Working on a video installation for my interim MA show, which will be at CMR Gallery, Redruth… thanks to Pip the NT Ranger at Godolphin Woods and Laura the Visitor Experience Manager, I was able to film the ‘Trago Tree’ in the woods, with green gel spotlights placed to highlight the dips in the landscape where mining took place. Editing it now to create the piece that will go into the space at CMR… will be open to the pulbic Friday 19th April 7-9pm and then Sat 20th and Sun 21st April 10am-4pm.
‘The Dark Rooms’, curated by Jesse Leroy Smith at the Passmore Edwards building, 3 Penrose Road, Helston, Cornwall TR13 8TP
Over forty artists – film-makers , photographers, sculptors, painters, performance and sound artists – have created a dreamscape journey through the schoolrooms. Students from Falmouth University will present a ‘show within the show’ entitled ‘Parameters of the Dark’.
Saturday 2nd February 1pm to 10pm, Sunday 3rd February 12pm to 6 pm – we suggest coming on Saturday evening from 6 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. Unaccompanied children cannot be admitted.
Jesse Leroy Smith will give a guided tour of the exhibition at 4pm on Sunday 3 February.
Jesse Leroy Smith approached the Trustees of CAST (see below) with a proposal to use the building for an art event before artists start to occupy the studios. The Trustees welcome this initiative and hope that ‘The Dark Rooms’ will act as a catalyst for future activity. With its close links with the Helston Folk Museum and its central location in West Cornwall, Jess Leroy Smith sees the Passmore Edwards building as a hub for creativity and invention and hopes that ‘The Dark Rooms’ will lead to further collaborations and contemporary art events.
‘The Dark Rooms’, curated by Jesse Leroy Smith
Jesse Leroy Smith has invited artists to transform every room in the old school building into an individual work of art. The itinerary of ‘The Dark Rooms’ begins on the ground floor, where works of art in a wide range of media contribute to a brooding cacophony of sound and dissonant imagery, exploring the psychology, politics and complex identities of the human condition. On the upper floor of the building the mood of the exhibition changes, to embrace expansive and dream-like landscapes. This exploratory journey finally resolves in the last rooms of the exhibition, with meditative and observational films that reflect on the natural landscape. In Jesse Leroy Smith’s exhibition scenario Individual works of art become points in a narrative that draws on the history and ethos of the Passmore Edwards building.
Contributing Artists include;
Richard Ballinger, Sam Bassett, Matthew Benington, Faye Dobinson, Graham Gaunt, Marie Claire Hamon, James Hankey, Michelle Hannah (from Glasgow), Jonathan Hayter, Mark Jenkin, Liam Jolly, Jesse Leroy Smith, Rachel MacLean (from Glasgow), Janet McEwan, Chris Priest, Ben Sanderson, Tim Shaw, Kate Southworth, Louise Thomas, Roger Thorp, Von Calhau (from Portugal), Rupert White, Lucy Willow, Emma Saffy Wilson . . .
‘Parameters of the Dark’, curated by Cat Bagg and Rosie Thomson-Glover
As an addition to ‘The Dark Rooms’, Jesse Leroy Smith has invited two students from Falmouth University’s MA in Curatorial Practice to curate ‘a show within the show’, featuring work by current BA and MA students at Falmouth University.
Tapping into the dual senses of nostalgia and anticipation inherent in the building at this transitional moment in its history, the curators have brought together ‘artists who share an interest in alchemical transformations of physical and emotional space and works that oscillate between imagined pasts and projected futures’.
Karl Arbuthnot, Tom James Bond, Beatrice Brown, Tim Chandler, Kate Holford, Sam Hyde, Mark Messenger, Rhys Morgan, Ashley Sheekey, Joshua Smith, Frances Walsh, Ben Wayman
The Cornubian Arts and Science Trust (CAST) is a new charity, created in 2012. Its Trustees are Alastair Cameron, Teresa Gleadowe, Chris Hibbert, Karen Townshend, John Wilkin and Ross Williams. The Trustees of CAST are hosting ‘The Dark Rooms’ as an independent project initiated and curated by Jesse Leroy Smith.
For the student show ‘Parameters of the Dark’, I have created a looped video piece called ‘Bagas Gwari’ (playgroup in Cornish), which visually explores the rooms in the Institute that were formerly used by a children’s playgroup. The video captures traces of the children’s handprints, coat hooks, footprints and other architectural features, reminding the viewer of the histories of the space, before it is renovated and prepared for the future.
I’m in the process of getting a series of photographs printed for the forthcoming ‘Love at The Poly’ show in Falmouth.
The work looks at the bedroom interiors of the former Cornwall Motel – there’s more information on the ‘Love at The Poly’ website, which has just been launched. ‘Love at The Poly’ will take over all the galleries in the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society building and will feature the work of current students and recent graduates of Falmouth University.
PRIVATE VIEW 8 February 5.30-7.30pm, all welcome.
Krowji Christmas Open Studios was great this year – over 30 artists and designers welcoming hundreds of visitors into their studios – lots of good conversations and an excuse to crack open the Quality Street! Thanks to everyone who came over the weekend.
Lots more photos from all the other studios on Krowji Artists Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Krowji-Artists-Page/207235989289429?fref=t
My work for the MA in Fine Art: Contemporary Practice at UCF is increasingly focused on ‘place’, particularly from the perspective of the outsider. The environment I am working is so culturally loaded it is impossible not to end up being influenced by it… but at the moment it’s the derelict, forgotten or everyday places that I’m interested in, rather than the areas of outstanding natural beauty. I’m also looking at the history of constructed ‘natural’ landscapes – the plants alien to the place they inhabit; the design and building work behind the scenes; the entrances/exits/boundaries that define different pieces of land.
These photos aren’t great quality but they’re research shots for some photo/video/painting work that I hope will come together as installation pieces…
Just started some small paintings on board and small-to-medium sized canvases: aiming to have them ready for Krowji’s Open Studios in Redruth (30th Nov – 2nd Dec) and the ‘Launch Collective’ show at The Crypt Gallery, St Ives (1st-7th Dec).
I’m also taking a lot of photos and starting to make some short films that I want to show with some of the paintings, testing out a more inter-disciplinary way of working.
All the work is about place: the everyday, the driven-past-at-speed, the exceptional, the beautiful, the ugly and the forgotten places that I encounter.