Site Specific Spaces:
Our original space (2nd Floor, 9 Marion St) gave us inspiration to create pieces that fit the space nicely. This space is a small, centrally located (CBD, retail/cafe precinct) artists studio. There was a bay window which allowed lots of natural light into the room. There was also the potential to explore the role of the ‘studio space’ in art and design practice, and play with the ‘open studio’ pop up retail model.
After reflection on Rachel Rakena's and Simon Morris' lectures about site-specific art and installations that spoke to the gallery layout, we thought about creating out works based around the dimensions of the space. Simon Morris talked about referencing the space in the artworks which was something we found would be important to compliment the architecture of the studio. We talked about creating work that would fit nicely into the main area of the space as well as in the 'glory spot'- the bay window.
The location of this studio meant that we would gather an audience of many demographics - our friends, those interested in conceptual retail spaces and members of the public outside of our social circles that facilitate the area.
However, after this space fell through, we were left unsure the of where the new space would be and what size it was. Under time pressures and not knowing where we would be exhibiting at the time we were to start the making process, we decided that creating work that was modular would allow us more flexibility. The work was a modification of our initial ideas for the Marion St works, but the modularity allowed it to situate in various spaces.
The new Egmont St location was just around the corner and drew a similar crowd of people through. The dimensions of the space were still limited which allowed us to focus on one stand out frame piece with a few more works to display, and we still had plenty of natural light to work with. Although we lost the dialogue around the ‘studio’ space, we ended up closer to our original concept of using a retail adjacent space. It was cleaner, and on street level, with the capacity to engage with ‘walk-ins’, though egmont st does have relatively limited foot traffic.
If we had more time, a site-specific space could have been a huge benefit to us. We could have thoroughly explored the floor plan and how our works could work in that area. There would be the opportunity to thoroughly experiment the limitations and offerings of a space and how our work could speak to and alongside it. A more permanent space would have allowed us to be more ‘heavy handed’ in our installation - affixing things to the floor, ceiling, and more exploratively on the walls.
Group Members: Alex Whitfield, Breah Lucas, Emma Cornall, Eugie Boyd, Miriam Hinder, Taylor Groves
Initial thoughts: Exhibition from a group of design students. Bringing fashion, textile and industrial design into an exhibition context. Want to focus on good design: form, materials. Collaborations between our own works to show and making/designing new things
Interested in how works are displayed in retail spaces and how fabrics can be shown as artworks
Opening 10th October- 12th of October
Installation Title: Small Office (Home office)
Wednesday set up
UG: Afternoon preferable
Miri: All day but afternoon preferable
Taylor: All Day Wednesday
Breah: Most of the day
Gallery Sit In Times:
Scrapped - opened thursday evening instead.
UG small Manual Nissan
Breah lil toyota guy or maybe medium size subaru guy
Food: $30 budget
5 Bottles of Red Wine
5 Bottles of White Wine
Platters- UG (potentially ENA)
Cutlery/knives etc. -UG (Can drop of Wednesday)
Wine Glasses/Beer Glasses/One Glass - Tay asking mossman + supreme +.... Supreme came thru.
POSTER IDEAS: (Taylor and Breah)
Event Launch once posters are made.
Flowers - UG @ manuela discount? - 1 or both of Alex’s Vases?
Breah can ask Bri/ collect flowers from Bri’s place.. Heaps of good shit there
UG has monstera, plus 2x Lillies no flowers, Antherium w no flowers - scrapped - too busy.
POSTER X20 big $50 small
Print from UGS Laptop: 7285 code on lock
Goals and Purposes
Tay: approx how many works/objects might we expect? What form might these works take (in vague sense)
UG: Keen to work collaboratively on fewer refined/ well made pieces- emphemira to add to exhibition?
Working Title/s; Group Title?
Concept, ideas to explore, reference points?
Tay: Been marinating a bit - would be cool to find some exhibitions/writers/artists who articulate this position well but - I feel like as we all are in the design schools as opposed to art school, I would personally feel more confident presenting a ‘design exhibition’, but push against/hard on any notion of design? Like needn’t be commercially viable/useful necessary... but heading that way from design perspective rather than art that looks / feels ‘designed’... anyway I’m waffling interested if anyone agree/disagree?
Weird display riffing on retail but more bold/styled/experimental, not a pop-up shop. Coherence through collaboration -
Context - Looking for similar shows or artists working on similar things - experimental retail spaces. Important to look for a local precedent.
Our work, working collaboratively within areas of fashion, textiles and object design to function within an explorative retail space.
How should we be organised
Try and meet once a week or more, bring something fun to play with to every meeting - material, drawing, idea etc
Site/Space : What aspects are we looking for? Should we speculate about what kind of space want or respond to the space we find?
Tay: Interested in natural light, and potentially an outdoor aspect? Dunno tho. I’ll contact Olivia RE: ex enjoy space
City, natural light, public access, can be a little DIY (put things in walls etc), one room of approp’ size to full it nicely with a few pieces, available for a few days during the day
Talk to Bridget from Prefab !
Budget/Resources - how much are people willing to spend etc? What resources do we have access to that are free/cheap/abundant etc? Prob important to think about if things are made together, understanding who will take the work after the show is over
UG: Im in for a weekly contribution but depends if anyone is stretched a bit thin. Also have spare bank acc if we need haha
Communication Channels - this drive document? Are.na? FB? Instagram group chat?
Audience: who/how etc?
Tay: I am interested in broad audiences, different age groups etc but thats kinda GOALS might not be realistic - invite closest by primary school/kindergarten etc - kids looking at art is kinda sick imo
Communication - social media, poster, FB event, other? People we might wanna work for? Like cool retail/art/design people etc,
UG: Could work on a general platform facebook etc but also look at interesting fun NZ publication (like LOANDBEHOLD etc) to draw in interest from extended art fashion scene. Specific Industry specific invites too?
Ephemera - objects for sale... book/publication
Framed Fabric/Garments Mounted in Glass
Huge Coat Hanger to hang up sheets/fabrics
Things to bump out quick if poss’? When Suits to meet?
Tay: I am free & on campus pre’ much everyday all day, just studio on friday arvo and monday arvo
UG: same same
Show Dates: Sept. 23–Oct. 11
Tay: Probably by the sounds of it - not j a one night event? Open for a few days? I’d be keen/happy to gallery sit a day in a space
USE THE CLASS TIMELINE TO STRUCTURE THE HAND IN -
GIVE THE BIG MOMENTS WEIGHT/SIGNIFICANCE
TIE THE REFLECTIONS TO THE PROJECT
CRITICAL REFLECTION -
WHERE DO I RETRIEVE THE KEY INFORMATION/IDEAS
Moving between key ideas of subvert, play, reference....
Use a single voice - and be aware of those implications
Engaging, exciting - think of the reader - find something good and copy it
DRAFT SOMETHING throw it out - get feedback -
Simple - practical - how it was made, how it came together - etc
If it’s a takeaway thing - a bit longer
If it’s to read in the space - 300 words is plenty - possibly use a nice quote -
Figure it out through writing and through language -
CONVERSATION WITH ANDREW ABOUT HIS SPACE
SPEND SOME TIME TOGETHER COMING TO TERMS WITH WHAT THE WORK HAS BECOME - REFLECT ON IT - BEFORE IT OPENS
SO WE ARE ON THE SAME PAGE WHEN WE TALK ABOUT IT
HAVE SOME DIALOGUES DEVELOPED BEFORE IT OPENS
WHAT YOU LEAVE IN THAT SPACE WE WILL SEE AS YOUR INTENTION
A difference between a turn and a curve - bends not curves
Aspirational retail aesthetic
SMALL OFFICE (home office) presents new work by Emma Cornall, UG Boyd, Miriam Hinder, Breah Lucas, Alex Whitfield & Taylor Groves. The works are explorative design outcomes, expanded practices from ‘viable’ commercial disciplines. Moving fluidly between collaborative, experimental, and and resolved ‘ready-to-wear’, the work was pieces. What follows is an iteration, developed through ongoing conversations about shared motivations & distinct perspectives.
Located in the SoHo Apartment Building, adjacent to Ghuznee St, ‘SOHO’ is where these works have their sights set. The title SMALL OFFICE (home office) is borrowed from JianWai SOHO (Beijing SOHO), a contemporary mixed use development that includes apartments, upmarket retail, dining, and corporate office. JianWai SOHO is in turn named after both Soho, London and SoHo (‘South of Houston’), Manhattan. SOHO is both in dialogue with local design, fashion & retail cultures, while aspiring to international touchstones.
list of works:
Alex Whitfield, designed in collaboration with SOHO group
Screen Printed Sack
Breah Lucas, Emma Cornall, paint by Alex Whitfield, photograph by Tom Britt
UG Boyd, Emma Cornall
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