Gifted Project

 

As an artist I've always been interested in the durability and cross pollination of stories, and the relationship between real and imagined times, people and places. I attempt to place my work at a crossover between classical mythology - the stories that have endured for millennia - and contemporary experience, which continuously adds its own chapter to the legacy of storytelling.

 

My most recent Art's Council Funded project, 'Gifted’, now in the second phase of its development, is a participatory sculptural and light installation to be shown at The Royal Liver Building, during Liverpool Contemporary Art Fair. The piece will take the form of a Carousel Horse, a subject that I return to for its figurative significance of representing life's formative ups and downs, and a metaphorical pleasure journey to 'nowhere'.

 

During the previous phase of the Art's council funded project, I successfully achieved the aims of scaling up my sculptural work, making new experimental pieces, incorporating digital media and exceeding the projected outcomes for both participation and audience development.

Light projection allows imagery to be shown in rotational format, onto the surface of architectural or sculptural pieces. As well as photographic, drawn and written material uploaded in the light 'mapping' computer program, which would be projected onto the piece, it is possible to collect data through a platform for live uploads. This will allow members of the general public to upload imagery to the piece from anywhere in the world/ the imagery can be worked into the animations, films or be still imagery. The software will automatically disseminate uploaded imagery into exciting formations, much as kaleidoscope does.

 

Working in conjunction with QUAD in Derby and established light artist Rupert Newman, I plain to engage a cross section of the general public in a series of 19 workshop sessions. Utilising projectors and light mapping software, I plan to illuminate the surface of the sculpture with written and illustrative material, produced with workshop participants. Two interns from Derby University will received artistic training and experience to support the technical and participator aspects of the project.

 

The seed for the idea came from an exhibition I completed in Portugal and Brighton entitled, 'Where it Stops' which visually illustrated, using photographic transfers on the surface of a Carousel Horses, my experiences of growing up in a, now demolished council estate. The personal emotional response of visitors to that exhibition provided the inspiration to scale up the work, and involve participatory elements, through illustrating narratives onto the surface of further, large scale Carousel Horses. As a permanent public work of art, the format for the piece would mean that during the day, the sculpture, which would be constructed from high durable resins, and jesmonite plaster, can be admitted for the texture of its surfaces, which would be made using antique lace, referring the ornate garments worn by promenading ladies (and gentlemen!)

By night, it will illuminated with the digital imagery stored and collected in the mapping software and light projector.

 

APRIL YOUNG

The Anvil

18 Sadler Gate

DERBY

DE1 3NH