VIDEO AND PHOTOS of my collaboration with Johnny C & A snippet from my artist statement with support of my amazing writer Khush kali
A snippet from my artist statement
Encrypted Sounds of Wellbeing
The artist cycles along a canal path. We are attached to her handlebars and though our view shudders and shakes, we can see how closely she skirts the waterside edge. She pedals faster, negotiating the gentle curve and the jolting bumps of the towpath, seemingly heading downhill at speed. But it is silence that crashes into the birdsong, before returning again to the haunting strains of an eerily upbeat Wurlitzer organ:
There’s no business like show business
Like no business I know...
The artist pedals faster still, chasing on two wheels a promise of freedom, liberation. Furiously propelling herself towards just that one cool moment of relief, we know the futility of her attempt even before it is affirmed by the glimpse of a silent, gliding swan.
Come to online group exhibition and digital opening showing the developments of this work
10th October 7.30pm
Saturday 10th October - 31st October 2020
Virtual opening: Saturday 10th October 7:30pm BST
Presented by Leila Houston and supported by Silver Vine Arts, 'Encrypted Sounds of Wellbeing' is an online exhibition featuring artwork by Leila Houston, selected artists, and artwork made by participants of Charnwood Arts' People Making Places programme.
Throughout lockdown, artist Leila Houston has collaborated online with local community groups for her project Encrypted Sounds of Wellbeing, funded by Arts Council England.
The project will be presented as an online exhibition, launching on World Mental Health Day, Saturday 10th October 2020, and the public will also have a chance to take part.
Leila has also commissioned a number of selected artists to contribute to Encrypted Sounds of Wellbeing. Artworks presented will include video, drawing, and collage, as well as sound art and a previously unheard piece of music titled Weightless, recorded by Kate Jackson (The Long Blondes), Chris Constantinou, and Marco Pirroni (Adam and The Ants).
Other selected visual artists include Vanya Balogh, Beverley Isaacs, Glenn Fitzy Fitzpatrick, George Sarell, and Leicester-based artists James Chantry, Courtney Askey, Dan Cowlam, Zory Rubel and Khush Kali.
From 21st September, Leila is inviting the public to take part in the exhibition by downloading an artwork made by members of a local community group from www.leilahouston.com, completing the activity, and then photographing the result and emailing it to email@example.com. Physical copies will be available from 21st September at The Exchange Bar, 50 Rutland Street, LE3 1RD, and should be returned by 5th October, again at The Exchange Bar.
The public’s interpretations will be included in the online exhibition and a smaller number will be selected to be displayed inside The Exchange Bar, curated by artist Zory Rubel.
Visit Leila’s website www.leilahouston.com for additional locations to collect and return physical copies of the participatory activity.
The online exhibition will be available to view at www.leilahouston.com and launches on Saturday 10th October at 7.30 pm with a virtual opening event and will coincide with World Mental Health Day.
Leila Houston (London, 1977) is a visual artist whose work investigates the social, political and historical aspects of a place.