The collective SynergySheffield recently released a self published collection of images online 001 is designed to provide an insight into the working minds of the six artists below is a link to publication
Art and nature for me come hand in hand, I view art making as a natural process in commune with the natural world even an extension of it. Creativity itself is an extension of our ability to interact with reality and material existence, most art through its materiality as Andy Goldsworthy describes ‘has this amazing ability to show you what’s there’. In other words it can serve as a route to a more conscious state, one that we all used to be in until we became urbanised and left nature behind us, as a separate entity. I would like to have a deeper connection to the natural world, and develop a more profound connection with material’s, like the artists Goldsworthy and Richard Long Below.
One was a solo show at Site Gallery Sheffield by artist Jason Minsky, titled Advantage it explores chance and perceptions of sport and performance. Jason works with humour and absurdity to observe the different choices we make to give us a better chance. This manifests its self when as you walk into gallery one you see that your entrance is directed and controlled by these walls of logos and mirrors. Eventually you come to a space which in the corner you are confronted with a rock climbing wall only to realise that the rocks are logos and brands. Which have been altered and twisted to offer something truly unexpected from sporting wall paper. I have to say that for me room two, hosting the simple, elegant wire framed model animation, A Mover and a Shaker was at the time very mesmerising and captivating unlike the physical structures in room one. The thing that I liked about this was compared to the manipulation in the other room you where left with the basic motion. Their was something very geometric, even structural as if a computer was trying to tell you that this was the way to perform this was the way to do this dance. I enjoyed the human body being dissected down to a simpler system it allowed for a deeper analysis of human motion.
The other exhibition is called British Modern Remade the premise of the show is conveniently in the title, being from the arts council collection this has many artists some very well known. I think this is a show that really says look this is our job we want you to know of your heritage both in terms of the history of modernism both architecture and art and how its still relevant. Being held at the recently renovated Park Hill Flats is something very special taking art and putting it in a location loaded with modernist history can only encourage a revisiting to older notions and what they mean in terms of the future.
Below is an image of a recent attempt at making art its not successful in its efforts however the ideas and notions even motion within this failed attempt is driving a relatively new creative outlook on my work. This image is a representation of a post modern idea called ‘Information Death’ and these artworks are attempting to interrogate that by manipulating the ability of digital material and its availability to the wider world. I am currently engaged in writing a short essay which will really support and anchor my art practice to these new ideas and this current direction. www.paulharrison-artist.co.uk