

Body – Frankincense

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Description – The fragrance opens with inviting citrus notes before revealing oils synonymous with harmony and peace – agent to purity.

This perfume is one of fifteen housed at Bureau, Blackburn from 12th – 26th April as part of my solo exhibition, Perfume as Practice.


Perfume Portrait #74 – Jackie Berridge

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Head –  Lemon

Heart – Geranium

Body – Rosewood, Ylang Ylang

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Description – A childhood sense of wonder heads this fragrance and is referenced by the playfulness of lemon. From there the fragrance reveals blooming flowers and majestic trees; a testament to how childhood informs creativity and how embracing and nurturing innate passions allow them to bloom and grow.

This perfume is one of fifteen housed at Bureau, Blackburn from 12th – 26th April as part of my solo exhibition, Perfume as Practice.


Perfume Portrait #70 – Dave Akehurst

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Head – Basil, peppermint

Heart – Cypress, ginger

Body – Cedarwood

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Description – A fresh, earthy composition that chooses fragrances for the balancing and cleansing of the throat, and as such metaphorically symbolising communication and sharing.  Ginger also emits a fiery kick that expresses a certain individuality. Cedarwood for the immune system.

This perfume is one of fifteen housed at Bureau, Blackburn from 12th – 26th April as part of my solo exhibition, Perfume as Practice.


Perfume as Practice at Bureau, Blackburn

Perfume as Practice SS18 – my 5th solo show about perfume and it’s capacity for portraiture, is now open at Bureau Centre for the Arts, Blackburn.

The exhibition houses 15 perfume portraits, which will each be documented on this website in the coming weeks. It also houses visual material and other scented experiences that enhance and contextualise the perfumes on display. In the spirit of devising themed collections, Perfume as Practice draws upon saints in order to categorise, establish and assess the reasons why artists make art.

If you want to find out more, why not pop along! It will be open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-4pm from now until 26th April.


Perfume Portrait #48 – Red

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Head – Grapefruit, tea Tree

Heart – Coriander Seed

Body – Frankincense

Description – This fragrance harnesses medicinal tendencies while asserting a compulsion to create. Give this fragrance time and you will discover its hidden depth.

This fragrance was housed at Surface gallery, Nottingham, from 3rd – 18th November.


Perfume Portrait #47 – Chris Oliver

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Head – Grapefruit, Tangerine

Heart – Lavender

Body – Clove Bud, Myrrh

Description – Drawing cues from travel, this fragrance provides you with all the apparatus you need for the road ahead.

This perfume was exhibited at Surface Gallery, Nottingham, from 3rd – 18th November 2017


Perfume Portrait #46 – Stacey Warner

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Head – Elemi, Tangerine

Heart – Lavender

Body – Vetivert

Description – A picture of stillness, this fragrance is a quietly compassionate tonic that promotes inner peace and lifts the spirits

The fragrance was housed at Surface Gallery, Nottingham, from 3rd – 18th November 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Perfume Portrait #44 – Rachel Zan

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Head – Lemon, Mandarin

Heart – Ho Leaf

Body – Rosewood, Benzoin

Description – Symbolic of a fruit tree, this fragrance is wholly joyous and describes the rich pickings life offers.

This perfume was displayed at Surface Gallery, Nottingham, from 3rd – 18th November 2017.