In a world of shadows

In a world of shadows

Convergence & Space is still having an impact on my work…the shadows we discovered in the Goods Shed, their movement and the way they layer up…intensifying the experience of their existence. I tried to gather information about shadows and was surprised to discover how much negative feelings are associated with them…a few years ago I took the photo of the shadow below, cast/ projected into a small pitch-black space through a rusty door that had some letters cut into it. The shadows were animated by sunlight outside and the movement of trees bursting with summer foliage. How can I capture movement in shadow, animate the layers…?

shadow (photo), summer 2008

shadow (photo), summer 2008

shadow, graphite drawing, 07.02.2014

shadow, graphite drawing, 07.02.2014

shadow, graphite drawing, 07.02,2014

shadow, graphite drawing, 07.02,2014

shadow , graphite drawing, 07.02.2014

shadow , graphite drawing, 07.02.2014

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Open Studios and Site Festival 2014 Stroud

The Site Festival is a contemporary arts festival, now in its 18th year, which brings a full and dynamic programme of visual arts, performance, music, screenings, open studios and talks to the Stroud Valleys for the whole month of May.

The Site Festival 2014 will feature:

• A curated programme in SVA’s new gallery and studios in John Street and the Goods Shed

• Open Studios

• A Site Festival Fringe programme of events and exhibitions

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Artist talk & re-opening of ‘Convergence & Space’

Artist talk & re-opening of ‘Convergence & Space’

Artist talk thursday 5th December at SVA Stroud John Street 8pm (with possibility to view exhibition prior to talk 6pm-8pm)

‘Convergence&Space’ re-opens weekend saturday 7th& sunday 8th December 11am-5pm, included some new work created in the venue by Paul Grellier& Ann-Margreth Bohl

Casting shadows on the wall

Casting shadows on the wall

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This is where we got to

This is where we got to

Weeks have passed by, ‘Convergence&Space’ has been visited well, during the week of its opening we had about 900 people coming to see it, all ages, from fellow artists to passers by parking in the car park next to the Goods Shed to fetch a train or to do their shopping. One man came in one day, unexpected but open to whatever might meet him…his words were “I did not see anything like it before, I don’t know what to say but I am going to tell my mates to come round, it’s great.”

We had a few weeks of being playful in the way we arranged this exhibition, not easy for me initially but even more enjoyable in the end. Our work moved constantly, some bigger pieces had to remain in their original location but many objects changed location daily. So here are a few snapshots of one day in the life of ‘Convergence&Space’….

View into 'Convergence&Space'

View into ‘Convergence&Space’

Animals on the run

Animals on the run

Stroud valleys, the graffiti shadows& circle mobile

Stroud valleys, the graffiti shadows& circle mobile

Pebble line& rip

Pebble line& rip

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