In mathematics and physics, a 'phase space' is a space in which all possible states of a system are represented, with each possible state of the system corresponding to one unique point in the phase space. In a phase space, every degree of freedom or parameter of the system is represented as an axis of a multidimensional space. A phase space may contain very many dimensions. We are proposing a creative 'phase space' in which dimensions of process and practice are explored.
Our intention is to bring together eight practitioners from varied fields to work in the Brunswick Gallery space over a period of two weeks. These artists will be selected for their engagement with 'process' as an integral part of their practice. This process then will become the focus of the time period, creating not a finished unitary exhibition but an exploration of the artists' journey in making the work, and its multifarious manifestations.
Our intention is to present infinite possibilities within a finite period of time.
Throughout the project, we will be considering the physical relationship of the artist to the work they create, and their interaction with the 'materials' at hand, materials that include the influence of other artists and their audience, and the gallery space. While many contemporary artists now have their work manufactured for them, we wish to reflect on the process of making and the value of the hand or craft of the maker in instilling meaning to the work (and the mythology of the artist), and what that word, 'work' now means in artistic terms. Does the effort of making work of infinite possibility but without a finite singular product, have a valid place in contemporary thinking? Does the myth of the artist's hand, dispelled by Warhol, have any currency?
The audience will be able to reach their own conclusions as to what truths exist in the idea of the 'Myth of the Artist'. By witnessing and interacting with the creative process the audience will experience the 'making phase', rather than simply experiencing one version of the completed work.