So its been a little while shall we say…
I found out about the closure of Oriel Wrecsam (probably may favourite gallery) that i have such a connection with. It gave me my first chance to grab at the slippy old balloon of the art bubble dream back in 2008 on selection for the Wrecsam Open. But now revitalised and mowing into pastures new its last Hara was Art Vend. The project selected artist to submit 50 pieces of work to go to vending machines placed around Wrecsam over the next few months. The work I submitted took the form of a Digital Protection locked away in the little plastic casual. Alongside this sits the brilliant documentary of the gallery in its closing weeks from https://twitter.com/OrielWresidency This was created by Simon Proffitt more of his work can be seen here A real eye for detail…
Artist in Oriel Gwynedd
Time is flying by with the project over at Oriel Gwynedd, Bangor. You can keep up to speed with the work and what I’m doing here https://tocynnwr.exposure.co I am about to start documenting the closure of the old gallery over the next coming months.
I have an Exhibition coming up from 25 April – 5 July 2015 alongside Susan Williams and Wendy Leah Dawson. I have been documenting the many signs of Tremeirchion for such a small village about 1 square mile with over 30 signs that I have managed to document
I’m also making a return to my third Helfa Gelf this year. I will be once again camped out in Haus Of Helfa, Llandudno after receiving confirmation of my work been selected. Think poems rubber bands and 360 degrees
Ffloc has been selected to work on a 3 week residency as part of connect 2 at Aberystwyth Arts Centre during May which will entail a visually projected element and poetry. This is going to be a massive challenge but great fun. This is to evolve into a bigger project
I was asked to respond to some of the history of Tedder House in Llandudno for Ideas People Places, working alongside Marc Rees, Lisa Carter and Helfa Gelf. Now standing empty stripped back to the bare bricks, all the that remains of the old R.A.F.A Club are stories and a few artefacts amongst the surviving members. After meeting with several people who were involved with the old club I was able to piece together a few memories and bring some of this once great town instution back to life. The work was projected onto a trophy cabinet from the old club on the opening night, and club members were invited to see it, there will be another opportunity to see the film in September during Helfa Gelf.
The spaces pull,
Under my skin.
No surface itches,
Drawn to the light.
Inside the whale,
Shafts of white.
A nasal breech,
Industrial fridge murder.
Christmas rush hush,
Blaming lame public,
And you will stay no more,
No carpet floor.
A black corner.
No longer warm.
Please go and see my exhibition if you are over at Sale in Manchester
I grew up in an industrial northern town. In the 1980s the industry left…
British industry underwent a period of turbulent change during the 1980s
as a result of new government policies. The Thatcher administration then
advanced the concept of ‘The Industrial Estate’, which became an out
of town regeneration scheme that every town wanted.
As an island, there is only so much small industry our infrastructure can support.
Often when an area receives European funding, it is designated as an
inhabitable Brownfield Site renovation scheme. Such official terminology
can be perceived as disingenuous and becomes a metaphor for deprivation.
I aim to document the junctions and roads of the areas where the jobs never came.
I am not a leper,
nor was I ever.
I did sign on once though.
Just a means to adhere.
I wanted to improve me,
bad chances went my way.
I was told a different name
not dole of handouts fame.
Mentally I moved on?
My scars aren’t glued on.
A blue frown rigid,
juxtaposing your deep cuts.
Austerity and Caviar
Daimler Bankers Peers
off shore accounts
So on Saturday the 2nd week of Helfa Gelf is under way come over and see me in Conwy. There was a good turn out over 20 people. We have screen prints for sale that I have been working on in calibration with Ronan Devlin. Hopefully see you there
For just under two years now I have been working with the group Ffoto Alternative and planning their biggest exhibition to date at Bodelwyddan Castle. The work was to document the 25th anniversary of the castle. Also alongside our work we was lucky to be paired with the National Portrait Gallery who brought a selection of work up from 1988 this featured photos of The Stone Roses, Run DMC, Steven Hawkins to name a few. A great honour to be alongside such images of icons. The work that I put into the show was seen first on google maps. I noticed that there was an old drive way to the castle. Back in February I went to document the trees. This would then be placed in a filling cabinet in the exhibition. that you would walk through with your hands. The first image was pixellated the last image in-front of the castle was clear to give a sense of distance. I like the fact the filing cabinet was closed so only the keen-eyed viewer would even know it was there.