‘Blue Bowl, Yellow Shirt, Blue Hat’ (2019) and ‘Purple Balloon, Yellow Shirt, Red Hat’ (2019), two gifs made with photographs taken during my residency at Arteles Creative Centre, Finland in 2018, are showing as part of Documents, at Gallery DODO, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton. The exhibition brings together a selection of works for camera, made in the studio or elsewhere documenting an action for camera. The show runs from Friday March 17th to March 30th 2023. The opening screening will be at Phoenix Art Space (home of Gallery DODO), 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton, on Friday 17th March at 7pm in the Project Space.
Aled Simons and Mark Leahy, ‘Scavenged Home’, (2021), digital animation with audio, 2’ 30”
Sticking bits of things together for now: we began with a conversation, talked about collecting, stickers, taxonomy, and about making work, and the things that get in the way of making work – we also talked about Artex covered ceilings and finding a “studio” or somewhere to make stuff; subsequent exchanges included some mail-art collages sent from Dublin to Swansea, and discussion of grottoes, skins, Stonehenge, Welshness (sort of) and Irishness (a bit) and somewhere in there a sense of the legacy of colonialism … these things have fed into a short animation that curls together hermit crabs, National Trust properties, appropriation and occupation, language, accidental layering and a relationship of belonging and memory;
Over recent months I have been part of the Exchange project, which has involved 60 artists from 6 artist-led groups across England. 10 members of CAMP (Contemporary Art Membership Plymouth) were each paired with a partner from another organisation, and I have been working with Aled Simons of g39 in Cardiff. The project comes to a close on 30th July with The Summit – a sharing of some outcomes and a conversation about the sharing / collaboration / exchange process.
with good wishes for the winter solstice, for Jul, for Christmas, for turning of the calendar … and wishing everyone the best for 2020!