In response to our digital residents Kim Coleman and Jenny Hogarth we've selected five artists who have revealed processes of making within their work: Pak Keung Wan, Riccardo Iacono, Alec Stevens, Jonathan Gabb and Ruth Brenner.
The Vocal Life of Jars (process), 2000 - 2001
There are currently nine jars in the series. Each jar has undergone a process whereby thin layers have been sandblasted off its surface in consecutive stages. In between each layer of sandblasting the jars would emit subtle nuances in tone if one were to play them, by running ones finger continuously along the rim. Subsequently, through this process, up to eleven individual tones were extracted from each jar to create its own soundtrack.
The work grew out of a desire to bring an object to a state as close to nothing as possible, trying to find the edges of something and nothing. Jars are beautiful things. I often buy jars not so much for their contents but for their form, their fit in the hand. I see this work as being metaphorical of the body. The notion of what it means to be empty is something I have been exploring and wrestling with in other areas of practice. Whilst my adherence to process reflects a deep fascination with how a work originates, I am also drawn to the eschatological.
The No Show, 2007
The No Show,
Castlefield Gallery, Manchester,
20 April - 27 May 2007.
A cross-media performance installation and curatorial project incorporating video collage, painting, photography and print together with artworks and artefacts from previous exhibitions at Castlefield Gallery.
For more details visit: www.riccardoiacono.co.uk/thenoshow
The Process Of Making, 2012 - 2013
This performance installation originally commissioned by Making Space for their event ‘Making it!’ within the Winchester Discovery Centre. It features an entire production process. Within this space participants obtained random words through games that inspired new drawings. These drawings were then fed to me through the thin plastic sheeting into my workshop space where I fabricate objects in wood in 3D.
Subsequent performance have happened within West Dean Fusion Festival in Chichester and The National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford.
tempo process + grass, 2017
tempo process + grass investigates the connections between spaces and processes. Exploring themes of colour, material, environment, artefact and documentation, Gabb’s continued interest in re-contextualising ‘conventional’ fine art painting practices, considers it within the experience of installation through performative actions.
Manoeuvring in and out of systems and processes, and in and out of fine art and rudimentary materials and methods, tempo process + grass seeks to invert traditional notions of formal abstraction and material contextualisation: The limits of process art are explored in the internal volume of Lewisham Arthouse which seeks to explore and fill the gallery space with a diverse composition of materials, tempered by identifiable references in pivotal points.
'Exposed - Heugh', 2017
Unfired porcelain, wood, blue rope and rusting flag-post.
Unfired porcelain was left of the mercy of the elements on the exposed North East coast.
Published 19 March 2021