Monday, 21 February 2011

Puzzle Project at Kansai International Airport


I will be taking part in the Puzzle Project at Kansai International Airport between March and May 2011. Click on the links below for more information.

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[PUZZLE PROJECT]

PUZZLE PROJECTは大阪府が実施する『おおさかカンヴァス推進事業』の制作作品に選ばれました。
今回の展示予定会場は関西国際空港(KIX)です。

2006年に大阪で始まり, ロンドン(2008年), トロント(2010年)で開催したPUZZLE PROJECTが2011年, 正に海外から帰国したかのように関西国際空港で開催!

「アートで国境や宗教, 民族, 人種を越える!そして, 繋ぐ!」というコンセプトのPUZZLE PROJECTにとって国際空港は正にぴったりな開催地といえます!
そして今回はかなり大規模になります。今までのPUZZLE PROJECTの4倍以上のピースを展示する予定です。

皆様のエントリーをお待ちしております!

エントリー締切りは2011年2月14日
(参加人数が定員に達し次第, 応募期限前でも応募を締め切ります。)

会場
関西国際空港 旅客ターミナル4F

会期
調整中(2011年3月頃)

主催
パズルプロジェクト実行委員会
本部兼日本事務局メンバー
代表:稲葉高志 スタッフ:高松敦
本部事務局(ウーニーポンポンカウカウ アート プロジェクト スペース内)
〒530-0027
大阪府大阪市北区堂山町13番5号
TEL:FAX:06-6313-2644
E-mail info@unipon2kau2.com
URL http://puzzle-project.org/

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Nail your colours to the mast!

This medal commemorates the life of Jack Crawford, Sunderland-born hero of the Battle of Camperdown (1797), who risked his life to nail Admiral Duncan’s colours to the mast of the flagship Venerable after the Dutch shot them away no less than 6 times. My current research explores how an artist might use the Sunderland Museum’s 19th Century Sunderland Ware pottery collection as a tool to engage the local community for mutual benefit. The pottery is famous for its pink lustre glazes and transfer-printed imagery often depicting maritime scenes, with Jack Crawford’s exploits being a common topic. During research at the Museum, I discovered that it had, at one point, accessioned into its collection, ‘the heart of Jack Crawford’. This artefact has since been lost and it is impossible to tell whether or not it really was Jack Crawford’s heart. However, the story captured my imagination and inspired me to make a modern day bravery medal which featured an effigy of Jack Crawford’s heart together with the idiom, “Nail your colours to the mast”. It is hoped that this tribute to Jack Crawford will have contemporary resonances, particularly in these uncertain times when many men and women from the North East are serving their country in conflicts abroad.

The medal was initially carved in wood and a plaster cast was then taken for porcelain slip casting. When fired, porcelain shrinks by up to twenty per cent and it was necessary to make the original slightly bigger to take account of this. The size of the medal reflects the size of the original silver medal awarded to Jack Crawford which is on display in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. The medal format offered an unparalleled opportunity to explore scale, three dimensional form and surface decoration through ceramic transfer printing. Carving the original in wood also confers to the finished piece a casual ‘folk art’ feel which simultaneously pays homage to and mildly challenges the traditional medal format.

Jack Crawford's Heart

This medal commemorates the life of Jack Crawford, Sunderland-born hero of the Battle of Camperdown (1797), who risked his life to nail Admiral Duncan’s colours to the mast of the flagship Venerable after the Dutch shot them away no less than 6 times. My current research explores how an artist might use the Sunderland Museum’s 19th Century Sunderland Ware pottery collection as a tool to engage the local community for mutual benefit. The pottery is famous for its pink lustre glazes and transfer-printed imagery often depicting maritime scenes, with Jack Crawford’s exploits being a common topic. During research at the Museum, I discovered that it had, at one point, accessioned into its collection, ‘the heart of Jack Crawford’. This artefact has since been discarded as it was unlikely to have been the genuine article. However, the story captured my imagination and inspired me to make a modern day bravery medal which featured an effigy of Jack Crawford’s heart together with the idiom, “Nail your colours to the mast”. It is hoped that this tribute to Jack Crawford will have contemporary resonances, particularly in these uncertain times when many men and women from the North East are serving their country in conflicts abroad.

The medal was initially carved in wood and a plaster cast was then taken for porcelain slip casting. When fired, porcelain shrinks by up to twenty per cent and it was necessary to make the original slightly bigger to take account of this. The size of the medal reflects the size of the original silver medal awarded to Jack Crawford which is on display in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. The medal format offered an unparalleled opportunity to explore scale, three dimensional form and surface decoration through ceramic transfer printing. Carving the original in wood also confers to the finished piece a casual ‘folk art’ feel which simultaneously pays homage to and mildly challenges the traditional medal format.

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