Brad Troemel’s article which calls for a new form of distribution for art is an interesting concept. Turning to the internet to reach a larger audience. However the notion of ‘free art’ means exactly that, giving it away for free online. I can understand the thinking of this, he argues that art as a commodity is a secondary attribute and the exchange of knowledge is the primary. It is extremely competitive in the art world especially with hundreds of art graduates getting added to the mix every year in Scotland. This has allowed galleries and arts organisation to ask for volunteer labour, making this one of the few professions that expects you to work for free. Its quite hard to take this on bored when you invest so much time and effort into your practice to be told that you won’t be reimbursed or even paid., Right now I am paying huge amounts of money for an MFA degree without any form of security for when I leave. This is a labour of love but it is still a form of labour, yet its an unpaid one.
One element I have been thinking about is the interaction people have with my sculptures. This piece is my own personal reaction with the movable concrete.
Next March I will be exhibiting with David Cass at the Maidoff Gallery in Florence. David and I met during our time on the John Kinross Scholarship back in 2011 and have exhibited with him twice before. This exciting exhibition will see us both tackle the Florence floods of 1966 as our subject matter. We previously discussed exhibiting together since we have already done a great amount of research on the floods.
This August I will be exhibiting with the collective Captain Footlights during the Edinburgh Art’s Festival. Running from the 9th – 15th August at the Glasshouse at Lauriston Castle. For this exhibition I will be producing new site specific work focusing on the architectural space.