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If not now, then when

Bristol
Ayling & Conroy
2008
'Responses: three approaches to one space' was a series of changing commissions in which three artists respond 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.

About the artists
Ayling & Conroy’s practice grew out of an interest in the context in which artwork is created and received, and the audience’s participation with the work, wherever it exists – both at the point of experiencing the work in the gallery or in its wider dissemination through discussion, documentation and other types of media.

Ayling & Conroy worked together between 2005-2010.

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.

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