CATALYST: Exhibition & Residency
Sasha Bowles, Rosalind Davis, Justin Hibbs, Evy Jokhova, Marion Michell and Annabel Tilley
Husk Gallery & Lubomirov Angus Hghes Gallery
Catalyst is an idea.
A group of artists collectively respond & collaborate.
There are no rules.
* Deadline if artwork not made within the specified time= instant death.
Catalyst 1= 5 artists, 1 artwork started by each artist, 5 rounds of interventions, a multitude of possibilities. Artists: Sasha Bowles, Rosalind Davis, Justin Hibbs, Evy Jokhova, and Annabel Tilley
Catalyst 2= 6 artists, 1 artwork started by 1 artist, 6 rounds of interventions, a multitude of possibilities. Artists: Sasha Bowles, Rosalind Davis, Justin Hibbs, Evy Jokhova, Marion Michell and Annabel Tilley
Catalyst 3= an exhibition and a collaborative ' live' residency project in the physical space, within Husk Gallery. The 6 artists in Catalyst 2 employing the same process. The Catalyst exhibition will display the existing Catalyst 1& 2 alongside other artworks by each artist.
The residency/ exhibition will end with a talk by all the artists in Catalyst (depending upon the meeting of Deathline of course) and a 'Sound Clash' by Justin Hibbs and invited others. A 'Sound Clash' is a musical version of catalyst.
Catalyst 4- An exhibition at Lubomirov Angus Hughes Gallery
CATALYST. Background and the beginning. January 2014.
SASHA BOWLES ROSALIND DAVIS JUSTIN HIBBS EVY JOKHOVA ANNABEL TILLEY
BACKGROUND: Five artists + five rounds = one artwork
The catalyst project originated at Zeitgeist Arts Projects annual Share & Exchange Exhibition where artists bring an artwork and exchange it for another, through a raffle. At this event, there was also a conversation when Justin Hibbs recounted the story of his father and grandfather playing chess by return of post. A protracted interaction of a game usually played at a much faster pace; bringing with it advantages and disadvantages. From here we wondered if we could ‘play’ with this idea and create an artwork in a similar fashion. Bringing in elements of the ‘exquisite corpse’ or ‘consequences’ parlour game, extending the time scale and expanding the participants to five: Catalyst was born.
The rules are simple: each participant starts an artwork – absolutely no constraints. Then they must deliver it to the next artist in the loop by the first of the following month.....or die. Each artist was to work on each piece once making five rounds.
And so we started. What had been conceived as a simple idea expanded and contracted as the ‘game’ progressed. Each round brought its own quandaries which were different for each artist. At every stage questions of authorship, ego, integration, responsibility and competition arose. Jokes, threats and spoilers were sent via twitter – this had developed into a serious project and something wonderful was emerging.
After five months Catalyst ended and a harmonious smorgasbord of conversations had been created which included painting, drawing, collage and video. Each artist’s individuality threading throughout each piece and intertwining into one another with loops of ideas continuing on and back and through themselves; Catalyst is both an ending and beginning.
The whole project has been an inspirational time for all of the artists involved. Whilst delving into one another’s work processes we have all discovered expansions and explorations feeding into our own art practices.
Each catalyst is an evolution, progression and permutation of the same formula, one person responding to an artwork created by another.
There are no rules.