redwood, wooden broom handles, metal brackets, screws, muslin, decal paper
each frame h. 2500mm approx l.1428mm w.500mm approx
Exhibited at Project Space: GLAZED, NN Contemporary Art, Northampton, 23-27 July 2014
photographic documentation courtesy of the artists and Charlie Faulkner (2014)
Northampton-based artists Joe Stogdale and Harriet Sutcliffe present GLAZED, a site-specific summer installation at NN Contemporary Project Space.
Our aim is to question whether it is the sculptor’s onus to dictate lighting.
We wish to challenge this accepted art-world notion of light as ’inspiration’.
We wish to place ourselves within a wider, more architectural context and present a critique regarding institutions and platforms for (and against) viewing sculpture - turning a sunlit loft space into an atmosphere of uncertainty and ongoing debate.
We are seeking to obscure the view from the Project Space through digital images, semi-abstracted and rendered onto transparent fabric surfaces (suspended by six frames covering the windows) to present an alternative curated view. In doing this, we're not necessarily ’harnessing’ the light, more hoping to emphasise its effect on sculpture as a negotiating presence. These photographic images have been taken directly from the historic fabric of the building housing NN Contemporary.
We love that visitors to this exhibition will have to climb to the top of a tall building in order to see it. This will breed a certain expectation in viewers unfamiliar to the building, who having made the (somewhat lengthy) trip to the top floor, will arrive naturally expecting a view. We hope to seize on this instinctive attraction to the windows.
Windows give a space its location in time and space, an inevitability which doesn't always acquiesce with the aims of most galleries; which present windowless, peaceful, chapel-esque sanctuaries closed off from the outdoors and its directions. The social realities of the everyday world on the other side of the gallery walls are seen as an unwelcome distraction incompatible with truly ’enjoying’ art. In GLAZED, the windows are hiding in plain view.
Integral to this project is that it is, in essence, an experiment. Dealing with sculptural intervention, will we actually enable anything ’else’ to be seen at all or will we end up merely blocking the windows normally used to view Northampton? We don't know! We are making no changes to the basic project space - above all we are dealing in terms of a basic uncertainty coming right down to the building itself.
Since graduating from the University of Leeds with a degree in Fine Art, Joe Stogdale has taken up a studio residency at NN Contemporary. Often incorporating found objects and mixed media, his work examines chance and transience in art.
Harriet Sutcliffe studied fine art at Newcastle University, and collaborated with the Hatton Gallery for her final year piece. Her work explores themes of history, archive and materiality.
We would like to say a very special thank you to our friend Charlie Faulkner for his time and ongoing technical support throughout this project.