THINGS FOR HOMES
/ HOMEs FOR THINGS
James Prevett makes objects, text, images and video often combining them together as sculpture. His work deals with the vitality of things – images, ideas, memories as well as objects – and the way the sculptural is experienced and understood. Sometimes uncomfortable and sometimes humorous, James makes nuanced and highly crafted work that resists simple thematic readings, rather, his work produces a sense of an atmosphere or a feeling.
For TACO! James is undertaking a new project - Things for Homes / Homes for Things. James’ research takes as its starting point the objective to make a sculpture for an individual in their home. Historically sculpture has had a direct relation to public space, public office or public institutions such as the state or the church. Where sculptures have been made for specific individuals these have been for wealthy individuals and their estates to demonstrate social status. It is rare that sculpture is thought about in relation to the site of the home or domestic space. These traditional sites and contexts for sculpture have conditioned our understanding and reception of sculptural objects and how the scultpural is understood and defined.
Since 2018 James has spent time with people in their home, locally in Thamesmead and with people in different parts of the country, making a sculptural artwork specifically for them and their home. Each work has resulted out of a period of getting to know each other. Through this exchange and the production of sculptural objects, James is developing a series of public outcomes in the form of Radio programmes for broadcast in late 2020 and a publiction in 2021. The project is funded by the Henry Moore Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Institute.
Images courtesy of James Prevett, Distension @ SIC, Helsinki 2017
James Prevett has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including Finland, Thailand, Singapore, USA, Austria and Brazil. He represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2006. His ongoing project Parties for Public Sculpture (2017) invites artists to make a ‘party’ for an existing public sculpture. James lives and works in Helsinki, Finland where he is currently Lecturer in Sculpture at Helsinki Fine Arts Academy.
Frances Scott works with moving image, presented through film screenings, installations, events and publications. Her work considers the material that exists around the periphery of the cinematic production, to propose a film composed of its associations and fragments. Where earlier projects evolved out of the script, her recent work explores the experience of moving image through non-linear film scores or their substitution through associated materials.
At TACO! Frances has continued her interest in the site of film production to develop a new moving image work, Wendy, looking at the extraordinary work of pioneering composer and musician, Wendy Carlos. Carlos famously arranged the soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 adaptation of Anthony Burgess' 'A Clockwork Orange' (1962), in which several key scenes were shot on the Thamesmead estate, as well as 'The Shining' (1981). Carlos spearheaded developments on Moog Synthesiser and use of the Voice-Encoder (Vocoder), and Frances' research draws on this history, exploring the synthesised, un-bounded voice across fields of music, literature and film.
In the development and production of Wendy Frances is working with a number of collaborators including musician Tom Richards and his handmade music synthesiser-sequencer 'Mini-Oramics' (designed in 1976 but never realised by electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram), as well as dancer and performer Valentina Formenti, using volumetric filmmaking and three-dimensional modelling techniques.
She has also continued her ongoing collaboration with sound designer Chu-Li Shewring, working with her on Incantation, Wendy (2018) a recorded broadcast for radio, commissioned by TACO! and first presented on RTM.FM.
Incantation, Wendy includes excerpts and full tracks from Carlos' work, including unused material, combined with new scripted readings and recordings. A public programme connected with Scott's research includes a performance with Tom Richards, a screening selected with Mat Jenner, as part of the ongoing film programme Viddy Horrorshow (VHS), and a new a short film Valentina. A publication commissioned and produced by An Endless Supply and TACO! will be launched in 2021.
Frances has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her recent exhibitions and screenings include: 57th New York Film Festival (2019); Close Up Film Centre, London (2018 / 2019); Institute of Making UCL (2019); Het Bos, Antwerp (2018); RTM.FM/TACO! (2018); Tate St Ives (2018); The Bower, London (2018); Annely Juda Fine Art, London (2018); Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015/2017); Peninsula Arts and South West Film & Television Archive, Plymouth (2017); Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2016); and ‘Selected III’ videoclub and FLAMIN screenings in the UK and USA including Anthology Film Archives, New York, Seattle International Film Festival, and LA Film Forum, Los Angeles (2014). In 2017 Frances was recipient of the inaugural Stuart Croft Foundation Moving Image Award.
TRAINED ON VEDA
The raw materials of basic production- bricks, mortar, stone, dough and their interaction with light, time and movement. In the work of Laura Wilson these elements form the focus of an ongoing inquiry into the everyday materials of the world we inhabit. Her inquiry is often presented as performative, sculptural, or architectural interventions comprising of physical objects, performers or events. Laura's interests lie in the potential of materials to create, pass on, translate or store memory, knowledge and cultures. Collaboration with other practices and professions is central to her way of working, and she has worked with bakers, choreographers, millers, musicians, archaeologists, and scientists in the realisation of artworks that invoke tactile pleasure, immediacy and familiar physicality.
At TACO!, Laura has been researching and developing her project - Trained on Veda, an exploration of Veda Bread, a dark brown malt loaf produced only in Northern Ireland, that has not been consumed in mainland UK for over 100 years. Laura has been exploring ways of reintroducing Veda Bread as a health food and as a ‘social object’ – generating a series of events, and workshops with local people by working with TACO! and a network of galleries and bakeries across the country. Partners on the project include MIMA(Middlesborough), Grand Union (Birmingham) and Site (Sheffield)
Laura Wilson has exhibited nationally including at SPACE, the Delfina Foundation (both London) and Site Gallery, Sheffield. Her ongoing research, Brick Project (2010-2018), investigates the history of bricks across the world and their architectural deployment in different cultures and historical periods. In 2017 she was commissioned as part of the Hull City of Culture Programme, presenting - Milling About (2017) - a choreographed performance piece responding to the archaeological collections in the Hull & East Riding museum and the history of grain production in Yorkshire. Milling About continued Laura’s ongoing research into the material properties and cultural meaning of dough, yeast, and bread.
Avril Corroon works across moving image, performance, sculpture, and food to explore contemporary lived experience. Previous work has explored precarious living conditions, the housing crisis or labour exploitation. In performing as the Air B&B logo from a city rooftop, making cheeses from mould collected from rented apartments, or covertly filming whilst working in a restaurant, Avril’s work combines absurd humour and political insight to form compelling visual narratives. In recent works Avril has incorporated ephemeral materials and subtle forms such as fragrances, touch and perishable food to produce works that are intense examinations of the body and its conditioning through modern life.
27-30 cheese wheels, 4 commercial chillers/fridges, 32" TV, 4K film, duration 9 minutes
At TACO! Avril is developing a new project that explores damp and breath as a material for sculpture and portraiture. Working with local residents Avril will explore how an artwork work can be made from humidity and damp within the context of Covid. The project is informed by Avril’s research into historic housing activism in London and the subject of damp as a galvanising issue for communities in exercising political agency.
Wish You Were Here (2017) performance still, Temple Bar Gallery view into AirB&B
Holly Graham is a London-based artist, working predominantly with print and audio. Much of Holly’s work looks at ways in which memory and narrative shape our collective histories.
After Harry Jacobs Green Fingers II, video still, 2019.
For TACO! Holly is undertaking a long term residency project working with material from the Thamesmead Community Archive and with communities in Thamesmead. The project takes as its starting point Black representation in relation both to the archive and to Thamesmead as a place. Thamesmead has a unique relationship to African communities, being home to one of the largest African diaspora in the UK, while both the Black British and African social history is largely absent from official records and shared narratives of the area. Holly will be working to develop a public programme of community engagement and public research leading to the proposal for an ambitious project to be realised in the future.
Holly graduated from MA Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 2014. Recent exhibitions and projects include: To Us It Just Looks Like A Lemon: Bothy Residency, Southwark Park Galleries (2019); On Board II, Art Licks & Espacio Vista, Madrid; BOUNDS, Skelf, Online (2019); The Oval Window, Gerald Moore Gallery, London (2019); The Romance of Flowers, Kingsgate Projects, London (2018); Common Third, Copperfield, London (2018); Carefully Cleansed of Labour and Softened by Cooking, Compressor, London (2018); and Sweet Swollen, Jerwood Visual Arts: Project Space, London (2018). Holly is Head of Artist Development at Turf Projects, Croydon, and is Co-Founder of Cypher BILLBOARD, London.