Sunday, October 24, 2010

Artsdepot Open 2010, 23 Jul - 5 Sep 2010

Image by: Artdepot

artsdepot is at the heart of Tally Ho Corner in North Finchley, the art centre was conceived by the local community in 1996 through a conference called Barnet 2000. What emerged from that conference was an overwhelming need for more professional arts facilities in Barnet. The London Borough of Barnet then put the project in motion and teamed up with developers Taylor Woodrow and The Bull Arts Centre to develop plans for North Finchley’s regeneration and what was to become artsdepot. The art centre which includes a gallery called Arthorp Gallery, was opened to the public for the first time on Saturday 23 October 2004.

artsdepot Open is suggested as “a vibrant exhibition showcasing some of the best visual art talent around” and “an annual celebration of creativity”. It was in its sixth year returns to the Arthorp Gallery in 2010, and shortlisted artist include: Helen Maria Alveranga, Katja Angeli, Trevor Atwood, Patricia Bidi, Leszek Blyszczynski, Joo-hee Chun, Anthony Day, Jacob Eiseman-Renyard, Susan Eyre, Jamie Gordon, Veronica Grassi, Richard Greaves, Andrew Hladky, Jane Boyett Judd, Nick Judd, Myra Lawson, Paola Leonardi, Jane Lushy, Helen Michael, Sasha Morris, Alice Peillon, Paul Regan, Jacqueline Rudd, Flora Teh-Morris and David Waller, Celestine Thomas, Ian Thomson, Richard Treister, Taymaz Valley, Ben Walker, David T Waller, Christine Watson.

Initially my works ‘Circumrotation’ and ‘Whole, Semi and Skimmed’ were selected for the exhibition. However, due to space limitation and technical difficulties, the curator and her team decided to show the latter. ‘Whole, Semi and Skimmed’ was originally commissioned by Brent Artists Resources for Respect Art Festival 2009. It uses solely plastic milk bottles from one of the Brent’s recycling centre to construct into a flock of sheep. The piece took courage from remembering the toys I used to make when I was a child; it embraces mixed elements of build, play and time. It suggests a light-hearted aspect of art making and a meditative process of creation and recreation. It relates object with environment and demonstrates one of the many sustainable possibilities by rejuvenating the discarded into something ambiguous for appreciation.The following images are the documentation from the exhibition.

Image by: Chong Boon Pok Copyright: Chong Boon Pok

1 comment:

Taymaz Valley said...

Your Work was amazing. Congrat

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