Does love endure forever? Does a bad penny always turn up? During this Valentine month the artists and writers from CollectConnect explore this flip-sided theme with an exhibition of 32 miniature sculptures. These objects are placed in public places (#unsettledgallery), helping us to remember those who we hold dear - or cast off those who we would rather forget. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these tokens/pennies on this website. A writer will also use the art as inspiration to create something new and fresh.
Art - Dean Reddick / Words - Ed Arantus
With wagers and hopes of sweet magazines
Chose a bet that flipped on the turn of a wish
No luck to the bottom, the world cast adrift
A girl in the depths as poor as a bird
Who climbed up her so high only she truly knows
Which eyes are for crying, these games that you play
Leave this place flying, lets cast away
The boy crammed the coin straight into the slot
Tossing his luck in the swell of the sea
You might walk on water, you might live for spin
Three cherries, a melon, this bird’s on the wing
You can find Dean's flesh coin on a communications box in Wood Street, Walthamstow. Waltham Forest is currently the London Borough of Culture and many parts of the Borough are undergoing extensive change with rapid housing development and large scale gentrification. There are at least 2 amusements arcades/gambling houses in Walthamstow. Cosmic Casino at 2 Central Parade, Hoe Street and the Admiral Casino at 196 High St.
Dean Reddick is an artist, an art therapist, occasional lecturer and editor on the Art Therapy Journal ATOL. He has a small studio space at his home in Walthamstow where he works on sculptures and drawings often based on his fascination with birds and trees.
Ed Arantus is no stranger to art and writing, he first published his work in the Censored Zine (July 2010) and has exhibited his work ever since at venues like the Contemporary Arts Research Unit in Oxford (2014). Last year he exhibited his poem 'Google If' at the Museum of Futures as part of the Enemies Project.
Don't forget to submit to our next exhibition. The Art of Caring is accepting submission until the 7th
April 2019. More at http://collectconnect.blogspot.com/p/submit.html