Re- Reanimate, Repair, Meld & Mend

This small selling exhibition, one of a series of curated shows at the Bluecoat, will feature the work of artists who are concerned with the re-use and reanimation of existent (often devalued or discarded) cultural material.

Confirmed artists include Michael Brennand-Wood, Neil Brownsword, David Clarke, Robert Dawson, Bouke de Vries, Steve Dixon, Amy Douglas, Jenni Dutton, Matthew Harris, Bridget Harvey, Charlotte Hodes, Gitte Jungersen, Carol McNicoll, Livia Marin, Irene Nordli, Caroline Slotte, Linda Sormin, Hans Stofer & Jacy Wall. The exhibition is curated by Paul Scott.

CCW PhD student Bridget Harvey will be showing Blue Necklace, made from 800 hand cut, coloured and polished beads made from reclaimed (or, in the terminology of the show, re-animated) maple wood. In keeping with this theme, all the exhibitors are working with discarded or pre-used cultural materials. Harvey’s doctoral research is focused on the practice of repairing and mending. Her research aims to define repair as a bridge between creativity and practicality, as crossing boundaries and as a methodology with which to actively explore sustainability, identity and community. Exploring the multidimensional area of repair through (re)making, investigating materials, joining methods and object narratives, she is making and collecting a series of objects, techniques and experiences as part of her AHRC funded PhD studies. Rooted in ideas of design activism, environmentally and socially conscious and iterative, she aims to investigate the potential for visible repair as part of an expanded studio practice. As a practice based researcher, Harvey also continues the redefining of assumed aesthetics of the recycled and examining the impact of personal actions in the greater scheme of sustainability.

Re- Reanimate, Repair, Meld & Mend is showing at Bluecoat Display Centre from 10 October – 14 November 2015.

Top image: Bridget Harvey, Blue Necklace, maple wood, nylon, 2012

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