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.
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.
March 1, 2019