AboutâStudio' is devoted to the relationship of artists to their places of work; mapping what an artist can and cannot be without their studio. The frustration of a removed physical studio space within the educational environment has led Pigeon to reach for a broader understanding of the very term studio.
In the late 1960s artists questioned and overturned the traditional modes of production, circulation and reception of artworks causing the notion of the studio to gradually diminish. The diffusion of the artistic workplace across globalised networks has led to the pervasive acknowledgment of the âpost-studio' era. In the case of the post-studio Pigeon considers the lengths to which the term does justice to the current nature of the space and place of art production. There is an ongoing debate within art education about the necessity and significance of providing art students with a studio. In an era where students work ever more systematically, does an architectural or institutional workspace remain valid?
Pigeon questions the connection between the artist and the physical space of their activity. Pigeon ask us to pay the studio a visit, to consider the innumerable spaces where artists are at work, creating along the way a studio of image, text, paper and glue.
Contributors include Mateus Domingos, Mike Stubbs, Leo Powell and Vanilla Galleries.
Alongside the launch, Pigeon present a connected film series of âmoving portraits' inviting viewers to enter the usually private workspaces of artists including Bill Culbert and Mike Stubbs. Unexpected and unforeseen moments are captured, projecting Pigeon's perception of the artists at work, their studios and the transition of their work from the studio to public presentation.
As part of Epilogues: It Started With A Car Crash the event is supported by the Arts Council England and 20 Projects.