its been a really busy week this week this week with working at Attenbourough Arts Centre, attending crits and meetings at 2 queens and developing the next interactive arts work .
monday and wednesday I helped set up classes at Attenborough arts, supporting Marianne with her super educational classes for school groups in the gallery. We were working at the criminal ornamentation exhitbion curated by yinka shonibare (who I saw speak at the opening - proper genuine who makes and curates with a conviction I value and trust) .
It been a really lovly to be involved in something, where many young people have never stepped foot in a gallery and showing them what art can be, how anyone from any background can go on to produce art and help them consider the idea of pattern in everyday life whilst looking at the work on display .
Wednesday we had a crit at two queens considering exciting new works/ experiamnts / thinking by Khush Kali & Kerry Jackson. we had a really good discusion around freedom in the arts, breaking free, the studio as a safe place, dancing, thinking not thinking, form and the laungage of street signs, sound in art, pattern, optical art.
The rest of this week i have been collecting 20 year of photos of my work and adding them to a presentation which I delivered yesterday, all that relates to my current art ideas and plans.
Basically i met with 3 other local artists James Chantry (Installation artist) , David Hughes (audio / visual artist areas of projection mapping and virtual reality) and Andrew Johnston (Johnny C) ( audio visual artist areas of max msp, sound tech & digital arts) who id like to meet on a monthly bases to discuss projects, sometimes make an art work of an evening there and then using all our skills (where ever we have met that week ie in a tunnel, at 2 queens, in a park or deralic building), collaborate on certain planned projects or help each other with criteecs on each of our individual projects.
I have started the ball rolling discussing how id like to use each of there skills in something I'm working on at the moment- a walk through interactive installation whilst researching 'music boxes' .
Repeated patterns in my work seem to be - the maze, music/ sound contained with in a space/ spaces, interactive works, site specific installation where visitors become part of the work, inside and outside, dread and fear, beauty and poetry, projection, screens, nature and other worldly experiences.
The meeting went well we are all excited to be working together on projects - i do have have a future plan for a event with some of the ideas and projects we come up with.......watch this space!!!!!
work by Johnny C
Leila Houston (London, 1977) is a visual artist whose work investigates the social, political and historical aspects of a place.