A new experimental exhibition is coming to Blackpool Council’s FYCreatives building showcasing a very different kind of artwork.
The Roadside Museum – which launches on 12 September – is an experimental project by artists Gordon Culshaw and John O’Hare examining the feasibility and desirability of fast forwarding the ageing process of artists' work through biological and chemical decay.
A total of 13 artists were selected to bury their work on a farm in the north-west of England.
Artworks were buried unprotected in a field at a depth of six feet.
The site was chosen due to its location in a high water table with acidic soil which, it was hoped, would accelerate the degradation process.
Then, 12 months later, the site was excavated.
Artworks were unearthed and, over the summer, the artists were given the time to develop an appropriate way to present their work.
This exhibition provides the first chance to see the resulting work and runs from 15 September to 15 October with a special preview taking place on 12 September.
The project, the creators say, provides the opportunity for a range of media to be considered in relation to the progression of time and decomposition, whilst providing unique documentation of the West Lancashire region.
It has been conceived as an experimental ‘art’ residency due to the predicted physical transformation of the objects which reside on the farm for 12 months and how the artists and viewers engage with and respond to this change.
Cllr Christine Wright, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for heritage and culture, said: “This exhibition really is a living experiment and I’m fascinated to see what the artworks will look like.
“It will also be interesting to see if they change over the life of the exhibition.
“This should be a really challenging exhibit and one which I hope people will really enjoy.”
The 13 artists are: Sarah Carne, Graham Dunning, Barbara Ekström, Stig Evans, Veronika Lukasova, Fred Martin, Samira Shafiei Nejad, Riitta Oittinen, Raksha Patel, Topp and Dubio, Peter Trukenbrod, Alana Tyson, and Chris Wood.
For further information about the project please visit http://roadsidemuseum.blogspot.co.uk/
For information about the venue and their work please visit www.vennprojects.com
Posted on Wednesday 10th September 2014