Sunday, 28 February 2010

7th Open Critique with Jason Minsky

On Monday, we invited artist, Jason Minsky to join us for our open critique. The critique is a monthly opportunity for artists from the academy to present recent work, including everything from sketchy outline ideas to more developed works. We try to experiment with the structure of the critiques ie. location, duration etc. This time we set ourselves up in Islington Mills new cafe space and had a delicious lunch to break up the day with.

We were joined by Jason Minsky who gave a great talk about the many, many works he has made and projects he has been involved with since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1999. Here's what Lisa Beauchamp says about him:

"His work carries with it a sense of realness and familiarity, through the types of topics it addresses, the commentary it makes and the ways in which this is communicated. Minsky sees sport as an effective and available means of communication and a language that most people can easily relate to and understand. In much of his work he appropriates sport as a common vocabulary, using and messing it up for his own means. Minsky uses things like sport and humour to set up and create dialogues in his work and there is always a refreshing, open-ended and limitless quality to all of his pieces. His work attempts to create debate and poses critical questions on different levels."

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Art Academy Talk at Black Lab, Leeds

This week, we were invited by the Leeds based artist collective, Black Dogs to give a talk about the art academy at the opening event for their new space, Black Lab. Until now, Black Dogs have been a roaming bunch, working from each others homes and in other temporary spaces. The Black Lab marks a decision to take on a more permanent space for the group and so our talk was followed with a discussion on what it could best be used for.

Here is something written by Andy Abbot that I've cut from the Black Lab blog about the event:

“Seemingly slicing into the nuts and guts of something perhaps very often overlooked in art education, the academy investigated the question what does it mean to be an artist? Sharing resources and discussion the self-directed students of Islington Mill invited artist’s to come to their school to talk about, reflect on and expose their methods. Open to anyone wishing to enrol the academy dissolved the usual hierarchy of information, resources and experience with the attitude and commitment to the idea that there should always be a mutually beneficial exchange with the people they worked with. “