Welcome to the Alertism exhibition, featuring artistic and literary works that were inspired by the Emergency Alert test message that was sent to people with a mobile device on Sunday 23rd April at 3pm.
Mark Carr is one of those artists who seems comfortable making work at any scale, in any media, and is willing to tackle any concept we throw his way. One of the themes that runs through his work is a willingness to embrace both written and visual language. This is his eighth exhibition with CollectConnect. His first combined words and mixed media when he became a sushi laureate for the Jawspring exhibition in 2014. The exhibition celebrated World Poetry Day, and typically Mark chose to cast light on a subject that is often brushed under the carpet, mental health. Mark's First Responder is also a polymath (like himself), read the response of writer, artist and filmmaker Francesca Albini below.
First Responder: Francesca Albini
I wondered if the alarm was for me. If I was a pawn or a node. If the alarm was for them out there or for us. If there is such a thing as us. Am I rescued or targeted? Who belongs? An ominous sense of having to trust the invisible, a spiral screaming a sterile safety.
Mark Carr is a multimedia artist from North East England who says that since he was a child, he has always felt a need to be creative and produce art. In 1984 he graduated with a degree in Fine Art, which he took to Master’s level in 1994. Mark’s inspiration is taken from the world around him and the interactions he sees between people as they express their deepest emotions.
Francesca Albini was born in Venice, and raised in Florence and Genoa. She was always surrounded by art and books, and grew up with a love and need for culture and cultural enterprises. She lives on the South Coast of England where she works as a freelance literary translator and artist. She is often involved in interesting, fun projects, for the promotion of art and culture. She was also a sushi laureate for the Jawspring exhibition in 2014.