Jason Taylor

With Jason Taylor, Amy Twigger-Holroyd and Tamara Van San in the gallery, there was bound to be an interesting video or two created today. I decided to show this simple, yet beautiful video of one of Jason Taylor’s creations. (Watch the video in full screen to see the objects he has used, rolls of stickers, bearings, microwave stand, record player) He seems to gather a hundred different ‘elements’ and assembles them in a hundred different ways, its amazing to watch, his energy for putting these things together is endless. It is easy to see why he came up with these cards as a tool for children’s workshops, he uses the same basis for his own artwork.

He also brought a book with him documenting Russian made artefacts during the collapse of the soviet union. Ordinary people created objects out of any materials they could come across. Out of necessity, they combined these materials to create functional objects such as toys, abacuses, baskets and doormats.

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Tiny changes and mammoth decisions.

As I pieced together this movie, watching, editing,watching, editing, I felt last minute pangs of uneasiness. Part of me wanted to re-film sections to show the more ‘finished’ pieces of artwork, I was somewhat concerned of representing these artists badly, not showing the reality of how beautiful their artwork is. Sometimes it is easy to slip into the habit of only focusing on outcomes and forgetting the process that gets us there. I realised, however, it isn’t always about representing ‘completed artworks’, it is about showing the creating and evolving of ideas, the tiny changes and mammoth decisions these artists encounter as they tackle Working Title. So this video shows only a snippet of the activity on the 2nd August, I have included several shots from different moments in the day to show the extent that things can change in such short spaces of time.

This is exactly the reason that the documentation of Working Title is so important. Even if we managed to take a photo an hour, every hour, until September 25th, we wouldn’t even begin to convey the ever-changing nature of what is happening in gallery 1. I believe that is why the engagement of the viewer with the space, artists, and artwork is key, and viewing this transformative process first hand is what makes Working Title different to your ‘normal’ exhibition.


Will Cruickshank’s ‘Drawing machine’

Elliot, a member of staff at aspex demonstrate’s Will Cruickshank’s drawing machine, a device which can follow the outline of an object and leave the mark on paper. Here, Ashley’s profile is traced, as Elliot runs through the steps of how to use it.


Interview with Kate Parrott.

Ashley and Lora interview Kate Parrott who is currently working in gallery one as part of Working Title.


Interview with Andy Parker.

Lora and Ashley who are in the gallery on a work experience placement interviewed Andy Parker in the gallery today. Andy is an artist involved in Working Title, coming into the gallery every Tuesday and Wednesday until 25th September. Andy was asked about ideas behind his artwork, his influences and his experiences since being in the gallery.


Hot air.

This spinning piece by Will Cruickshank has been attached above the cafe. Hot air from the Cafe machines cause it to turn, slowly, quickly, continuously. Will returns to the gallery on the 27th July, but this piece and his ‘Drawing machine’ remain for visitors to view.