Time for EMERGENCY6!

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It’s come around quick – but we are now inviting submission for EMERGENCY6!

Find out more at www.aspex.org.uk/emergency6

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And the winner of the People’s Choice Award is….

…Dan Coopey!

It was quite a close-run race towards the end, but after several months of furious voting, both in the gallery & on the exhibition blog, Dan’s mirrored pieces have scooped the prize of £500. Congratulations Dan!

Dan’s work for EMERGENCY5 uses mirrors which have been modified, their surfaces altered to reveal what it takes to change a piece of glass into a reflective object, how an everyday material is elevated by the addition of layers of metallic paint. In this way Untitled (Tiffany) allows the viewer to encounter ‘a manipulation of their image and immediate space.’

In Dan’s words ‘The dual reflective-transparent surfaces of the angled panes creates a distortion and sense of displacement; a disorientation of a material manufactured specifically to mimic and frame our sense of place.’

For further information about Dan’s work & his upcoming exhibitions visit his website at dancoopey.weebly.com

Our thanks to everyone who has voted since the exhibition opened, to all of those who left comments about the artists, and of course to the artists themselves. Huge thanks also to Markus Lloyd, whose contributions broadened the scope of this blog, and allowed those who didn’t manage to visit aspex during the exhibition to get a real sense of EMERGENCY5, from start to finish, and all in between.

For information about aspex’s upcoming exhibitions please visit the gallery website, and follow aspex on Twitter or Facebook

Vote vote vote!

There’s just a few days left to vote for your favourite EMERGENCY5 artist – whoever receives the most votes will win £500! You can vote as often as you like, but the poll will close on Monday 9 January at noon. The winner will be announced the following day on this blog, and also on aspex’s website, Facebook and Twitter feeds.

The exhibition will close on Sunday 8 January – don’t miss your chance to see work by 12 emerging artists at aspex. The gallery is open daily from 11am – 4pm.

Introducing…Scott Mason

Scott’s video submission to EMERGENCY5 ‘contemplates the failure of the image and of language.’

On screen a piece of text is continually altered, so that some words and phrases take on greater visual emphasis.

Scott aims ‘to develop work as a resistance to the ubiquity of collective memory in contemporary society through development of non-linear, multi-narrative languages.’


 

Introducing…Kit Craig

Kit’s submission to EMERGENCY5, The Bracketed Space, is made up of 3 components; two sculptural pieces, made of cast jesmonite with mdf, perspex, steel and wood, and a framed image.

In his own words, Kit’s work ‘deals with the problems of how an idea or thought process can translate into an externalised form and the imperfect process of communication that enables it.’

‘Although recent work has become very much more sculptural, I see these structures essentially as extensions of the picture frame, viewing devices that attempt to articulate the process in which they were conceived, made and viewed. They describe this illogical logic; their forms derived from the need to hold the various components in their correct position.’

‘There is a sense of a self-conscious object looping around itself, shuffling the order of the roles of conception (artist), production (art object) and consumption (viewer).’

 

 

 

‘Where are you Bill?’ Introducing Christine Sullivan & Rob Flint

Amongst us aspex staff, this is now our favourite thing to say. Entitled Bill Burroughs Memorial Choir, Rob and Christine’s film uses ‘organic techniques of auditory disembodiment in search of the Burroughs voice.’

Rob and Christine have been working in collaboration for the past five years, exhibiting in Dublin, London, Paris and Nottingham. In this piece they focus on the spoken voice of the cult author William Burroughs, ‘which remains central to his posthumous persona, deliberately disembodied by audiotape ‘cut-ups’, loops, and overlays.’

The film has been made with the assistance of voice coach Christella Antoni, ‘whose daily medical practice is vocal gender-reallignment’ along with a number of volunteers who attempt to immitate Burroughs’ iconic voice, ‘in a mixture of seance, ventriloquism and Greek Chorus’.

Introducing…Dan Coopey

Dotted around Gallery 1, Dan Coopey’s submission, Untitled (Tiffany) adds a slightly different element to EMERGENCY5.

Dan’s work uses mirrors which have been modified, their surfaces altered to reveal what it takes to change a piece of glass into a reflective object, how an everyday material is elevated by the addition of layers of metallic paint. In this way Untitled (Tiffany) allows the viewer to encounter ‘a manipulation of their image and immediate space.’

In Dan’s words ‘The dual reflective-transparent surfaces of the angled panes creates a distortion and sense of displacement; a disorientation of a material manufactured specifically to mimic and frame our sense of place.’

ARC Emergency5 Symposium: ‘Winners and Losers’

Earlier today ARC hosted the Emergency5 Symposium – which is held on the exhibition’s preview day to allow applicants, artists and arts professionals an opportunity to meet the selectors and debate the nature of competition in the Arts, and see the show. This year, we were short on selectors, all but Jo, our director, was on hand – the panel was supplemented by including Lettie Clarke (attended the selection panel) and Rachel Thorlby  (artist), and the event led by Jonathan Parsons (ARC lead practitioner). This was the gist of the discussion:

What have you got to lose when entering an open submission and what does it mean to win? This event will provide an insight into what really happens during the selection process, with guest selectors, previous competition winners and reports from assistants behind the scenes. 

The symposium was recorded, this is an unedited version – the finished version will be available soon on the aspex website.