“in an age when so many artworks are conceived to be photographed, when unconscious concessions are made for maximum online popularity, and when the circulation of art is so frequently a function of its representation in digital photographs and on social media, what does it mean for a work to privilege people’s presence, to ask for our time and our touch?”
With the advent of spring and better weather to tempt us outside, we invite Ellen Mara De Wachter to visit Sarah Staton’s commission, a belvedere set in the grounds of the University of Bristol’s residential halls.
Ellen invites us to experience Edith and Hans with her, and considers an artwork which “offers endless possibilities for the theatre of life” against the background of a year of dramatic political change in Europe and the United States and “rewards us for the time spent in its company”.
Ellen is a writer and curator based in London. She is a regular contributor to Frieze magazine and her writing has appeared in numerous publications. Her book, Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration will be launched by Phaidon in April 2017.
One of the first works produced by Field Art Projects, Janet Cardiff’s Forty Part Motet is revisited in an article by Terence Riley published this month on affidavit. Riley describes this seminal work by Cardiff, the almost visceral response it elicits, and the way the work changes according to its setting - “it made me feel as if I had never really heard music before, or at least never understood it as a spatial as well as auditory phenomenon.” You can read more here.
If you’re looking for an unusual but delightful gift for Christmas then look no further!
Our book of drawings by Bristol-based milkman Garth England, Murdered with Straight Lines has been described variously as “an extraordinary social document”, “a beautiful book that charts the changing city through the eyes of a post-war everyman” and “absolutely gorgeous, I can’t get my nose out of it”.
Sarah Staton will be giving a talk about her work as part of the UWE/Art in the City talk series at Arnolfini, Bristol at 6.30pm.
Sarah Staton creates spaces and objects that seek to enable revelry and reverie. Her work combines a sculptor’s sensibility with design, landscape and architecture. Staton’s practice draws inspiration from graphic and furniture designers, architects and cultural critics with whom she collaborates. Staton’s recent work has explored interaction between audience and environment where her artworks have become habitable or capable of supporting life. Staton is interested in the tactile qualities of our built environment, an idea she returns to repeatedly in her work.
In the lecture she will talk about her work including Edith and Hans, the new public realm commission produced by Field Art Projects for the University of Bristol, a 21st century folly and social sculpture for the University’s halls of residence at Stoke Bishop. She exhibits internationally and her work is held in public collections all over the world.
Tickets are £6/£4 and free to students and staff at the University of Bristol and UWE. To book follow the link.
The University of Bristol will launch a new public artwork by Sarah Staton today.
Produced by Field Art Projects and commissioned by the University, Edith & Hans is a 21st century folly situated in the meadows of the Stoke Bishop Halls of Residence. This permanent artwork has been commissioned as part of the University’s commitment to public art reinforcing the distinctive aspects of the different types of gardens and parkland surrounding the halls of residence. Staton’s practice combines design and art history influences with formal sculptural values, often mixing traditional craft techniques with cutting-edge technology. She draws together various influences in her work: in the case of Edith and Hans making multiple references to both the historic site of the artwork and its contemporary context.
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