Slee, Richard (2003) Night Garage. [Art/Design Item]
|Type of Research:||Art/Design Item|
‘Night Garage’ was the final point of two-months as artist-in-residence at Monash University. It consisted of an installation of a light bulb, toolbox, mechanic ‘snake’ and ‘pools’ of oil [‘trompe’ oil’!], all made in ceramic with high gloss earthenware glaze.
The premise of the show was to exhibit work by selected ceramicists, which was highly crafted but questioned traditional craft values, ways of working and display conventions.
‘Light bulb’ signified the white, coldness of fired ceramic, emphasising its industrial characteristic, in contrast to the pools of oil, which were shiny and reflective, free-form shapes. Ceramic objects are traditionally exhibited on plinths, or in vitrines, and spot lit. By exhibiting work that hung by electric cord, or lying on a bare concrete floor, the installation critiqued these conventions. Moreover, the ‘garage’ as a site of men’s hobby/labour, was a pun on the ‘potting shed’, and preciousness of the craft workshop. Subsequent work exhibited at ‘Voodoo Shit’, Hales Gallery, London (2004) also challenged the conventions of precious pottery figurines with ‘Dickheads’. I have continued this vein of thought in the forthcoming ‘Cult Fiction’, Hayward Gallery touring, opening 4 May, 2007, New Art Gallery Walsall, and touring (to 2008).
University supported research has led to the creation of important collections which represent more ‘difficult’ work. ‘Hypercrafting’ corresponds, therefore, to other group exhibitions/collections that have exhibited my work:
I curated ‘Sleepers’ (Royal Cornwall Museum, 2002), part of the Ceramica Festival, to show work that challenged the conventional view of the modernist paradigm in art ceramics which relies on expressive abstraction. ‘Sleepers’ demonstrated the eclectic range of work beyond this static paradigm.
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Slee started teaching at Camberwell College of Art in 1990, and was awarded professorship in 1992.
He completed a major commission for Sculpture at Goodwood in 2000, and in the following year was awarded The Jerwood Applied Arts Prize for his contribution to contemporary Ceramics. In 2002, he curated the exhibition 'Sleepers' at The Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, as part of the Ceramica International Festival. He has recently received an Arts Council Individual Artist Award to further his practice (2006).
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts|
|Date:||3 April 2003|
|Copyright Holders:||Slee, Richard|
|Related Websites:||http://www.richardslee.com, http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/visual-arts/hayward-touring/future/cult-fiction, http://www.bmgallery.co.uk, http://www.sculpture.org.uk/biography/RichardSlee, http://www.photostore.org.uk/seCVPG.aspx?MID=680&TYPE=MAKER&CAT=MAKER, http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/forms/british-gg.pdf.|
|Date Deposited:||07 Dec 2009 12:23|
|Last Modified:||04 Sep 2015 19:38|
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