|"The Return of the |
|Jamie and Aiko Goodenough|
|juneau / projects /|
|Vernissage le jeudi 1 février 2007|
Ouverture du 2 février au 10 mars 2007
|Photo: Polly Braden|
Curated by Alistair Hudson and Adam Sutherland
Grizedale Arts is a new kind of art organisation, which is looking to make art and artists useful again by rethinking the ways to work with artists, as part of society. Moving on from the museum gallery space and the 20th century idea of art as critique, art as refl ection, art as a questioner and art about art and the art space.
The organisation is based on the historic hill farms of Lawson Park and Low Parkamoor, a dramatic and romantic setting in the centre of the English Lake District. This region was the birthplace of English romanticism and developed in parallel with the rise of Alpine tourism in the 18th and 19th centuries, in response to the encroaching industrial revolution.
In July 2006, we sent a team of seven artists to live in the village of Toge, Japan, for one month. This project formed part of the Echigo-Tsumari triennial, a contemporary art festival designed to regenerate this rural area through the introduction of site-specifi c art works. With reference to Kurosawa’s fi lm, one changing culture, the artists were asked to help another, the farmers, in their struggle with change. The projects that came out of this residency all attempted to encourage the village to take control of their culture weather that might be ending their way of life or changing it to better fi t with the forces being applied to them.
This exhibition at Galerie Lucy Mackintosh shows some of the work produced by the Seven in the village and selected work from other projects which we are currently developing : Lawson Park, project space at Low Parkamoor farm, and a project with the Chinese village of Nanling. These are ambitious projects with long term aims; so this presentation shows a half way house, a camp along the way and a chance to make contact with another region of the world which has much in common with these other local and global stories.
All the work in this space has not been made for consumption as art product, it has been made with a constructive purpose in mind; to have a dialogue with the people we work with and to effect change in real situations. The form of the Lucy Mackintosh gallery installation refl ects an alternative to traditional aesthetic values. A kind of shanty town: where everything has its use, where even the pictures can be used to make a wall.
Lucy Mackintosh gallery has participated in this project because, like Grizedale or Toge, Lausanne is a place nearing an «idealised rurality», which uses culture to gain a position in the global world today.