Blue Monkey Network presents Laura Fitzgerald, Field Research31st May 2017
Location: Towner Art Gallery, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ
Towner Art Gallery, 6-8pm. £5 entry.
Curated by Judith Alder.
Laura Fitzgerald graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2013 and was the recipient of the WW Solo Award. Her work observes and interacts with the absurdity of the everyday and contains a certain political act in rebelling against this state of everyday being. Performative video works, constructed whilst out walking, are a way to claim conceptual and intellectual ownership over areas of land in conflict, projecting narratives and subjectivities onto these areas in order to transform them into new contexts for discussion. The work is concerned with the political act of ‘taking time’ to make work - problematic in terms of claiming this within a capitalist society. This anxiety is prevalent in young emerging generations of artists, where art capital commands fees for spaces, residencies and entry for curated open submissions.
We will show work from Laura’s ongoing Field Research collection in which the Artist constructs narratives on walks in which she spontaneously engages with events which may erupt en route such as: cows breaking out onto the road, sheep crossing her path and passing by graveyards. Through these works, the Artist is deploying the small nothingness that exists between events and actions to take a sometimes humorous look at the notion of art practice and contemporary art world coexisting in the everyday.
The films will be followed by time for discussion about the many issues raised including the anxieties and insecurities we harbour as artists, and questions about the art world we operate in, hierarchies within it, and the role and status of the curator and networks.
To coincide with Blue Monkey Network’s event, we are thrilled to support Laura’s launch of a new piece of work, P45 which will be available from 31st May 2017. Details will be announced on the night at our film event and via social media. http://laurafitzgeraldfrominch.com/ and https://vimeo.com/87110097