Approved: 16.08.2006

Les Bicknell

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Approved: 16.08.2006

An exploration of the ideas around a sense of place has been at the core of my practice. This could be a personal mapping of my surroundings, working with a Parish Council to celebrate its specialness or researching the history of a specific space to create appropriate and meaningful pieces of public art.
The use of the book form has developed my connection to and an understanding of audience

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Biography

An exploration of the ideas around a sense of place has been at the core of my practice. This could be a personal mapping of my surroundings, working with a Parish Council to celebrate its specialness or researching the history of a specific space to create appropriate and meaningful pieces of public art. The use of the book form has developed my connection to and an understanding of audience and heightened my understanding of the idea of communication. These ideas around the book manifest themselves as form as content and manipulation as narrative. Current relationships with government administrations on the development of spaces for the public have strengthened my interest in the role of the artist in society. This connects with the exploring reflective practice through a virtual learning environment in my role as Senior Lecturer at Norwich University College of the Arts. My practice in general explores the idea of the book; specifically this body of work is an exploration of ideas around a sense of place. The book as a symbol of power and knowledge can be a vehicle to communicate directly; it is a form that is understood in these terms but repositioning its context and purpose challenges these very notions. The work becomes a question rather than an answer, a collaboration between maker and reader/viewer. The practical aspects of the book form, of disseminating information; of making things clearer is an interesting idea to question. The sculptural forms are derived from and examine the book form. The work explores the idea of form as a content and manipulation as the narrative. The work positions itself conceptually and physically between and within the idea of both sculpture and book. The hybrid nature of the work finds its roots in both forms – exploring and challenging both genres. The idea of a sense of place comes from stillness and silence, a reflective experience of taking time to look, listen and consider the spaces I find myself in and my connection to them. The immediate landscape around my house and the walks I undertake provide a starting point for the work, the unseen and the seen have equal worth when making the work.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2009 - threads: mapped , Gallery 1.1 Town Hall Gallery, Ipswich 2005 - suppose it is true after all?, The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth 2003 - folded space , IP Gallery, Colchester 2000 - Reading landscapes, Focal Point 2000 - Rural but not isolated, Peasenhall and Sibton Youth Club 1999 - The Lesson, National Museum of Scotland 1998 - A Selection, Aberdeen Art Gallery 1996 - The Partner Left Room, Ipswich Antenatal Clinic 1996 - The Partner Left the Room, Ipswich Antenatal Clinic 1995 - Anticipating Tomorrow, Eagle Gallery, London 1995 - Footprints In The Sand, Minories, Colchester 1995 - Marking Land, Brewery Arts, Cirencester 1994 - Books Are Important, Maison Du L A C, Picady, France 1994 - The Ordinary Made Extraordinary, Hardware Gallery, London 1993 - Footprints In The Sand, Piece Hall, Halifax, Aberdeen and St Bead 1992 - Landscapes In Wood and Words, Gainsborough's House, Sudbury 1992 - Unspoken Words, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham 1990 - A Fragile Walk, Victoria and Albert Museum Group exhibitions 2012 - repeat, Norwich Gallery , Norwich 2011 - “Between You and Me’ , Samwon Paper Gallery, Seoul, Korea 2011 - Modified Expression , touring exhibition Kilkenny Festival , Irish Crafts Council head office 2010 - we are the history of textiles , Dragon Hall, Norwich 2009 - imprints, mediatheque La Durance, Cavaillon, France 2008 - From Book to Book , Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds 2007 - action/interaction, Chicago Centre for Book and Paper , USA 2007 - looking for, University of the arts, London 2007 - Picasso’s Laboratory , St James Cavalier, Centre for Creativity , Valletta, Malta 2006 - Right here, right now , the Herbert, Coventry 2002 - paperworks, Creative East Tour, Norfolk 2001 - Edges, Crossing thresholds, UEA 2001 - Inside cover, Touring, Oxford Brookes 2001 - On paper, Craft Council 2001 - Paper past / paper perfect, Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture 2001 - Views across the pond, Blickling Hall National Trust House 1999 - James Joyce's Typewriter and other Book Works, London Institute 1999 - Real Lives, London College of Printing 1998 - Changing Pages, Collins Gallery, Glasgow 1995 - Artists Books, Tate Gallery 1995 - Beyond Reading, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea 1995 - Bought To Book, Collins Gallery, Glasgow 1995 - Paperworks, Halifax Museum 1995 - Words Or Don't Stand On Trifles, Aspex, Portsmouth 1994 - Artists Books From The Collection, London College of Printing 1994 - Between Tradition And Innovation, Rijks Museum, Hague 1994 - The Book, Ruskin Art Gallery 1993 - Bookies And Boxes, Cartwright Hall 1993 - British Artists Books, Crescent Arts Centre Residencies 2007 - Temporary installation - based on ideas around Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon., Valletta, Malta 2001 - Physical Poetry, Norfolk County Council, Libaries 2001 - YOTA, Sibton Parish Council, Suffolk 2000 - Engage, Encompass Project , UEA, Norfolk Public commissions 2011 - Interactive print - Berryfield mosaic, firstsite, Colchester 2011 - Journey to the podium , Essex County Council , 2012 Olympics 2011 - the big book, firstsite gallery, colchester 2009 - Longshop bench, Leiston Sq, Suffolk 2009 - Wrapping the Corn Exchange with cornfields and sky, Corn Exchange, Ipswich 2008 - beyond, Housing Estate, Colchester 2006 - Diss stones, Morrisons Diss, Diss 2005 - What is important? – Working on a housing estate in Great Cornard within the Housing Department of B, Babergh District Council, Suffolk 2004 - ‘Home Zone’, Suffolk County Council Environment and Planning Department., Lowestoft, Suffolk 2003 - Marriott’s Way, cycle path, Norfolk County Council Planning and Transport Department. , Marriott's Way, Norfolk 2002 - Writing instructions / reading words – a site-specific text based work , Poetry Society , London 2001 - Multi-functional street furniture , Quayside, Norwich 2000 - Queen’s Suffolk Book , Suffolk County Council , Suffolk Record Office Other 1990 - The work has been acquired by numerous private and public collections nationally and internationally, collections, collections