AboutAirspace Gallery is pleased to present Journeymen, an exhibition that brings the works of David Blandy and Antti Laitinen together for the first time.
In a cursory sense David Blandy and Antti Laitinen could be described as journey-men, in that their work is derived from types of quest, endeavour and travel. The correct meaning of the word journeymen refers to skilled craftsmen whose next stage would be to develop the skills required to become a master.
àÂ This term, dating back to Middle English, is very appropriate for these two particular artists. For Blandy, his interest in characters such as Grasshopper (from the television series Kung Fu), the Crossroads blues legend and the mastery of levels in computer fighting games, indicate that a sense of training has a central role in his work. In Laitinenà¼s works, pitting him against natural elements or materials, the activities could easily be characterised as quests, or tests, in which he sets out to achieve difficult and very palpable tasks. It is as if the attempts of these acts were a way into a new enlightened position. Akin to how knowledge is acquired through initiation rituals, these acts seem to instigate a personal journey towards achievement and the mastery of skills.