Friday, 21 September 2012

September Update

You're invited to....

TRADING STATION, Friday 21st September at Curve Gallery

TRADING STATION is POST's second project. Exchanging with Istanbul, it seeks to uncover methods for artists to work together internationally, making the most of personal relationships and finding useful ways to develop work together using virtual methods. The interim results of this exchange feature in this exhibition at Liverpool’s Curve Gallery and showcase various responsive works developed within the exchange project.

Claire will premiere her four channel split screen film called 'Watermark: An intervention in four directions' which was produced during her two-week residency in Istanbul at the beginning of September.

Gülçin Aksoy, Nancy Atakan, AtılKunst, Cecilia Kinnear, Susan Meyerhoff Sharples, Amanda Oliphant, Claire Weetman, Robyn Woolston.

21 Sep: 18.00 - 21 .00

22 Sep - 13. Oct 2012,
Thursday - Saturday 13.00 - 19.00

These events will profile the artist’s physical and virtual methods of exchange, with the opportunity for invited guests and
audience members to participate.
22 Sep. 14.00 - 16.00
6th Oct. 14.00 - 16.00

Carlisle Building, 67 Victoria Street, Liverpool. L1 6DE. United Kingdom

TRADING STATION is funded by Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts.

Art Merseywide - The best of the open exhibitions

25 September to 1 November 2012
Liverpool Academy of Arts, Seel Street, Liverpool
Open Tuesday to Saturday 12 - 4pm

This exhibition will display some of the best artworks from the Open Exhibitions held in 20011/12 by the greater Merseyside boroughs: Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral and Liverpool.  Claire will be exhibiting her drawing 'One Minute: Van Gogh Museum'.

There is something disconcerting about a dead zebra...
29 September - 27 October 2012
Private view: Friday 28 September, 6pm
Part of Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
Museum Street, Cultural Quarter, Warrington, WA1 1JB

This Markmakers exhibition tours to Warrington as part of the Contemporary Arts Festival.  For the past two years, the artists' collective Markmakers have been exploring the concept of narratives. Reading and drawing, investigating and creating, members of the group have produced a diverse range of responses exploring story, folklore, personal history and the threads that bring it all together.

Claire will be exhibiting her book installation 71 Steps (After David Nash), which documents her collection of stones from this artwork at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Not From Here
An exhibition by Platform members during the Liverpool Biennial 2012, as part of Independents Biennial.
15 - 28 September 2012
At Baltic Creative, Jamaica Street (entrance off New Bird Street), Liverpool, L1 0BP
Claire Weetman has been working with other artists in St Helens to develop affordable studio space in the town.  This exhibition features artists from this emerging St Helens group, looking at the theme 'Not from Here'.

In other news...

Future travels to Shanghai

In May, Claire was awarded the METAL International residency to Shanghai Fine Art University, China as part of the Liverpool Art Prize events.  She will travel to the city for four weeks during November 2012 where she will develop her work including research on public squares and calligraphic techniques.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Watermark, how an idea became a piece of work.

I'm currently out in Istanbul working as part of a residency for POST Liverpool. It's the second time I've been here (the last time was March 2012) and I came with a plan to re work the 'Watermark' piece I made. Well, today that happened.

'Watermark, an intervention in Four directions' took place on Barbaros park, which is a public square in Besiktas. It's quite a transport hub with ferries, buses and Taxis galore and as a result there's lots of people passing across the square; the sort of place that I love to work in response to.

I've been looking at pavements for the past 12 months and thinking of them as a canvas for my work, so when I originally found this space it was perfect to make a piece of work on.  The courses of paving stones run from corner to corner of the square, and this is the predominant direction that people move across the space.  As I had no permission to make work here I needed to find a way of making a drawing on the floor without leaving a mark when I was finished. 

I think I was influenced by seeing lots of water traces around, pavements being cleaned, mechanical sweepers leaving a wet trail behind them, so I decided to paint water onto the floor. The basic method was trialled in March, using a small paintbrush, a Jam jar of water and a touch of bravado. At that point I only travelled in one direction, and having worked on some sketches back in my studio in St Helens I decided to make a better version of the work while I am here in Istanbul again.

I've had a 30cm paintbrush made (this involved me, a man in the market who makes sieves out of wood and mesh, a verbal language barrier, a diagram and some hand signals), bought a big roasting tin  (not your typical souvenir) to hold the water, am probably the only person ever who's travelled with gel filled knee pads, and arranged for a filmmaker to document the while thing.

So that brings me to today, when I made my work following the paving stones in four directions, using 20 litres of water, avoiding a world peace day celebration with international folk dancing, getting filthy feet, a bit of a suntan, and very sore knees.  9 hours after starting (only 4 of those were performance hours) I painted the final square, and now you'll have to wait to see the film, which gets edited tomorrow...

This residency is part of TRADING STATION, a POST artists exchange. It is funded by Arts Council England and UK trade & investment. Thanks also to all my assistants today, Dilek, Dilek's friend, Mandy and Sue.