Sunday, 18 February 2018

Year 5012 - Melanie Ezra - Small World Futures

Melanie Ezra, #unsettledgallery No.1
Small World Futures is a collection of 38 miniature sculptures depicting what life could look like in years to come. Each of these small artworks will be placed in public spaces (#unsettledgallery) around London Bridge. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these worlds here on the website. A writer will also use the world as inspiration to create something new and fresh, their words describing the shape of a new world.

Today we discover the Small World Future of.... Melanie Ezra
Last Age: Year 5012

Open Line: 22,017 joined. Designation: Curiosity, sub emo; perplexed.
'What is/was/would be this [undesignated] physical carbon structure'
     Open Line: Singular Mind. Designation: Teaching, sub emo; excited.
     'House/Home for soft bodies before Separation Event'
Open Line 21,123 joined. Designation: Curiosity, sub emo; clarifying.
'Soft bodies resided in House/Home (archaic)? Shell designation?'
     Open Line: Singular Mind. Designation: Teaching, sub emo; excited.
     'Shell designation probable. Safe environmental condition sought for
soft bodies'
Open Line 76,541 joined. Designation: Curiosity, sub emo; excited.
'Shell designation House/Home provides environmental conditions for soft bodies.
Confirmed Authentic?'
     Open Line: Singular Mind. Designation: Teaching, sub emo; triumphant.
     'Confirmed Authentic:
     Ref 209876-4758 {Research: Anthro/Arch; Ancient prehistory}'
Open Line 185,987 joined. Designation: Curiosity, sub emo; wonder.
'Research Artefact Accepted. House/Home Environmental Shell object for pre Separation Event
soft bodies. In what forms does Artefact exist?'
     Line: Singular Mind. Designation: Teaching, sub emo; cautious.
     'Artefact exists in Prime Material Existence'
Open Line 2,903,305 joined. Designation: Curiosity, sub emo; disbelief.
'Artefact exists? Confirm [imperative]. Explain resource acquisition
[imperative]. Describe Locations.'
     Line: Singular Mind. Designation: Teaching, sub emo; defensive.
     'Artefact exists; confirmed. Resources reclaimed [permit:
     307-RED099-carbon/wood/metal]. Artefact is placed on
     Planet Earth in Prime Material Existence only [permission requested]'
Open Line 87,5678,873,902 joined. Designation: Curiosity, sub emo; terror/fear.
'Permission denied for Research Artefact House/Home Environmental Shell
object for pre Separation Event soft bodies to BE in Prime Material Existence.
Citation: Non Proliferation of Objects. Report to Closed Line. End'

Closed Line 7 IMPERATIVE.
'Close Line:
Remove Singular Mind.
Expunge would be Research Artefact House/Home Environmental Shell object for pre Separation Event soft bodies.
Classification: Heresy.
Clause: Pollution of Prime Material Existence.
Sub Clause; Improper Use of Reclaimed Resources.
End.'

Dean Reddick

Melanie Ezra
You can find Melanie Ezra's Small World Future located behind the railings at the top of Weston Street, London Bridge at #unsettledgallery No.1. If you can find it then you can take it home, or perhaps you will leave it for someone else to discover.


Melanie Ezra is a Wales-based fine artist who works using her own original photographs to create beautiful and intricate collages. She often works in series, providing visual responses to external stimuli such as literature, science, and music. She considers herself a specialist in the deconstruction of time and the extension of the moment. Recent works have evolved her practice to include three dimensional mixed media art forms based on dolls, mannequins, and the human form. The theme is always deconstruction and reconstruction, whether this is through a photograph or through her mixed-media works. Ezra openly describes herself as a ‘renegade arts experimentalist’ and is happy dabbling in anything that pushes her work to the limit and broadens her own potential.
https://melanieezra.com/

Dean Reddick is an artist, an art therapist and a lecturer. He uses a range of media and enjoys experimenting with casting processes using plaster, metal and resin to explore the tensions between organic and geometric forms, positive and negative space and the distortions that occur in producing casts. As an artist and art therapist Reddick has a keen interest in the role of art as a cultural phenomenon and as a container for inter-personal meaning. He enjoys working collaboratively and has been a regular exhibitor at Walthamstow's E17 Art Trail as well as exhibiting with CollectConnect. Recently he published Art Therapy in the Early Years: Therapeutic Interventions with Infants, Toddlers and Their Families (pub. 2016, Routledge) alongside co-editor Julia Meyerowitz-Katz.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Year 2048/9 - Alan Carlyon Smith - #smallworldfutures

Alan Carlyon Smith, #unsettledgallery no.4
Small World Futures is a collection of 38 miniature sculptures depicting what life could look like in years to come. Each of these small artworks will be placed in public spaces (#unsettledgallery) around London Bridge. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these worlds here on the website. A writer will also use the world as inspiration to create something new and fresh, their words describing the shape of a new world.

Today we discover the Small World Future of....Alan Carlyon Smith
The year is 2048/9

Sex
Sex. How dare we?
We look back to freedom
And the short years
Of sweet balance.

Sex. Born in 1963.
We leap back to the mornings
We censored nothing
And consent was not funny.

Sex. Died in 2047.
We once walked into minds
Which caressed bodies
With all the hope we had.

No longer.

Sex. Is it possible to fuck without either love or abuse? For years we clung hopelessly to nuance and to complexity and to the kisses of uncertainty. Now we reminisce endlessly about the clothes we wore and the tingles we felt and the laughing and the larking and the love we exchanged before they occupied us from left and from right, filled us with twittering hate and a million selves defined by pitch-forked opposition. Now we yield to the self-theft of freedom from desire and to the absence of bridges that once took us from man to woman and back again.

Once upon a time there was a difference between acceptance and approval.

No longer.

Kevin Acott

Alan Carlyon Smith
You can find Alan Carlyon Smith's Small World Future behind a wire fence on Snowsfields, London Bridge, next to #unsettledgallery No.4. If you can find it then you can take it home, or perhaps you will leave it for someone else to discover.

Alan Carlyon Smith is an artist and curator currently working from his studio in Wimbledon. He has curated a number of exhibitions at the Shaw Gallery in Croydon, including The Jade Event, Art Jazzed Up and Ballet Russes. The latter involved the London Russian Ballet School performing in the Mitre Theatre. Smith enjoys exhibiting his art in the public domain and regularly contributes work to the Art of Caring at the Rose Theatre (Kingston), St George's Hospital (Tooting) and St Pancras Hospital. In 2015 his work was included in the 70th Anniversary of Korean Liberation International Art Exhibition in Seoul. As a studio artist he works in a range of mediums and has been shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery.
www.wimbledonartstudios.co.uk/alan-carlyon-smith/

Kevin Acott is a London-based model, cult singer and poet. He divides his creative time between writing, photography and collaborative projects. His stories and poems can be found on the websites Sad Paradise, Londonist, Smoke: A London Peculiar and Ink, Sweat And Tears. In 2017 he dedicated six months to travelling and writing. Starting in North Carolina (USA) he eventually ended his adventures in Limoux, France. Along the way Acott spent a month as writer-in-residence in Qaqortoq (Greenland) where he wrote several short stories. He has released several books with publisher Sampson Low and is currently working toward a one-man show at this year's Crouch End Festival in June 2018.
www.kevinacott.com


Friday, 16 February 2018

Year 2068 - Sarah Lerota - Small World Futures

Sara Lerota #unsettledgallery No.1
Small World Futures is a collection of 38 miniature sculptures depicting what life could look like in years to come. Each of these small artworks will be placed in public spaces (#unsettledgallery) around London Bridge. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these worlds here on the website. A writer will also use the world as inspiration to create something new and fresh, their words describing the shape of a new world.

Today we discover the Small World Future of.... Sara Lerota

The Daily Londoner, 16th February 2068
Big Bong was almost entirely covered in scaffolding again today as repair work continues apace on the iconic 300ft clock tower. The world-famous clock face was barely visible as wooden scaffolding rose up above its hands for the second time this century. The renovation project has caused controversy as it means removing Big Bong’s iconic fibreglass Gorilla for up to four years due to health and safety concerns for workers.

A spokeswoman for the House of Commons said: "The commissions expressed their disappointment that the Disney Corporation has removed Boris the Gorilla. We are a national of animal lovers whether they be fibreglass or otherwise”

But the Commons has confirmed that Boris will still ring in the New Year and make an appearance for Remembrance Day, as well as any other important national events.

Tourists disappointed by the removal of London's loveable ape can have their holiday selfies fixed for free the government have announced. Data storage company HomeOfficeInc is offering to digitally alter photos taken of the landmark to restore it to its former glory. The firm said a flood of customers had asked for the service and since it has more than 200,000 pictures of the clock tower and ape on file, the in-house Photoshop team are well-armed to transform snaps marred by the building works.

Alban Low

HomeOfficeInc (2068)
You can find Sara Lerota's Small World Future tucked into the metal grills at the North end of Weston Street, London Bridge #unsettledgallery No.1. If you can find it then you can take it home, or perhaps you will leave it for someone else to discover.

Sara Lerota was born in 1989, in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She represented her country by participating in a world art project "PLUS YOU" which brought together artists from all over the world and which was organized by Brigitte Williams and exhibited at Woburn Studios (Slade-UCL) in London, United Kingdom. Although she favours traditional mediums like acrylics and pencils for her art she is currently experimenting in the use of technology (3D modelling & 3D printing). Lerota recently exhibited some of this new conceptual work at the Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge with Art Language Location colleagues (Feb 2018).


Sara Lerota
Alban Low is involved in many creative projects, these include album artwork, publishing chapbooks, making films, maps, conceptual exhibitions, live performance and good old drawing. He is artist-in-residence at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's University of London. Low spends his evenings in the jazz clubs of London where he captures the exhilaration of live performances in his sketchbook. On Wednesday evenings he sketches the performers on the radio show A World in London at Resonance FM. He is about to open an exhibition of these drawings at the Yehudi Menuhin Concert Hall on the 14th February 2018.
http://albanlow.com/



Thursday, 15 February 2018

Alan Sherwood-Page (1939 - 2018)

Alan Sherwood-Page
Today we said goodbye to a wonderful artist and a friend of CollectConnect. Alan Sherwood-Page exhibited with us when we took our magnets onto the streets for the first time at FAB Fridge in 2010. FAB Fridge was a tremendous success as part of the Fringe Arts Bath festival and ever since we have been exhibiting in public places.


Alan Sherwood-Page was born in Eastbourne in 1939. At the age of 6 Alan was blinded in one eye, although this stopped him playing sport he channelled all his energies into astronomy and at the age of 10 owned his first telescope. In 1957/58 Alan joined the Royal Observatory which had finally moved to Herstmonceux from Greenwich (the transfer began in 1947). At its peak, over 200 people worked at The Observatory and lived in the local community. Alan was one of the personnel who operated the Thompson 26-inch telescope at Herstmonceux. Called ‘night observers' they were on duty every night when the sky was clear and the Moon not too bright.

Aged 20 Alan studied Fine Art and Stained Glass at the Central School of Art in London. Eventually he became a teacher at Kingston College of Art where he taught Drawing and Film-making. He loved collecting rare books and renovating scientific equipment in his spare time. He was a Deputy Church Warden at St Peter's Church, Petersham and enjoyed the pastoral landscape of the Meadows next door, helping look after the cattle that graze there in the summer.

We know Alan as a painter, a man who created beautiful landscapes of East Sussex. He often worked from his imagination which only heightened this sense of beauty and otherworldliness in his work. We miss you Alan.



Year 3015 - Lesley Cartwright - Small World Futures

Lesley Cartwright, #unsettledgallery No.8
Small World Futures is a collection of 38 miniature sculptures depicting what life could look like in years to come. Each of these small artworks will be placed in public spaces (#unsettledgallery) around London Bridge. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these worlds here on the website. A writer will also use the world as inspiration to create something new and fresh, their words describing the shape of a new world.


Lesley Cartwright, #unsettledgallery No.8
Today we discover the Small World Future of....Lesley Cartwright
The year is 3015.....


Stitched

After the Revolution was put down
They unpicked us,
Unravelled our stitches
between taut fingers,
Their scissor tongues
snapping –
One by one
the threads that bound us
Fell to our feet, unwound,
Severed tangle of loose ends,
dangling the prize
Of Freedom.

Click. Clack.
We come back
Fighting,
Stitch by stitch
and row by row,
Rebuild our silvered spires,
stabbing in the static
throb of rain,
Through every hole
we glimpse the starlight,
Knotting our walls,
Higher and higher –
Our hearts needles,
Our resolution sharp.

Rebecca Lowe

Lesley Cartwright
You can find Lesley Cartwright's Small World Future behind the Greenwood Theatre on Snowsfields, London Bridge, #unsettledgallery No.8. If you can find it then you can take it home, or perhaps you will leave it for someone else to discover.


Lesley Cartwright was born in Liverpool but later moved to Essex to run a Hostel for homeless teenagers. She made her name in the commercial graphic field and music photography until she developed MS and now paints portraits from her Billericay studio. Cartwright is a multitalented artist who is not bound by genre nor convention. The work you see here is an extension of a fabulous Pokémon Go project where she knitted small versions of Pokémon characters and left them in public places for collectors to find. Cartwright has been exhibiting with CollectConnect since the Cardboard City exhibition in 2013.

Rebecca Lowe
Rebecca Lowe is a Wales-based writer, editor and performance poet. She has been featured on BBC Radio 4's Poetry Workshop, and her work has appeared in anthologies including Bristol Poetry Can, Red Poets, Blackheath Countercultural Review, and Three Drops from a Cauldron, an anthology of poetry based on folklore and myth. She also plays hammered dulcimer and zither, which she sometimes incorporates into her performances.


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Year 2306 - Dean Reddick - Small World Futures


Dean Reddick, #unsettledgallery No.4
Small World Futures is a collection of 38 miniature sculptures depicting what life could look like in years to come. Each of these small artworks will be placed in public spaces (#unsettledgallery) around London Bridge. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these worlds here on the website. A writer will also use the world as inspiration to create something new and fresh, their words describing the shape of a new world.

Dean Reddick
Today we discover the Small World Future of.... Dean Reddick

Song collector
Year 2306

Unsurprisingly I came across this song on the east coast. There are many versions, some relating to Holbeach, Burnham and Yarmouth. Some people sing "pray" instead of "stand" in the chorus, or even "praying" instead of "waiting" which is clearly illogical. A melancholy melody, mothers sing it to their babes minus the last verse and I even watched a teenaged girl singing it to her spotty beau. Bizarrely the song has also been adopted by children as a skipping game, with the emphasis on shouting "Clang! Clang! Clang!" to imitate the dead bells as they come back to life, and zombie walking.

Chorus: All rang the bells at Romney shore
In vain above the ocean's roar,
And now we stand here, waiting for
The Romney bells to ring once more.

Verse: My dead love lies upon the beach.
There was no better man than he.
Now all my hopes sink out of reach:
I watch his warmth and colour leach
Into the sands of New Romney.

Chorus: All rang the bells etc

Verse: My dead ma comes to me in dreams,
Her image floating in the sea
Immortalised in gifs and memes.
But still no peace for her it seems
Beyond the sands of New Romney

Chorus: All rang the bells etc

Verse: My dead nan's voice comes on the phone
Each week she used to speak to me,
“Love, death is cold, I hate to moan,
But I am chilled unto the bone
Upon the sands of New Romney.”

Chorus: All rang the bells etc

Verse: My dead child took my last belief.
No more a mother, no more me,
But barren as a blasted reef.
Truly lonely, only grief
Upon the sands at New Romney.

Chorus

Natalie Low

Dean Reddick
You can find Dean Reddick's Small World Future on top of the orange dispenser on Snowsfields, London Bridge, UK, #unsettledgallery No.4. If you can find it then you can take it home, or perhaps you will leave it for someone else to discover.

Dean Reddick is an artist, an art therapist and a lecturer. He uses a range of media and enjoys experimenting with casting processes using plaster, metal and resin to explore the tensions between organic and geometric forms, positive and negative space and the distortions that occur in producing casts. As an artist and art therapist Reddick has a keen interest in the role of art as a cultural phenomenon and as a container for inter-personal meaning. He enjoys working collaboratively and has been a regular exhibitor at Walthamstow's E17 Art Trail as well as exhibiting with CollectConnect. Recently he published Art Therapy in the Early Years: Therapeutic Interventions with Infants, Toddlers and Their Families (pub. 2016, Routledge) alongside co-editor Julia Meyerowitz-Katz.

Natalie Low enjoys putting words on paper and believes that everyone has a book of some sort inside them. She lives in Twickenham, UK with her rather charming family. She has published two chapbooks Dementia (2015) and recently School Run (2017).


Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Year 2132 - Wayne Sleeth - #smallworldfutures

Wayne Sleeth, #unsettledgallery No.6
Small World Futures is a collection of 38 miniature sculptures depicting what life could look like in years to come. Each of these small artworks will be placed in public spaces (#unsettledgallery) around London Bridge. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these worlds here on the website. A writer will also use the world as inspiration to create something new and fresh, their words describing the shape of a new world.

Today we discover the Small World Future of.... Wayne Sleeth
Year 2132

'Stand in line children, hold your partners hand, don't push'
The children crane their necks and jostle to get a view of the exhibit.
Safely encased in translucent aluminium sheeting, Exhibit Number 5 seems to hang in mid air, untouchable and pristine.
'Now class, can anyone tell me what we are looking at here?'
Dorotha puts her hand up, 'It's the RealPlant, one of the last RealPlants left alive since the Chromocrisis in 2085.'
There is a murmur of agreement from the fifty or so children in the class.
'Yes, well done Dorotha, this is a RealPlant, unpolluted by any of the genes that destroyed 90% of the planet's vegetation last century.'
'What's it for' asks Pimlico.
'Good question, any ideas class?'
'It's a small vegetable transformer, turning carbon dioxide into oxygen and sugars using sunlight as a fuel'.
'Yes, a very clever and elegant little transformer'
'It's quite pretty as well Ms Dalex, I like the colours'
'Mmm, yes I suppose so TamTam, I never really thought of that before. Does anybody else have anything to say before we move onto see the next exhibit? No? Okay, don't push, hold your partners hand, keep the noise down!'

Dean Reddick


Wayne Sleeth
You can find Wayne's Small World Future located down Gibbon's Rent alleyway at #unsettledgallery No.6. If you can find it then you can take it home, or perhaps you will leave it for someone else to discover.

In his mature work since moving to the Lorraine region of France in 2001, Wayne Sleeth reiterates and re-explores the source and schema of his more formative sensations; the big skies above the flat lands of both the Lincolnshire coast of his father and the polders of maternal Flanders, where he also spent his childhood. The Lorraine region for this confirmed European is not only geographically strategic, but offers an echo of that very play of horizontality and verticality where the artist draws freely on “l’espace” as he knows and feels it, as far as the canvas edge…
http://www.waynesleeth.com/

Dean Reddick is an artist, an art therapist and a lecturer. He uses a range of media and enjoys experimenting with casting processes using plaster, metal and resin to explore the tensions between organic and geometric forms, positive and negative space and the distortions that occur in producing casts. As an artist and art therapist Reddick has a keen interest in the role of art as a cultural phenomenon and as a container for inter-personal meaning. He enjoys working collaboratively and has been a regular exhibitor at Walthamstow's E17 Art Trail as well as exhibiting with CollectConnect. Recently he published Art Therapy in the Early Years: Therapeutic Interventions with Infants, Toddlers and Their Families (pub. 2016, Routledge) alongside co-editor Julia Meyerowitz-Katz.