For #Five2Watch this week we've selected five artists who have explored different kinds of value in their work: Sarah Spanton, Derek Couturier, Jo Evans, Julie McCalden and Chantal Powell.
Value in the Neighbourhood, 2013
A socially engaged project, living for a month in the culturally diverse district of Poelenburg, in the city of Zaandam, on a social housing estate. A collaboration with artist and urban designer Ellen Holleman, we created a series of interventions, around expanding people’s thinking of what is valuable in their lives and in their local area.
VIDEO: an ABC of BRAND VALUES, 2012
A kind of concrete poem: a distillation of some of the core values underlying aspirational and luxury brands.
Music: Henry Hall - "Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf".
Five Pound Piece, 2015
One of several pieces made for the Nunhead Arts Trail exhibition using money as material, building on ideas about the value of art explored in the Big Deal show. (2015, two five pound notes, 200mm x 300mm)
Vault transformed my studio into a mock stately-home or museum space for Spike Open Studios 2014. Rendered out of cardboard, the throw-away material questioned the relationship between labour and value whilst the empty plinth focused attention on the space itself and the act of presentation or display.
Site specific installation created for the Crypt Gallery in collaboration with QEST scholar Melissa White. Collaboration initiated by Griffin Gallery and Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust.
The installation was designed specifically for the space and explores our relationship with value and authenticity. It collapsed notions of real against fake, low and high value, and bought together specialist craft, mass production, and contemporary art.
Materials: laminate flooring, timber, plywood, artist’s linen, water based paints, projector, amateur youtube movie documenting Hearst Castle public tour, floodlight.
Published 19 June 2020