Yesterday saw me at the Walk and Talk event for the Out Yer Tree contemporary art exhibition at Coombe Abbey Country Park near Coventry where I have three pieces of work installed. Come with me as I drag you round my work....
Following on from my original Suspended re:Purpose work at the Out Yer Tree art exhibition at Lickey Hills earlier this year I started working on similar pieces using cassette tape. The same friend who gave me the massive stash of video tapes gave me a goodly amount of cassettes too so I set to dismantling them and claiming the tape. One of the good things about cassette tape is that it comes in both black and brown, the brown yields a good variety of shades too. The cassette pieces are constructed in the same way as the video but I used a variety of found objects to attach the tape to. I had two old style metal doodads that cover the top of stench pipes which are a great shape, a plastic drip tray from a bar, part of a decorative copper dish, a metal bangle and two random metal rings unearthed from the debris on my studio workspace!
On installation day I wanted a smaller more intimate place for Suspended re:Purpose 2 (yep, I named that uniquely didn't I? lol) and I chose a lovely cedar tree facing a large open grassed area containing three other artworks. The cedar had a ready made aperture with beautiful criss crossing branches and I hung some of the smaller pieces outside of that area, hopefully leading the eye into the pieces hung in the interior.
On reflection I wish I had created more than the seven pieces I used but I was happy with the placement and the way the work looked. When we checked the work before the Walk and Talk yesterday I was disappointed to find one of the pieces had disappeared. One of the others had been tied in a not too. In the 40 minutes between checking the work and getting back there to talk about it another of the pieces had been tied in a knot too!