This article, titled ‘The Archive and the Museum: framing contemporary art practice’ was published in Engage Journal 31: The Past in the Present in December 2012.
It examines the ways in which artists use appropriated curatorial devices to examine the relationship between past and present.
The archive and museum have been the subjects of artistic exploration in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, from Claus Oldenburg’s Mouse Museum (1965 – 77) to Grayson Perry’s recent exhibition Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman (2011). Museum practices are exploited and subverted not only to challenge the institution, but to also create the effect of a mimesis, whereby the contemporary mimics the apparatuses of display, which in turn bestows some of the aura of the historical artefact upon the artwork. In this article I examine the ways in which the creative appropriation of museological and curatorial tools, such as labels, vitrines, plinths and archival modes of presentation, sets up a relationship between the past and the present.
Engage Journal is the international journal of visual art and gallery education. Each edition of this twice-yearly publication focuses on a separate theme to form a definitive collection of work on all aspects of visual art and gallery education. The article is available here.
The Young Masters Art Prize 2012 – Part 2
Gallery 27, Cork Street, London
19th November – 24th November, 2012
Artists: Christina Benz | Mia Brownell | Karina Chechik | Christopher Coppers | Lottie Davies | Naia del Castillo | Georgia Dodson | Nina Fowler | Karim Hamid | Debbie Han | Jane Hoodless | Beth Katleman | Charles Moxon | Jeff Muhs | Fabiano Parisi | Claire Partington | Wieland Payer | Ethan Pollock | Derrick Santini | Su-Ran Sichling | Kiril Ass + Anna Ratafyeva | Christoph Steinmeyer | Adrian Sykes | Sandy Volz | Brad Woodfin | Masaki Yada | Ali Assaf | Lluis Barba | Yinka Shonibare, MBE
The Young Masters Art Prize 2012 – Part 2 featured the 26 shortlisted artists and three Guest Artists; Ali Assaf, Lluis Barba and Yinka Shonibare, MBE. The Prize is awarded to an artist who shows skill, invention and innovation in relation to art history and the work of the Old Masters. The Prize was awarded to photographer Lottie Davies, with additional runners-up prizes awarded to Mia Brownell, Wieland Payer, Brad Woodfin and Georgia Dodson.
Find out more about the Young Masters Art Prize initiative here.
Red Gate Gallery, London
29th October – 4th November 2010
Artists: Nicola Anthony | Denise Hickey | Evelin Kasikov | Daisy McMullan | Laura Traver | Alana Tyson
Ornamental brought together the work of six female artists working around themes of decoration, pattern and repetition. The exhibition aimed to challenge traditional perceptions of the decorative in a fine art context and open up a wider discourse about gender, politics and the validity of decoration in the broader schema of contemporary art today. The artists’ works were not defined or constrained within traditional media and included diverse processes such as stitching, sewing, embroidery, cutting, collage, folding and draping.