Loop Arts Projects (2005-9)
Loop Arts Projects was formed by Kitty Stirling with the help of an Emerge Bursary in November 2005. It was an artist-led group that staged high quality arts events outside the traditional gallery structure. Loop's aim was to support and engage the community of Brent through the initiatives of Loop Arts Projects.
Loop Artists: John Blandy, Wendy Bond, Robert Budwig, Catherine Fenton, Rebecca Nassauer and Kitty Stirling.
Loop Arts Projects:
Being John Blandy, Queens Park Day September 2006
Loop presents a multimedia installation in the form of a white 3 x 3 metre cube, erected in the grounds of Queens Park, London, NW6. The cube is pierced with small peepholes set a different heights across its four sides, some at eye level, others accessible by ladder or at child's height. Inset on one side is a flat screen monitor showing the short film, 'Being John Blandy'.
Since 1997 Blandy has painted a lime tree in Queens Park from one viewpoint, resulting in approximately 1,700 pictures. He started the project as a test of skill to see how much he could find in the most ordinary, while keeping the work fresh and responsive to the moment. This obsessive involvement has won him local fame and the project sets out to give people the opportunity to become the artist by donning his hat, standing at his easel and trying their hand at drawing the tree. The observational drawing process becomes a collaboration of layered marks, growing into a single finished image of the lime tree. It is filmed by Lara Agnew and shown on a loop at the event. Inside the cube and only viewable through the peepholes are 3-d miniature tableaux of artist Rebecca Nassauer's extraordinary and bizarre wild life creatures, created from found objects and industrial materials.
Wild Life, Gladstone Park Festival, July 2007
With the second installation of the white cube in the grounds of the Stables Art Gallery in Willesden, London, the journey between each event takes on significance, as does the idea and function of the Park. Loop begins to plot the particular route the cube is making, and sets off through the streets that connect Queen's Park to Gladstone Prak. The subsequent photographs taken of shop fronts along the Willesden High Road, the road that links the two, form the start of the project High Road, which is viewed as a slideshow on a flat screen monitor inset on one side of the cube. Each artist member chooses a shop front as a starting point to piece together fragments of the area's history and evolution. A series of miniature tableaux sculptures are created which are then inset behind the walls of the cube and made visible through the peepholes. In the centre of the cube and again viewable only through selected peepholes, can be seen a 2 metre high bird sculpture by Rebecca Nassauer. Across the roof, red and white industrial tubing hands down from different points to create an illusion of an imagined forest.
High Road, Queen's Park Festival, September 2007
As the journey of the cube returns to Queen's Park, Loop presents High Road as a series of theatrical openings shown on one side of the cube. Two interactive projects are created on the remaining sides of the cube in which the public are invited to plot their individual journeys from the street where they live, to Queen's Park, using large scale maps of north west London and Greater London that cover the 3 x 3 metre cube. During the course of the day a network of coloured string following each individuals journey through London expands across the face of the cube, congregating at Queen's Park, creating a large scale demographic of the event. Also featured is a drawing workshop at which the public are asked to draw something they may have encountered on their journey to the park that day.
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