Monday 19 February 2018

Year 2275 - Stella Tripp - #smallworldfutures

Stella Tripp  #unsettledgallery No.6 Gibbon's Rent
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....Stella Tripp
The year is 2275.

Welcome to Calibration Class 15b. Real for Beginners will start shortly.

Stand comfortably now, move yourselves gently towards the light.
In front of you is the fourth wall. It is not a screenscape.
The light is harsh. I cannot dial it down unfortunately.
Lower your hands please, trust me.
Your eyes feel restless. Don't panic. They will calm, your breathing will be stillness soon.

There is nothing to see I know. The whitescape below is barren and bright.
Move your eyes to the dark lines that reach out into the courtyard.
These are shadows, something we don't see inside do we, with our multisoft ecoglobes.
The shadows come from the buildings we stand in. Five of them, like the fingers on your hand.

Now wait a few minutes....... the shadows move. So slowly we cannot detect them. Imagine the black shadows are YOUR fingers, hold up your own hands if it helps.
It is YOU that is reaching out into the whitescape.
YOU exist beyond the fourth wall.

Thank you everyone that's enough for today. You've all done very well.
That is your first taste of Realness, something you will never be able to touch.
Although in time you'll come to appreciate its beauty.

Goodbye and see you all tomorrow.

Alban Low

Stella Tripp
You can find Stella Tripp's Small World Future at #unsettledgallery No.6, deep in the undergrowth of Gibbon's Rent, London Bridge. If you can find it then you can take it home, or perhaps you will leave it for someone else to discover.

Born in Somerset, Stella Tripp trained locally before attending Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts where she went on to lecture part-time. At the beginning of the eighties Stella travelled to America, Illinois where she developed much of her over arching themes and work practices, such as the decision to stop using rectangular stretched canvases and instead building makeshift constructions to paint on. These better reflected her situation and state of mind. She wrote a thesis exploring the nature of art by comparing art from different cultures and was excited by the possibilities that surface when exploring the nature of art in the light of cultural and societal conditioning: "things don’t have to be as they are; anything goes; anything is possible". Stella has been a regular contributor to CollectConnect projects and has notched up over 14 shows exhibitions or publications.

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.

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