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21 Sep

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Rogue Project Space @ The Manchester Contemporary 2016 – Sep 22-25

September 21, 2016 | By | No Comments

LAUNCH: Thursday 22 September, 5.30-9pm
CONTINUES: 23-25 September 2016

Rogue Project Space is excited to be exhibiting work by Rogue Artists’ Studios (Rogue) members; Jan Chlebik, Hilary Jack, Sam Meech, Evangelia Spiliopoulou, and Mike Chavez-Dawson with Shaw & Shaw at The Manchester Contemporary 2016.

I’m really pleased to be respresenting Rogue Artists Studios and Project Space at The Manchester Contemporary art fair this weekend. It’s a chance to show some of the work that artists at Rogue develop, and re-state the importance of Rogue in the Manchester art ecology, and indeed the importance of all affordable space for artists in supporting practice.

That said, I have some reservations about showing my work in the context of an art market, as I’m not used to exhibiting in order to ‘sell’ work. My experience at Kinetica Art Fair in 2014 was enlightening, though financially costly (£566 on materials, travel, acoomodation and stall fixtures), and only emphasised to me that on the whole I do not make things for market, but instead survive through the commission itself, or more often sharing the process through workshops. The truth is, I am no craftsman, and I cannot make things that are good enough to sell; instead I make works that exist to prompt an idea or question, usually in a specific context. At Kinetica I tried to approach this by offering my artistic labour for sale – an idea that many people felt was conceptually engaging (one chap said that my work was “the closest thing I’ve seen to art in here”), but which failed to translate into any actual bookings for me to ‘work’.

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This time round, I have decided to look at the notion of value again, but this time questioning the value and originality of the art object in the context of the Art Fair. I have produced a number of knitted copies of the UNIQUE KNITWEAR LTD sign belonging to our Rogue neighbours at Crusader Mill. Each sign is exactly the same (bar mistakes and dropped stitches), and is part of an ‘unlimited’ edition. They are essentially stock – no one sign is special, there is no ‘series’. I can knock these out whenever I like. I have also priced them based on measurable variables – materials, overheads, and of course, labour, plus a 20% agency fee for Rogue. It is a practical and economic approach to an absurd environment in which value is often ascribed and opaque.

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20 Sep

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Unique Knitwear Ltd pattern

September 20, 2016 | By | No Comments

I’ve been working on a series of knitted signs based on the signage for Unique Knitwear Ltd, our 2nd floor neigbours at Rogue Studios, Mcr. I first developed the design as part of progress, and replaced the original signage with the knitted version. Ayub, the manager at Uniwue, liked the sign but asked me if I could knit a second version with their new telephone number. I made a new sign for him, and also decided to create a few more (as part of an ‘unlimited edition’) for exhibition both at Manchester Contemporary Art Fair, and a show at Rogue later in the year.

Since the work itself is a play on the idea of originality in art and textiles, I felt it right that I share my design here, should people wish to knit their own. The design was created to knit with 4 ply cashmillion acrylic yarn (from Yeaman Yarns) to produce a 70cm x 45 cm piece (with margins for attaching to a frame. I have used the IMG2Track software to format the design and send it to the machine. The piece is 158 stiches wide over 300 rows (effective stretch 1.4).

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26 Jul

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Knitted Horse Performance @ Waterside – As It Happened

July 26, 2016 | By | No Comments

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A couple of pictures of my performance of the Knitted Horse in Motion at Waterside Art Gallery as part of the opening of ROGUE AT WATERSIDE. I have to say, I was really really nervous all day about whether it would work, especially presenting it within the large theatre, but thankfully there were no hiccups. I had seom great comments afterwards about the piece, as well as a couple of safety concious reminders not to leave the iron on. For those people who enjoyed the music, the playlist was:

PIcs by Robert Walker and Simone Ridyard

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24 Nov

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Film Material Soup #8 – 30th Nov, 7pm

November 24, 2013 | By | One Comment

Next Saturday I will be doing a ‘knitting performance’ at the FILM MATERIAL SOUP event at Rogue Studios – a chance once again to share my work with knitting machines.

The event showcases work by artists using sound, moving image and lasers. It’s fair to say i’m in some good company (see the list on the flyer below). I’ll be creating the Knitted Horse in Motion from scratch, using the punchcard loop, praying the no yarn snags or dropped stitches befall me. The iconic horse will also be making an appearance as part of David Lynch‘s work with lasers and mobile projection.

Saturday 30th November, 7pm prompt
Rogue Studios project space
67 – 72 Chapeltown St, Manchester
M1 2WH

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10 Oct

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Film Soup at Rogue Open Studios

October 10, 2013 | By | One Comment


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At the end of September I took part in the Film Soup Collective’s show as part of the Rogue Open Studios event. The Film Soup collective has been meeting for over a year, and the artists involved all explore fundamental properties of film and animation. Showing as part of this event were Dave Griffiths, Mary Stark, Joe Duffy, Chris Paul Daniels and myself.

This gave me a first chance to share my Knitted Horse in Motion prototype. I presented the animation alongside the knitted ‘reel’ and the punchcard that created it.

Mary Stark showed a 16 mm loop created from an exposure of upholsterer’s measuring tape.

Dave Griffiths created his own 35mm film stock from  splicing tape, and used a polarising filter to reveal the amazing range of colours inherent within the material.

Joe Duffy shared his stereoscopic images from his recent residency in China with Dave. The slides were exhibited on a lightbox with stereoscopic viewers.

Chris Daniels showed two video works that referenced early animation techniques –  the Zoetrope and the Thaumatrope.