ANDY PARSONS

Week 4 (28th August – 2nd September)

RAFT

Raft is a new collaborative artwork, developed over the course of the week, taking in ideas for rafts from artists, friends and members of the public. The gallery filled with designs and ideas, and mock-ups of rafts. 
Andy worked remotely with Hidehiko Ishibashi who is based in Tokyo and with Sarah Carne, who is based in London. You can see Sarah’s film White Water Rafting here.
Hidehiko made video footage at sea at the site of the recent earthquake in Japan. A fisherman took Hide out in his small boat to the sea off the coast of Rikuzentakata, where an earthquake in 2011 triggered a devastating tsunami.
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Drawing on the Raft on Lough Gill, photo by Rachel Webb (2015)
Rikuzentakata, by Hide Ishibashi
Photograph taken by Hidehiko Ishibashi, in summer 2018, of Rikuzentakata, where the floodwaters of 2011 reached the top of the tower.
Throughout the week the gallery functioned as a making space and as a forum for discussion. Large scale sheets of paper recorded artists working drawings as well as contributions by passing studio artists and members of the public. Raft Drawing (1)There was a Raft of ideas; Raft as escape, as play, as adventure, as survival, as support, as rescue, as assemblage, as re-purposing of materials, as motif in art history, as a floating island.
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Raft making essentials.

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Hide’s film and work in progress on Raft number 1

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Cutting paper for the deck of a raft

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Re imagining The Raft of the Medusa

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Raft, with rope to stop it drifting off.

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Hide and Glenn’s work together

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Four Captains

 

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Our poster

Here’s a link to a little walk though of the show, filmed while we were still setting up.

 


Biographies

Andy has a BA in Fine Art from Winchester School of Art and an MA in Fine Art from Manchester Metropolitan University. His work includes painting, drawing, printmaking, artists books and sculpture. He also works as a facilitator, lecturer, critic and curator.
Selected group exhibitions include: Liminal Spaces at The Model (Sligo); The History Project and Unfolding the Archive at Bank Street Arts (Sheffield); Twentieth at APT Gallery (London) and The Drawing Box Touring Drawing Exhibition (Bologna). Solo exhibitions include those at Standpoint Gallery (London); A.P.T Gallery (London); Clinton Centre (Enniskillen) and Gallery Sudo (Tokyo).
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Sarah Carne’s practice employs a wide range of forms including video, intervention, performance, drawing and artist books. She is currently artist in residence at the Women’s Art Library. Ongoing research interests are concerned with ideas around status, value, access and confidence, explored through gender and age. 
Selected exhibitions include: I’m not looking for Mrs Barbara, Inside Job, at Tate Modern, (London); You are Welcome, Tate Exchange at Tate Modern,(London); Mining the Gap, co-hosted with Women’s art Library at Tate Britain (London) and Unfolding the Archive: Reprised and Reassessed and The Georgian Writing Desk at Bank Street Arts (Sheffield).
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Hidehiko Ishibashi completed a B.A. in Combined Studies at University of Ulster in 1994 and an M.A. in Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1995. He has exhibited in Belfast, London and Tokyo and is currently living in Japan. 
He is intrigued by what causes a person to choose a certain area to dwell in and identify with the location. His works are often about transporting systems or community involvements of a person’s engagement with the locality on the arrival at various places.
His recent activities not only include making art works but extends to many other art related events and places. In 2008, he was the director of Northern Ireland Film Festival 2008 at Eurospace Cinema in Tokyo. He has produced a documentary film “Tracing the Future : Photographer Naoya Hatakeyama” in 2015. He is currently the CEO of a firm running an old revived cinema called Toyooka Cinema which was built in 1927.
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