How to summarise the flurry of activity between the Block_Chain resident artists this week?
On a mountainside in Catalania, Sarah Misselbrook chokes back the ashes of her ‘facemask’ of incinerated charcoal drawing,while back in her flat share on the ‘dingy’ side of Cambridge, Denise Kehoe ponders the power of her Poundland cake of, ‘Gorgeous Flawless’ to deliver the perfection it purports. Read more on the Block 3 Blog
“Living and working in an isolated environment, this project has offered the opportunity to connect and collaborate virtually with other practitioners. The resulting digital imagery has been the outcome of a series of acts and performances within this natural site and epitomises the transience of the server held work and life itself.”
Meanwhile Karen Woods’ prolific urban meanderings, shared remotely with Ashokkumar D Mistry, quickly transmute into collaborations of text which run between them like ever increasing rills into undiscovered landscapes of exchange. Read more on the Block 2 Blog
Ash and I have bounced off each other with open honesty which is very rare, I have discovered that there are words in my head which wanted to be released so I let them out & about #onthestreets to sit along side my #urbanexplorations. It has been a unique collaboration for me and we hope to continue it on while individually adding little bits here and there to grow our art practices and “dissent in just being”, a phrase I took on from BlockI… thank-you Peter & James.”
Something that was in plain sight and I could not see until I was shown the way by my collaborator. This poem refers to finding new places and making your own place. In essence this is what I was referring to in an earlier post. Rather than a David and Goliath dissent, we need to consider the way we dissent without even knowing it. As Karen highlights, artists dissent by simply existing. This collaboration has been very open and honest, has drawn us together to consider how dissent sits naturally in our practice and has given me a real friend. I have dedicated the poem to Karen. It feels as thought it was written for her to find for this collaboration.”