There won’t be any Gormlets, as such, but they’re not jealous. I’ve got two pieces in a gallery in Dalston next month. It’s a collective project organised by the excellent Rory of Creature Forum; there was a creative brief, and we all submitted things according to our own interpretations.
“Putting out a fire with petrol” (8 to 12 May)– A six month project exploring the interplay of images and text : From a diverse collection of seven new writers and artists across the UK who are working with each other for the first time, this project features a series of dynamic interpretations of how a photograph can inform text or how words can inspire an image in a sometimes playful – and sometimes beautiful – symbiotic relationship.
It’s part of the “Deleted Season” at Doomed Gallery, Dalston, which specialises in art that uses photography. It’s curated by a street artist, Delete.
Both my pieces happen to be about dancing, which is a big part of my life and worked well with the brief for me. Doomed have used an earlier version of one of them in their blog post. The final version has the words more prominent. The other works I’ve seen – I haven’t seen them all yet – are very diverse in content, but the brief, the presentation, and the editorial input from Delete and from Rory, bring them together. It’s certainly improved the quality of my pieces, and I’ve learned a lot. I’m more used to just writing.
This project is collective, with any profits from the exhibition being divided between the participants, everyone retaining rights to their own work. The works will be digitally printed on a composite aluminium material which looks great and is very durable.
Remember, it’s only on for five days! Opening night Wednesday 8th May.
There will also be a book of the whole thing, and I think they’ll be lovely in that format too. I’ll link to it when it’s ready.