Saturday, 28 February 2015

Stuart Simler - Trojan Horse

Stuart Simler  - Trojan Horse
Welcome to the Dwell exhibition and book. For a whole month we will be taking each artist's page and transforming it into a 3 dimensional dwelling. Each one of these small sculptures will be exhibited in public on the London streets.

Stuart Simler
Today we've got our very own Odysseus exhibiting his sculpture for the dwell exhibition. Stuart Simler's Trojan Horse even has its own address, No.7 St Michael's Alley, behind the Crosse Keys pub in the City of London. Stuart Simler is one of the founding members of our modest collective, and is a great believer and practitioner of our 'Art for all' philosophy. This isn't the only collaborative project he's a part of, Stuart is also integral to the Sunbury Working Artists group , including painters, potters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers and textile artists who got together this time last year. Their flourishing creativity flows from their studios beside the river in Sunbury-upon-Thames.

Stuart Simler  - Trojan Horse
We are indebted to Stuart for his overall creativity and exciting 'can do' attitude at CollectConnect but even more so for this Dwell exhibition. Dean Reddick cites Stuart's excellent 'Cardboard City' exhibition along London's Southbank  as one of the influences on this public art trail of tiny dwellings. In fact both referenced the spiralling housing costs in London and further afield as themes in their exhibition introductions.

Kim Reddick
We've placed Stuart's Trojan Horse right in the middle of the City, not Troy of course but London's fortified financial district. Here in London we've been under more than a 10 year siege although not one with ancient Greeks camping outside our gates. The IRA activities of the 1980's have now given way to a new threat from further shores, and Police sentries permanently line the battlements of the capital's Square Mile. We had our fair share of unusual looks from tourists and Rozzers alike but we also had a secret weapon when placing Stuart Simler's dwelling on the streets. For who could suspect our cherubic helper Kim Reddick of any skullduggerous activity.

Don't forget to have a look at the next Collect Connect project, 'The Art of Caring' exhibition at The Rose Theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames. The theme is Caring/Care and it is FREE to enter.
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