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    If Not Now, Then When, 2009

    Exhibition
    Independent

    I devised ‘Responses: three approaches to one space’ as a series of changing commissions in which three artists responded consecutively to the dimensions of the Spike Island Project Space. The artists involved were: Tod Hanson, Ayling & Conroy and John Harper.

    During the course of the exhibition the Project Space altered three times – the viewer was either greeted with a show by one of the three artists or the space in a state of flux. The sequential nature of the project set out to reveal the processes that an artist goes through in order to make a piece of work, which in turn made the curatorial act more transparent. A Research Space containing reference material collected by the artists developed and evolved alongside a series of public events.

    If not now, then when?

    Ayling & Conroy presented their newly commissioned installation, ‘If not now, then when?’ which comprised a commissioned text, and a disparate selection of new and re-presented artworks in their buoyant and optimistic style.

    Ayling & Conroy worked together between 2005-2010. Bruce Ayling now Bruce Asbestos is an independent artist and Hannah Conroy is a curator.

    Responses: three approaches to one space was made possible through support and funding from the Spike Island Associates Programme and was the outcome of a years Curatorial Internship.

    www.aylingandconroy.net
    www.bruceasbestos.info
    www.rca.ac.uk/students/hannah-conroy
    www.spikeisland.org.uk

    If not now, then when, 2008, Ayling & Conroy, part of Responses: three . . . , produced by Katie Daley-Yates. Photo: Gavin Stuart.
    If not now, then when, 2008, Ayling & Conroy, part of Responses: three . . . , produced by Katie Daley-Yates. Photo: Gavin Stuart.
    If not now, then when, 2008, Ayling & Conroy, part of Responses: three . . . , produced by Katie Daley-Yates. Photo: Gavin Stuart.
    Research Space, part of Responses: three . . . , produced by Katie Daley-Yates. Photo: Gavin Stuart. Photo: Gavin Stuart.

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