Safe-keeping (Custodia) has been installed as part of this exhibition:
'L’opera: Safe-keeping (Custodia) è un’installazione in cui l’artista intreccia quattro videosequenze che esplorano il potenziale affettivo di fagotti contenenti gli effetti personali dei pazienti psichiatrici dell’ex ospedale Santa Maria della Pietà di Roma. Lavorando su delle riproduzioni, attraverso interventi performativi, embodied actions, l’artista restituisce l’intensità e la ripetitività dell’interazione con i fagotti, sottolineata dalla circolarità di ogni video'
Safe-keeping (Custodia), installation by Sarah Bennett
at the Museo Laboratorio della Mente al Parco Ssnt'Osvaldo, Udine, L'Arte non Mente, Italy
publication: Capacity does not explain but cultivates a September garden
We Are Publication (2022):
Modes of collage have been a central preoccupation for the artists group We Are Publication (WAP). In 2020, its participants set out to cultivate an artwork ‘grown’ from several discreet constituents. To that end, WAP drew on contemporary American poet Rosemarie Waldrop’s recent appellation ‘gap gardening’ to suggest that the placement of words (and plants) generates intermedial zones of transformation and potential.
Initially, visual and textual ‘seedlings’ were ‘planted’ in the form of a custom-produced newspaper sent to WAP’s participants during a period of national lockdown. Repeated physical engagement with this newsprint composite gave rise to the ‘September Garden’, a nascent domain that, in its first season, took the form of ‘plots’ comprising collages and textual assemblages. This productive terrain was then replanted, cut back, and otherwise tended to, before being presented online in its second season as the moving-image work Placement does not explain, but cultivates a September garden.
For the Whitstable Biennale 2022, WAP’s experiment in jointly conducted research / speculative publishing returns to its newsprint origins as a new paper edition that includes additional material drawn from WAP’s extended network.
We Are Publication:
Jenna Collins (edit and layout)
Bill Balaskas Sarah Bennett
Institute for Arborphilia, Animals and Aesthetics /
Eva-Retzdorff-Garten (Antonia Ulrich and Ingo Voigt)
Maureen de Jager
Hodan Omar Elmi
Mónica Rivas Velásquez
Mark Aerial Waller
Supplement edit: Christian Newby
Supplement layout: Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau
This event takes the current Collection exhibition Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre as a starting point for a wider discussion on artists working with and in archives. A catalyst for discussion centred around a presentation by Sue Breakell, Archive Director at the University of Brighton Design Archives, based on her essay titled ‘I am a part of all that I have met’: Dressing and Metamorphosis in the archive in the recently published book that accompanies the Bummock exhibition.
Sarah Bennett, Andrew Bracey and Danica Maier have spent the last four years on a residency at the Tennyson Research Centre in Lincoln. The project focuses on the unseen or lesser-known parts of the archive (i.e. the ‘bummock’) such as content concerning his wider family, as catalysts for the creation of new artworks.
Three large works were originally shown as temporary public artworks on banners on the Ridges & Furrows heritage trail in the village of Waddington in 2019. These are shown in the gallery, alongside new artworks and vitrine displays that give insight into the working processes of each of the artists.
Further artworks and the archival objects from the Tennyson Research Centre will be shown at The Collection Museum, Lincoln from the 8th January – 20th February 2022.
The words and ideas in Green Moss emerged as I was running my regular 5 kilometres during the early days of the pandemic in 2020. The work was made in response to an invitation to contribute to Clouds and Tracks: 'an audio project that seeks to collate sound works to reflect the strange and unsettling times we’re living through', curated by Volker Eichelmann and John Hughes, Kingston School of Art.
Green Moss was broadcast as part of Clouds and Tracks collation of sound works, by Radiophrenia on 14th November 2020.
For more information and to hear this work, visit the Green Moss page.
Bane (2020) is a new work made for Open-Up - a series of outdoor works for Hestercombe commissioned by Art Director Tim Martin as we emerge from lockdown, during the Covid-19 pandemic that 'reflect on these unprecedented times'.
Bane features pathogenic designations - be they fungal, bacterial, viral or parasitic - punched onto copper plant tags and placed throughout the three historic gardens, and devised through conversations with Head Gardener: Claire Greenslade.
Copper’s significance lies in its antimicrobial properties and potential applications - copper infused masks, and copper alloys being used in medical settings.
Artists featured in Open-Up are Richard Long, Sarah Bennett, Megan Calver with Gabriella Hoad, Jon England, Jo Lathwood, Philippa Lawrence and Lucy Soni.
The (NotSo) Short Fest is a 5-hour collection of video shorts created by Transart Institute’s MFA students, faculty and advisors from around the globe.
Conceived, compiled, and curated by Jean Marie Casbarian (faculty + advisor), the festival celebrates the creative
minds of these international artists over the span of 16 years since the inception of this unique, international low-residency MFA and PHD program.
Safe-keeping (custodia), (2014) by Sarah Bennett
is being shown as part of Chapter 1
Over 40 contemporary artists have made new artworks in response to a postcard version of Velázquez’s masterpiece, Las Meninas for an exhibition at Oceans Apart in Salford. ‘Enough is Definitely Enough’ which opens on 7th March and runs to 3rd April, features a huge variety of artistic responses to the Spanish painter’s masterpiece - arguably the most widely interpreted of all paintings.
The exhibition is curated by Andrew Bracey and forms part of his PhD research at the University of Lincoln. He is exploring how contemporary artists have used and appropriated existing paintings by other artists, through a position of using the metaphor of the parasite and symbiosis in connection with painting.
Euripides Altintzoglou, Tristram M Aver, Maggie Ayliffe, Sarah Bennett, Juan Bolivar, Andrew Bracey, Louise Bristow, Kate Buckley and Nick Simpson, Louisa Chambers, Fiona Curran, Gordon Dalton, Karen David, Annabel Dover, Steve Dutton, Leo Fitzmaurice, Rebecca Fortnum, Rachel Goodyear, Simón Granell, Tom Hackney, Sharon Hall, Lesley Halliwell, Simon Harris, Sarah R Key, Ilona Kiss, Geoff Diego Litherland, Cathy Lomax, Rachel Lumsden, Danica Maier, David Manley, Enzo Marra, Andy Pepper, Yelena Popova, James Quinn, Daniel Rapley, Lucy Renton, John Rimmer, John M Robinson, David Ryan, Stephen Snoddy, Soheila Sokhanvari, Annabel Tilley, Alun Williams, Gerard Williams
While Velázquez’s Las Meninas has attracted extensive scrutiny and analysis,
my own scrutiny of the reproduction of the masterpiece
(on the postcard Andrew sent me) involved:
multiple magnifying devices;
a digital photograph transferred to 35mm slide;
and a hand held viewfinder -Sarah Bennett
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H O L D
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H O L D is an exhibition by the artists’ group We Are Publication (WAP) and consists of posters, a soundscape, a hand-woven carpet, and a series of live events all set within an expansive sculptural display structure occupying the gallery space.
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H O L D features contributions from Sadegh Aleahmad, Jonathan Allen, Holly Antrum, Bill Balaskas, Sarah Bennett, George Charman, Rachel Cattle, Jenna Collins, Ilsa Colsell, Craig Cooper, Edward Dorrian, Volker Eichelmann, Abbe Fletcher, Adam Gillam, Keira Greene, Melissa Gordon, Bruce Haines, Felicity Hammond, Mark Harris, Ayano Hattori, John Hughes, James Irwin, Maureen de Jager, Gareth Jones, Simon Josebury, Marianne Keating, Dean Kenning, Lau Chak Kwong, John Lawrence, Bill Leslie, Anna Lucas, Stine Ljungdalh, Katy Macleod, Rachel Mader, Russell Miller, Christian Newby, Louis Nixon, Rupert Norfolk, Tom O’Dea, Alex Pollard, Elizabeth Price, Mónica Rivas Velásquez, Joey Ryken, Daniel Shanken, Andrea Stokes, Stephen Sutcliffe, Charlotte Warne Thomas, Andy Tam, Erika Tan, Maryam Tafakory, Mandy Ure, Sebastian Utzni, Roman Vasseur, Mark Aerial Waller, Steven Warwick and Matt William.
Details of 'Bummock: Tennyson' - a show of three (temporary) public artworks by Sarah Bennett, Andrew Bracey and Danica Maier