AN ONLINE ARCHIVE OF IMAGES DERIVED FROM ‘JOB SPECIFIC’ ACTIVITY THAT INTERFACES WITH THE PAST, PRESENT AND (FUTURE) IN A RECLAMATION AND RE-PRESENTATION PROCESS.
THIS SITE STARTS WITH AND DEALS SPECIFICALLY WITH MY PART IN A SHOW ORIGINATED AT G39 entitled ……..
**The Autobiography Of A Super-Tramp
The Autobiography of A Super-Tramp takes its title from a novel by W H Davies published in 1908. Davies left his native south Wales for America and meandered across the States and into Canada via railroad in pursuit of opportunities and, in many ways, happiness before eventually returning to the UK. His travels are documented as a long saga, reminiscent of Don Quixote. The episodes paint a picture of a man for whom standing and staring was desirable but the urge to stay on the move was ever present. Anthony Shapland
A STATEMENT ABOUT MY WORKING PROCESS
An invitation to show my work in a formal gallery space is more than likely to focus my attention around a number of possibilities
I rarely pre -make a piece of work away from the gallery but previous to the show I will spend a degree of time speculating on what might happen when I eventually move into my designated arena!
Given … say two weeks or more to install I will then possibly set up a relationship with several other sites within reasonable proximity to the gallery
Some of these sites may have “existed” for 20 years or more … some may emerge during the building of the show and some may evolve in retrospect and be born after the show is demolished.
Such satellite sites could nominate themselves by the presence of various parafinalia or particular visual juxtapositions that catch my attention for some reason or other!
I will then spend some time travelling regularly between these sites familiarising myself with the lay of the land and the incidents that occur on particular “patches of earth”
Journeying is fundamental to the whole process and it, of course, goes without saying that I will be continually moving things between sites.
Things that belonged to one site may turn up at another site and then return at a later date.
The gallery site could have several objects pass thro’ that may never be in the final presentation/s.
It is anticipated that the Unit One gallery site gains some degree of prominence over the other sites during these interchanges but this may not happen and I could allow myself to become infatuated by one of the other places.
This activity will inevitably be somewhat time consuming and laborious but true to my continual processes of arranging, rearranging, shifting and sorting ‘stuff’.
Such processes involve routines that are as “job specific” as they are site oriented !
The appearance and feel of the show will partially be the result of negotiations with the Curator/Gallery Director and members of the public as regards health and safety or other awkward situations that may creep in. I anticipate that certain factors will arise that will cause a compromise solution or a total ban of some elements of the work! As I will be sharing the gallery space with approximately 11 other artists I must pay attention to some of the more aggressive elements within my work – particularly loud noises, fire and smoke!
The show in Unit One will need some degree of attention over the exhibiting period and I will deploy myself as caretaker, engineer or even repairman as is needed regarding the upkeep of the changing nature of the event .
At the time of writing I have already established this ongoing WordPress Blog that I will regularly keep updated . I intend to post images on the blog and would like people to make comment as things progress. The blog will be rich in imagery and relate to past, present and indications of future developments.
THE BLOG WILL BE WELL PRIMED WITH CONTEXTURAL INFORMATION BEFORE THE START OF THE MAIN SHOW ON 1ST JUNE!
ALL BLOG COMMENTS WILL INITIATE REPLIES AND IMAGES CONTAINING FURTHER INFORMATION AND OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE PROGRESS OF THIS ADVENTURE!
David Shepherd May 2012