SQUARE at May Space, 2019, 409b George Street Waterloo 2017
Square began with a group of artists coordinated by Lisa Jones with my assistance in working out the ideas and writing texts. Its foundation is an aesthetic platform or “Standard” upon which each artist improvises. Square artists, Lynne Eastaway, Richard Dunn, Catherine O’Donnell, Daniel Hollier, Pollyxenia Joannou, Lisa Jones, Stephen Little, Tom Loveday, Al Munro and Stuart Smith, use four 40 x 40 cm timber panels as a platform upon which to develop their individual art practice. There are effectively no limits on how the panels are used. The artists have used a range of two- and three-dimensional approaches, colour, texture, construction and reduction. The artists have met regularly to develop possible directions and exchange ideas in a collaborative, conversational approach or to use a term from music; as an improvisation.
For my contribution, is made four “primary” coloured panels using the layout and proportions of Kasmir Malevich’s Black Square but with thermo-chromic paint. The intention is that the gallery visitors can transgress one of the fundamental rules of art not to touch the work. Touching the panels changes their colour, leaving evidence of the touching - evidence that fades back to the original colour in a few minutes.
Also shown in Square at May Space were my first three “Train” videos.
Train 2 and 3 Installation.
These are Samples from the videos, Train 1, 2 and 3 in order: