The SPACE gallery will be host to the international artist Pete Codling who will be creating a giant charcoal drawing directly on the gallery wall. The building, which will be demolished this summer along with this final artwork, was actually Codling's old studio space when he was a student at Portsmouth College of Art in the late 1980's.
This 'charcoal epitaph ' is a personal way for the artist to say good bye to the building but also to celebrate the creativity of many artists, designers and musicians who have used this space over the last fifty years.
Codling, who has been travelling in Europe for last two months in search of inspiration , returns to his home town to start on the artwork on the 16th June. He will be working in the SPACE gallery on Winston Churchill Avenue until the 24th June where people can see him at work through the window or pop in to meet the artist in person.
He is best known in the city for his conceptual and public projects such as; The One Million Pebble project on Southsea beach, The Wymering Wall near Queen Alexander Hospital, The Arundel Street Precinct design in the city centre and the sculptures at the John Pounds Community Centre on Queen Street in Portsea. Other well-known sculptures by the artist such as The Bognor Sun Sculpture and The Woolston Millennium Garden and a giant forty foot landmark sculpture called 'Mam-gu' or 'grandmother' in South Wales.
He is however concentrating on his large scale temporary drawings for the moment. He refers to them as somewhere between, cave painting, graffiti, murals and frescos. A return to basics for the artist who believes drawing is the primary language of all art. This drawing on the main wall will be nearly ten metres by five meters with other smaller walls being included in the composition. The artwork will be inspired by classical mythology from his travels in the Mediterranean and will refer to Portsmouth and the history of the building.
If you are passing, feel free to drop into SPACE to talk to Pete Codling about his drawing or if you would prefer to make an appointment, contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to all of you who have supported CCi SPACE exhibitions, residencies, projects and events at Eldon Building over the last 3 years of programming. After this residency is complete, SPACE will continue in various forms in some interesting and exciting on and offsite projects, whilst the new build takes place (due for completion Summer 2013)
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