PITT projects & Division of Labour present..
Est. 1690 #2
Victor Burgin, David Blamey, Chris Hodson & Nicole Mortiboys, Jeremy Hutchison.
On the Thursday 18th September 2014 every household in the city limits of Worcester UK received an edition artwork 1 of 41000 from Victor Burgin, David Blamey, Chris Hodson & Nicole Mortiboys, Jeremy Hutchison. The exclusive arts edition is the first in an annual presentation entitled Est. 1690. The lead artist Victor Burgin along with established and new artists have been have been specially commissioned to respond to the oldest newspaper in the world.
The printed press industry is in a fragile state. Local, regional, national and international papers are folding under the strain of news on demand and the network of Internet based news, rolling news channels and social media deliver the news faster than print can follow. Homogenisation, monopoly and cartels, news groups and consolidation of the printed press networks is rife. Increasingly the independence of local news is under threat.
Victor Burgin. Untiltled (Est.1690#2 2014)
Victor Burgin presents two texts that he has merged into one; a collision of Adolfo Bioy Casares' novel The Invention of Morel (1940) and the fifth chapter of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's book Les Réveries du Promeneur Solitaire (first published 1782) Chosen by the artist as in someway they seem suitable for our time.
David Blamey, O.K (2008) O.K sound work (2014)
As a visual artist, David Blamey has a knack for finding patterns of formalism in everyday life that, when augmented through acts of repetition or prolonged attention, break down and unravel in interesting ways. At the critical point of collapse within this method there exists an opportunity for subjects to transcend themselves: to be elevated from their material constraints into a higher realm of possibility.
This new sound piece (link above) evolved from an ink drawing made in India that simply states: “O.K.” The banality of the word would seem to offer little in the way of musical promise, yet when repeated over time our awareness becomes drawn to subtle inflections within its minimal neutrality. In due course any meaning that the word may have once held is lost and something else transpires. With references to club culture, meditation tapes and conceptual art, this project serves as a droll mantra for uncertain times.
YeeHaw (2014) by Chris Hodson asks the audience to participate and join the dots. Fill in the blanks, follow the numbers. Participate. This artwork is wry comment on what Hodson believes, in that public artworks have perhaps become overly simplistic and pander to an audiences’ need, or desire, for guidance.
Order JEK.. (2013)
Nicole Mortiboys’ Order JEK.. (2014) is a photograph sent to a Jessops photo lab only to be returned with the following description of the lost data from the original digital image. Nicole repositions this ‘error’ as a found image, a new artwork and in doing so questions the value of art and representation.
Objectless Expansion (Berrows Journal 2014)
Hutchison, based in Mexico City and New York, presents Objectless Expansion, a solid page of Cyan. He is currently exhibiting at Division of Labour where his exhibition sees the transformation of a white cubed gallery completely floor to ceiling Cyan.
Victor Burgin (b. 1941) English conceptual artist, writer and photographer. He studied painting at the Royal College of Art from 1962 to 1965 and philosophy and fine art at Yale University from 1965 to 1967. From the late 1960s he adhered to Conceptual art using combinations of photographic images and printed texts to examine the relationship between apparent and implicit meaning. In his Lei Feng series (1973; London, Tate), for example, he drew on semiotic, psychoanalytic and feminist theory to decode structures of representation. A teacher and theoretician, he published numerous writings on art theory and criticism, with particular concern for Postmodernist aesthetics.
David Blamey (b.1961) Studied at the Royal College of Art where he graduated in 1985. During the early 1990s he showed at the Nigel Greenwood Gallery in London and established the independent publishing imprint Open Editions as a vehicle for collaborations between artists, writers and academics from a variety of parallel and interconnecting fields. During this period he curated the international touring exhibitions Work & Turnand Looking At Words: Reading Pictures, surveys of artists' publishing that traced the development of the form from the 1970s to the present day. Since the late 90s he has shown at a number of galleries run by artists' collectives Arthur R. Rose in London, Glass Box in Paris and Four in Dublin as well as exhibiting at established venues such as Zachéta National Gallery, Warsaw and Arcadia University Art Gallery, Philadelphia. For over twenty years he has regularly travelled and carried out research in India "the most real place on earth" and in 2006 he was awarded the Arts Council of England's Prayog International Artist Fellowship and was a guest contributor to the Experimenta 2007 festival in Bangalore and Mumbai. His two edited cultural studies books are, Here, There, Elsewhere: Dialogues On Location and Mobility (2002) and Living Pictures: Perspectives On The Film Poster In India (2005), both published by Open Editions. He is the founder and director of the critical forum programme in the School of Communication at the RCA and has written in other critical contexts, most recently forDesign and Art (2007), an anthology of writing about the historical interconnections between art and design, edited by Alex Coles and published by the Whitechapel and MIT Press.
Jeremy Hutchison (b. 1979) is a British artist based in between New York and Mexico City. Having studied linguistics and written commercials for Coca-Cola, he received a distinction from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Working extensively with advertising, international trade and outsourced labour, he constructs situations that disrupt the power relations established by global capital. Recent work has been exhibited at ICA, London; Modern Art Oxford; V&A Museum, London; Z33, Hasselt; Nassauischer Kunstverein, Weisbaden; Saatchi New Sensations, London; Rurart, Poitiers; Galeri Mana, Istanbul; Paradise Row, London and Southbank Centre, London. He is currently a member of the Whitney Independent Study Program, NYC.
Chris Hodson (b.1985) lives and works in Worcester, UK. Chris holds an MA Fine Art (Distinction) from Birmingham City University (2009). His multifaceted practice currently reflects on the art object and the viewer - a departure from his earlier work which dealt with current and historical scientific thinking and methodology in relationship to empirical philosophy.
Nicole Mortiboys (b. 1960) lives and works in Broadwell, Gloucestershire. Nicole graduated with MA Fine Art (Distinction) from Birmingham City University (2008). Nicole’s studio based practice stems from an attempt to simultaneously ‘wow’ and engage the viewer with something to look at, employing familiar cartoon-like, simplistic imagery and playing with notions of scale.