'ough'ough Commission Live

From: Mon 7 November, 12:00am
To: Sun 20 November, 12:00am

Venue: King Street / Moira Street, Belton Road / Derby Road and Ratcliffe Road

FREE

For the Market Town project design collective Europa collaborated with artist and illustrator Peter Nencini on a commission entitled 'ough'ough. This commission explored the complex issues that surround the creation of graphic identities for places, and thinking about the differences between brand and place identity.

Robert Sollis of Europa and Peter made a number of visits to the town and met with longstanding businesses and institutions alongside more recent start-ups and research centres to gain a sense of the objects found and knowledge that is produced in Loughborough.

The body of visual research takes several distinct forms: a trio of large-scale printed illustrations displayed on a number of billboards in the town centre (7 - 20 November), a set of limited edition postcards and oughough.co.uk, a specially designed website that contextualizes the billboard works and discusses issues surrounding identity of place and their relationship with place-based branding.

Please contact luarts@lboro.ac.uk for a set of 'ough'ough postcards.

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November 2018

'Co-working with Things': Exhibition Preview

November 2018

'Co-working with Things': Exhibition Preview

Join us for the opening of Assunta Ruocco's 'Co-Working with Things' in the Martin Hall Exhibition Space on Wednesday 14th November, from 4-6pm. Wine and refreshments provided, and the artist and curator will be present to discuss the work.

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Join us for the opening of Assunta Ruocco's 'Co-Working with Things' in the Martin Hall Exhibition Space on Wednesday 14th November, from 4-6pm. Wine and refreshments provided, and the artist and curator will be present to discuss the work.

An exhibition of artistic research conducted as part of the practice-based PhD project ‘Co-working with Things. How Furnished Spaces Contribute to the Emergence of Artworks’, supervised by Gillian Whiteley and­­­­ Eleanor Morgan, within Loughborough University School of the Arts, English and Drama. All prints were produced within SAED Printmaking Workshop with the help and advice of printmaking tutor Pete Dobson. Exhibition curated by David Bell, with support from Radar­.  

Background:

In 1947, artist Anni Albers urged us to consider ‘materials as our co-workers’. In so doing she invited us to develop new relationships with machines, tools, materials and working spaces. This exhibition explores how the things with which artists work can be seen as co-workers. All the artworks presented are based on simple sets of rules derived from what was possible within a particular, contingent context: working at home or in the printmaking workshop. The works are ongoing, and insist on labour intensive relationships with materials, tools and machines arranged within particular furnished spaces.


The most important aspect common to the works is that they are not autonomous pieces produced by an autonomous artist: their dependence on situations, contexts, equipment, and the willingness of others to do some of the work is written within the ‘code’ that structures their ongoing development. The modular installation Vertical Studio is formless, until someone helps to make it by arranging the elements. Aquatint Etchings is a series of double-sided, multi-layered prints: exhibiting them always involves outsourcing the process of deciding which print is visible, and which is concealed. To make the Photo-Etchings, I asked friends to select from thousands of drawings. Those chosen were then turned into a multiple through the complex photo-etching process which produces uncontrollable variations.

The myth of artistic autonomy is challenged by artworks that depend on contingent contexts and can only emerge from specific arrangements of things. Focusing on the role of things within furnished spaces also reveals the importance of maintenance activities that are not usually seen as part of artistic labour. It is the work of setting up and looking after spaces such as homes, studios and workshops that makes the emergence of new artworks possible.

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Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK

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