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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 exhibition obliquely looks at the choices faced by most artists at points in their careers, contrasting those artists who embed themselves in a locality or scene or those who adopt a nomadic practice which acknowledges globalisation and increasing inter-national homogeneity taking the position of romantic, ‘littlest hobo’ outsiderdom. The local is often seen as static and unique, a place of fixity, tradition and continuity. It is often contrasted with the global, a supposed realm of unfettered mobility and dynamism, of continuous transformation. Those artists who move toward these opportunities, wherever that takes them pit the lure of the unknown against the desire to remain.
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
THE EXHIBITION WILL RUN FOR THREE MONTHS AND INVOLVE TWELVE ARTISTS – THREE OF WHICH WILL  CONSECUTIVELY OCCUPY THE UNIT ONE SPACE FOR A PERIOD OF ONE MONTH EACH.
DAVID SHEPHERD – I will be developing my work from Monday 7th May over a period of approximately three months. By invitation I will be reclaiming some aspects of the”Drifter” show as a starting point to a new body of work. I will occupy the Unit One Space for the whole of July.
The show coincides with an exhibition at the Brewhouse Gallery in Taunton running from 7th July – 11th August

                   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

7 responses to “About

  1. Anthony – just spending some time with ‘The Road’ by Jack London! Has many things in common with The Autobiography of a Super- Tramp … D

  2. Andy Havenhand

    Dave , you are condensing and reminding me of issues I”ve been forced to consider for some time ………spending time playing or watching rugby when I should be in the studio , leaving my working class roots in Leeds to live in upstate NY , teach University and deal with the Manhattan art world bs , being equally content mowing 5 acres of land by tractor or putting paint on fabric or building a new staircase for the house , constructing a memorial context of Yorkshire within which I can still place myself , at the same time being aware that I’ve now lived most of my life in a ” foreign ” country , and a recognition of repetitive elements ( production line sensibility ) in my work .
    Somehow the content of experiencing land and space seem unavoidable in artistic practice ( especially if you’re British ) , think I’m supposed to be a farmer like my grandparents . One thing I do respond to here is the lack of historical artistic precedents , it is possible to make something without it being immediately placed in a lineage , a nod to so and so who in turn was influenced by etc etc . That and the physical and intellectual room afforded you , the lack of necessity to be ” right ” , simply presenting A possibility .
    Hope your project goes well, I’ll be following
    Size 7 cowboy boots wasn’t it ?
    Andy Havenhand.

  3. Hi Andy ……….. long time no see .. nice to here from you …….. am retired now and enjoying making art works virtually every day! Your comment is somewhat philosophical with a touch of nostalgia …but that’s ‘northerners’ for you. Here’s an image of 30 incinerators in one of my studios that are destined for the G 39 show. Not quite sure what ‘s going to happen yet ……… but that’s the way I like to work ……… keep in touch.

    I am on FB and keep in contact with a lot of ex-students from the old days ……. Boots are American size 9D …. I HAVE OVER 200 PAIRS BY NOW …. How crazy is that!

    click on url below to reveal image ….

  4. Andy Havenhand

    Dave, good to hear your voice . I’m remembering a piece you had at Howard Gdns when I came for interview ( ouch ! ) . It incorporated several gardening implements arranged around a fence I think ? I currently direct / coordinate a gallery as part of my responsibilities at Syracuse University , and am putting together an agricultural / horticultural art show . I wondered if , with visual aid and directions you’d be interested in letting me reconstruct that piece on your behalf . Or for that matter , submit another proposal . To give a slight context , I am staining hay bales for stacking on a custom made hay cart , Sam ,our head of sculpture , grafts fruit trees to produce 5 different kinds of fruit from one tree , exhibiting the 8ft tall trees in wheeled containers . The show will accommodate any media . Please let me know if you’re interested . I can tell you’re busy .
    Years ago I bought one expensive pair of cowboy boots and wore them until they absolutely wore out ( Yorkshireman ) .

  5. Andy ….. I am certainly interested ! ……. thanx very much the invite! Please send further details ! When is the show and how many people are showing etc. How big is the space ? I make videos these days …. as well as large and small installations … there’s quite a lot of images on this blog! It would be easy to send a video of course .. I could make one to fit the context of the show ……. or send you instructions to make an installation ….. makes me want to jump on a plane and come over and start work right away! ………… Can’t remember the installation you saw on your interview – many moons ago …!
    Meanwhile here is another image to contemplate ………
    with boots …..

    ….. this was one a series of works I did on allotments working with the plot holders and painting their sheds “red” ( ref. to “High Plains Drifter”) ……. every time I got permission to paint a shed I bought the owner a wheelbarrow! They thought I was crazy .. but it was great fun !

    click on url to reveal image below …

  6. click on url below to reveal a nice new wheel barrow !

  7. Andy Havenhand

    Dave, love the High Plains Drifter reference . I’m hoping the show will happen this autumn, I ultimately control the gallery schedule but have a committee to consult with , we won’t meet until the first week of Sept to review proposals . I’ve curated a NY artists show as part of a large biennale for the first 6 weeks of the semester , so I’m hoping for sometime in Oct or Nov . I’ll keep you posted . The gallery is 4,300 sq ft , 12ft ceilings , two large open rooms . Yes , a video is always a possibility , directions for a 3d installation could compliment that ? Whatever you want . I’ll be writing an outline soon and will forward .
    Also , my great great grandfather was the founder member of Leeds Rugby League Club ( Rhinos ) and on the first board of directors in 1870 . I supported them religiously from 11 yrs old until I went to Cardiff , season tickets etc and my folks never told me . Am watching Salford v Warrigton right now on tv .
    Any suggestions for a title for an agricultural , horticultural , farming based art show gladly accepted .
    Andy .

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