Photo: Aylwin Greenwood-Lambert in Sheffield, Yorkshire

Aylwin Greenwood-Lambert


My practice is based around an investigation of objects in terms of their existence as networks of physical and abstract elements in an attempt to understand the nature of these elements, their manner of coexistence and their relationship with such things as aesthetics, creativity and the concept of art. The works produced within this are the results of attempts to accentuate certain aspects through interacting with pre-existing things through alteration, display, representation and utilisation. These interactions are not deployed in order to produce a particular appearance or to produce symbolic intermediaries but are instead driven by the objects and the qualities inherent within these so that the final features of the works are dictated by the process of interacting with the initial objects. This hopefully enables the meanings and aesthetics of the piece to arise naturally rather than being coerced so as to place the works in a position where they reveal something about what objects are.

The actions performed in making the works are kept as visible as possible – there is no desire to conceal anything via mysterious techniques so where possible the crafting of objects is kept to a minimum in favour of assembling pre-existing components with the minimum of fuss. This is intended to give an audience a way into the work and also helps to reduce the number of unnecessary decisions that have to be made.

Recently some of these methods have been bent and broken in order to allow fresh ideas to enter the practice. Some deliberate attempts to transmit meaning via referencing, the anecdotal and the aesthetic have been allowed to creep in - however this has been done in the spirit of roleplaying and experimentation in order to understand certain mechanisms that exist in our relationships with objects. In these cases a type of ‘short circuiting’ is used to shut down unwanted associations in order to try to prevent works appearing as containers of art or as displays of visual rhetoric and instead encourage them to be treated as meta-things which aim to dissect the idea of an object and deconstruct how we relate to objects on a cerebral level.

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Location Sheffield, Yorkshire
Activities Practice-based research
Artforms / type of project Book Works, Film & Video, Photography, Sculpture, Text
Tags Object, Thingness, Function, Meaning, Metaphysics, Process, Aesthetics, Conceptual, Objecthood

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  • The Imaginary Museum: Art Library as Archive

    06/03/2015 – 27/03/2015
    Leeds College of Art Library, Vernon Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 8PH

    Curated by Louise Atkinson Intervention at Leeds College of Art Library

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  • The Editions (Part of Collections and Collaborations)

    07/03/2015 – 22/03/2015
    The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ

    Edited by Sharon Kivland The contributors to THE EDITIONS are past and present students from the MA and PhD programmes in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam

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  • Lorem Ipsum (Part of Collections and Collaborations)

    07/03/2015 – 22/03/2015
    The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ

    Curated by Louise Atkinson Produced from an Open Call for new and existing artworks relating to the histories of writing and text.

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  • The Kippenberger Challenge (Part of Collections and Collaborations)

    07/03/2015 – 22/03/2015
    The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ

    The Kippenberger Challenge is an open invitation to equal Martin Kippenberger’s average annual printed output of 7.45 books.

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  • Looking at the Reflection of Reality

    04/12/2014 – 11/12/2014
    Mark Devereaux Projects, 4th Floor, Federation House, Federation Street/Balloon Street, Manchester, M4 2AH

    The theme of exhibition, Looking at the reflection of reality, challenges the notion of how we see and understand elements within our daily lives.

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  • Bundle of Sticks

    01/08/2014 – 31/08/2014
    Spode Factory and Museum

    Based on Aesop's Fable 'The Bundle Of Sticks' the exhibition features a diverse group of emerging and established artists from different areas of the UK, with no direct link to one another.

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  • Mexico Members Show 2014

    14/02/2014 – 16/02/2014

    The exhibition features thirty-four works by our members, who were each asked to produce a black and white image to be printed in A1 Exhibition preview: Thursday 13th February 6 – 8pm

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  • Beyond Merely Assembling

    08/11/2013 – 20/11/2013
    Mark Devereux Projects , 1st Floor Federation House Federation Street, Manchester, M60 0AF

    With works considering the way in which we respond to the environment around us, the spaces we occupy & how we often try to make-do with what we have.

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  • Bankley Open 2013

    04/10/2013 – 25/10/2013
    Bankley Studios, Bankley Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3PP

    Bankley Open Call 2013 is the first in a proposed annual series of exhibitions selected from submissions from UK artists.

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