Orbits and Occults; it won't be the end of things... is an independent curatorial project for which I was commissioned, as a guest curator, by Gerald Moore Gallery, South East London. The opening of the exhibition coincided with the total solar eclipse of March, 2015.
Orbits and Occults refers to the act carried out by the moon as it circles the earth, crossing occasionally between our planet and the sun to obscure the light we rely on -- refers to the centers of importance and influence around which we revolve our activity -- refers to the mysteries and mythologies we secretly rely on -- refers to time, recurrences and the weight of an act which is calculated and endlessly repeated -- refers to all that comes in and out of view and the ways in which we construct and pass on meaning.
Orbits and Occults brought together eight contemporary artists to explore the depth, power and reach of the ideology, metaphors and poetics of cosmologies within contemporary culture.
Thank you to the artists, Gerald Moore Gallery, and The Canada Council for the Arts.
PHOTOS: George Eksts
(left to right)
Neil Rough, Alexandra Darbyshire, Amalie Atkins.
Alexandra Darbyshire, Ehryn Torrell
Neil Rough, Alexandra Darbyshire.
Ehryn Torrell, Courtney Chetwynd, George Eksts
George Eksts, Charles Ogilvie
Amalie Atkins, Alexandra Darbyshire
Suzanne Caines, Alexandra Darbyshire
DIANA & ELEANOR BURCH. FIONA GRADY. LINNEA HAVILAND. ANDREW JOHN MILNE.
Today more than ever, young people have an outlet for their voice, through public social media platforms, but are they being heard?
YOUTH UNCOVERED brings together a team of young people from three different South London secondary schools and invites them to take a chance and step outside of their comfort zones and commonly prescribed roles to curate a contemporary art exhibition. The YOUTH UNCOVERED team joined forces in 2015, placing an international call for submissions and making their selection from an outstanding number of proposals. Since then, they have been working unfailingly to shape the exhibition, both learning from and leading the professional artists in their research and understanding of what it means to be a young person today. The YOUTH UNCOVERED exhibition is the collective voice of the team.
When the YOUTH UNCOVERED team met for the first time in the gallery of a freezing multi-storey car park in Peckham, the task ahead of us seemed momentous. Although the team are diverse in background and upbringing, our experiences as young people shared similar trends - expectations in education, technology dependence and social pressures (to name a few).
We each had unified messages we wanted to share with a wider audience, but, for most, curating an exhibition was an entirely new experience. How would we keep the show personal, but also communicative our ideas to an audience? What was most important for us to address? By working with experienced artists we were able to work through the process, developing our thoughts and opinions into vocal installations and sparking debates across generations about the changing face of youth. The project gave us a playground to experiment, as well as a platform to discuss the extraordinary aspects of youth culture we disregard as everyday life. The result is a non-typical display of what it really means to be a young person today: our anxieties and fears, our hopes and dreams.
Youth Uncovered was conceived, designed and delivered, exclusively for Gerald Moore Gallery, by Amy Ash. Amy is multi-disciplinary artist whose practice incorporates curatorial projects, teaching and learning, installation, collage, illustration and other forms of making.
This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Thank you.
PHOTOS: David Hughes & Amy Ash
Objects of Misunderstood Value
An object of misunderstood value is something which has been kept/collected/found. It has no clear value and perhaps no clear purpose; and yet, it is something one cannot bring oneself to throw away. Sometimes these are personal--photographs of past lovers, used concert tickets, clothing which has become too small. Other times these are curiosities collected from the street, flea markets or even online; perhaps the object is evidence of something more meaningful or perhaps it was purely superficial. In any case, like artefacts under museum glass, these misunderstood everyday objects find power through their amalgamation and their presentation.
This flash exhibition is the result of a workshop designed for The National Sketchbook Circle; it was a collaborative exhibition which lasted only one day.