Hothouse talk.A practice for everyday life.

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A practice for everyday life.  A studio of seven, set up 13 years ago.

The two ladies ,Kirsty and Emma, took us on a journey of there work when they first worked together on there MA. They knew they wanted to work with contemporary artists, one of there commissions was a paper based game showed in the Tate in 2004 called The Art Inspector for children to walk around a gallery and inspect works of art. Already they show how design isn’t simply making something look good but having a solid concept behind it, for the paper book game they had to invent the game themselves which needed a degree of knowledge of art history.  I liked this studio straight away because it was two women who collaborated to form the beginning of the studio, my close friend and colleague is someone who I wish to possibly collaborate with together.

The studio works on a lot of publications and books with other artists, commissions and collaborations. They made a book for and with artist Daniel Buren whose iconic style is an exactly measured stripe of colour.

Jermey deller-2013. All that is solid melts into air- exhibition/publication. The works concept speaks of industrial influence on popular culture. An example of the works they have done for other artists. They become very involved with exhibition design. Kirsty says how you have to work closely with the curator when doing exhibition design, looking at budget- if an exhibition is touring, you may not be able to print the same names and type for the other shows, therfore they had to carry these things over to the next show. They both said how they liked this challenge.

kirsty spoke of how they formed together as solely they didn’t think they were very employable because d how unrefined they felt there work and style were. The studio itself lends itself to working with other artists to build up their shows and publications, kind of like the ‘handy man’ for artists.

The work the studio made for feminist artist Linder was the best work is seen the studio work with, the work before hand was not very interestingness to me. For linder’s exhibition it was remarkable to hear how creative Emma and Kirsty had to be. The exhibition space itself was very large and when the budget was not high enough to build walls to spectate the works, they decided to use draping cotton fabric to meander around the show as make shift walls- which was relevant to the town the show was in being known for its industrial making of cotton. I didn’t realise how crafty one has to be to really use a space to its full potential and I find this studio to be incredibly clever.

 

 

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