This 'Me' of Mine21. Sep - 5. Jan 14 / ends in 28 days Ipswich Art School
Gallery Hours: Tue to Sun, 10 to 5pm
This 'Me' of Mine
This ‘Me’ of Mine is an example of ‘distributed practice’; creative networking which goes beyond the limits of the artist’s studio. Recipient of Arts Council England funding and private sponsorship from HomeinOne.com, This ‘Me’of Mine completes its tour with the final installation at Ipswich Art School Gallery, Colchester+Ipswich Museums. This thought provoking art experience was curated via Twitter and online communications, developed publicly from conception through to completion on blogsite www.thismeofmine.wordpress.com, This ‘Me’ of Mine is a profound exploration of the selves we know in relation to the context of contemporary society and the digital age; an exploration made through the traditional media of paint, sculpture and graphite, and contemporary digital media, sound and installation.
Exhibiting artists are: Aly Helyer, Edd Pearman, Cathy Lomax, Darren Nixon, Hayley Harrison, Melanie Titmuss, Annabel Dover, Kate Murdoch, David Minton, Anthony Boswell, David Riley, Sandra Crisp, Sarah Hervey, Shireen Qureshi, and Jane Boyer. Guest Artists are: Kai-Oi Jay Yung, Gary Mansfield, Molly Behagg, Andrew Litten, Suzanne de Emmony, Helen Scalway, Lisa Snook, Jacqueline Utley, Edward Chell and Kate Elliott.
Curated from a distance via twitter and online communications, a public blog tracking development and delving deep into artists’ work and project themes, four diverse gallery venues, public funding and private sponsorship, an expanded final exhibition, a symposium, a book, videos and thousands of hours logged onto the internet. This ‘Me’ of Mine is an example of ‘distributed practice’, a phrase coined to describe the nature and reality of contemporary art practice. It is a wide distribution of networks where individuals work independently and in cooperation moving beyond traditional boundaries and landscapes of art practice. The future of art is here now.
As artists make their studios public through blogs and social media, ‘distributed practice’ has the potential to become an art form in its own right. The assemblage of information, attention to the details of its presentation and the culmination into ‘a whole’ is as rigorous as any traditional art form. Jane Boyer, curator, writer and exhibiting artist for This ‘Me’ of Mine explains, “I’ve considered each of the various media involved in distributing This ‘Me’ of Mine as a unique ‘venue’ and have worked diligently to mould This ‘Me’ of Mine to suit each one. This has gone beyond curating the physical installations in our four galleries. The blog is a venue and requires specific curatorial order, design and attention to detail; the book is a venue and required a completely different approach to curation and design with a different set of components and parameters, social media communications for the project is yet another venue with its own unique conditions. The venues have been numerous and diverse for this project. It’s taken a great deal of creativity to present This ‘Me’ of Mine in each form; it’s been a creativity every bit as challenging as facing a massive blank canvas.”
Jane is preparing for the fourth and final installation this Fall at the Ipswich Art School Gallery part of Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service. Jane was invited by Art Curator, Emma Roodhouse, to expand This ‘Me’ of Mine for the Gallery space and was awarded the funds to expand the show by ACE and her private sponsor HomeinOne.com. “The original This ‘Me’ of Mine artists will be adding new work to the show, some created specifically for the venue, and I have invited 10 guest artists to join the exhibition. I’m very pleased to welcome them all to the show,” explains Jane. She and fellow exhibiting artist, Sandra Crisp, are collaborating on a new work called Enigma especially for the expanded exhibition. Cambridge business, Visualplanet™ has signed a sponsorship agreement with Jane to provide their Touchfoil™ hardware for the piece.
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