Jane Graham 11 – 15 Feb

 “Art is Creating a Silence”

Art is about how to design your silence.

Exhibition times:  Monday 11th – Friday 15th February,

The gallery will be open Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 .30 pm

Wednesday 13th Feb 6.30 pm and Friday 15th February 10am Jane will be giving an introduction to her exhibition and related thought processes.

Gold coin donation.     All welcome!

A look at the process of an art idea and the final result.Jane-Graham

 Using Facebook, I began working on an art idea that would incorporate “friends”, visuals and writing in the interpretation of “Life is a Performance”.

My audience would comprise the first twenty “friends” to sign up.

Having established this audience, twenty photographs, chosen at random from photo albums put together throughout my life, were posted on Facebook, two every fortnight for ten weeks.  The audience could comment on them if they so wished.  It was on the whole a silent audience.

Looking at these photographs every week, I began to see that they all in one way or another had “theatrical scenery and backdrops” (actual scenes, landscapes, and paintings, weavings, decorations in peoples homes) and “actors” (people and animals).

Because there seemed to be no “props” in the photographs, I decided to collect found objects during the ten weeks.  I also noted items and incidents of interest to me during the same ten week period;  photographs, news items, quotes that I enjoyed, sounds and happenings around me.

At the end of the ten weeks I informed my friends-audience that I was closing my Facebook page and that they had been part of the early stages of an artwork to be finalized early in 2013.  They were to be informed of future developments.

I had not considered the future of the project at this stage.  It seemed to me now that the obvious way to go from here would be to create a performance piece.  For example, the visitors to the gallery could become the audience.  Some of the Facebook audience, who lived in countries around the world, seemed to be dancers, musicians and painters among other things.  Perhaps they could come to the event and be the performers.  If not, then the visitors to the gallery could be the audience and sit on chairs in the gallery, surrounded by the found object props.  The chairs could be name-tagged with the Facebook audience’s names.  They could listen to continuous playing sounds I had heard and watch slideshows of the original twenty photographs.  A hundred different ideas came to mind, and were tossed out one by one.

It all seemed too contrived.  I was stuck.  I wanted something simpler.

I went to India with a tour group for twenty days.  I asked a member of the group to take twenty Indian photographs for me to get some new ideas flowing.  Also we started to collect some more found objects and noted what was going on around us.  This still didn’t lead to any clear idea of what to do next.

However, once I got home I realized exactly what had to be done. Everything that had happened to date was a process, a big, bustling activity to be pasted on a wall somewhere for everyone to look at and follow through from beginning to end.  So the final presentation would be mostly an exhibition of this process, the visual activity, written material, quotes, letters, news clips; a wall of everything that had come before.

To complete the work it was necessary that the noise of the coming together of all this activity be contrasted with a stillness; a quietness, a silence.  The found objects were taken aside and two small sculptures built to be exhibited in a quiet, empty, separate space, the final product of eight months’ work.