WINDOW WORK is a programme of artworks commissioned for the buildings shop display window on the Regent Street side of the building.
The current WINDOW WORK project asks artists (through an open call submission process) to propose a text work, diagram, drawing, instruction piece, design etc that can easily be drawn (translated) onto the main studio window using chalk pens.
The selected works are drawn/traced/copied onto the window by studio members who follow simple instructions provided by the artist.
The WINDOW WORK changes on a regular basis (usually on a weekly/fortnightly basis) and are be documented below.
Click the artist names to go straight to their WINDOW WORK:
WINDOW WORK - OPEN CALL
DXDX studio group are inviting proposals from artists for an ongoing project ‘WINDOW WORK’.
WINDOW WORK is a programme of artworks commissioned for the specific location of a shop display window on Regent Street, Plymouth, UK.
The current WINDOW WORK project asks artists to propose a text work, diagram, drawing, instruction piece, design etc that can easily be drawn (translated) onto the studio window using chalk pens.
The selected works will be drawn/copied onto the window by studio members who will follow simple instructions provided by the artist. Artists should consider that studio members will be drawing the artworks/textworks/designs ‘in mirror’ so that they read the right way round from the outside.
The WINDOW WORK artworks will change on a regular basis (usually on a weekly/fortnightly basis) and will be documented online via the DXDX website (currently under construction) and via social networking sites.
We initially have a year contract for our studio (running until March 2012) so we are able to consider applications for WINDOW WORK on a rolling open submission during this period.
Please submit a short artist statement and a short proposal/your idea, including simple instructions for how to ‘install’ the WINDOW WORK.
Please send proposals FAO:
Hannah Jones and Scott Daniels at: firstname.lastname@example.org
NB: Useable window area is defined by a tramline alarm strip running horizontally across the lower portion of the window. Artist names and work titles will be designated to the window area below the alarm strip.
DXDX WINDOW WORK
Regent Street window area:
'Pineapple Window', Maddy Pethick, April 2011.
Maddy Pethick is an artist based in Devon whose work explores writing, image, object arrangement, pages and book-works. Cats, cacti, pineapples, ladies, poodles, domestic appliances, furniture, houseplants, knick-knacks, clothes and lamps repetitively appear as central motifs.
DXDX is an artist run studio space on Regent Street, Plymouth, UK.
Its current Studio members are Scott Daniels, Tim Dickinson, Rachel Dobbs, Andrew James, Hannah Jones,
Dave Kent and Neil Rose.
The studio is run primarily as a private studio facility but studio members also run and contribute to a rolling programme of artworks designed for the buildings prominent shop-window space.
Chalk pen colour options:
* Useable window area: 230cm x 130cm
* Submit your images as pdf format, to be printed A1 size, 841 x 594 mm. (multiple A1 pages can be printed and joined to create larger images)
* Send a small full colour preview of the image, showing it the correct way round.
* Only use the colours shown above (colours can not be mixed)
- Remember, we will use CHALK PENS to transfer your image on the window BY HAND, there for images can not be replicated to the same quality as in computer generated imagery.
'Monument to Order', Deric Carner, April 2011
Deric Carner makes paintings, collages and printed matter that explore the semiotic functions of form and narrative. These works link uncanny or otherwise spectral narratives with abstract graphic signifiers, collaged images and oblique text fragments. Some of his subjects are drawn from news media and historical research. Others relate to utopian ideals of living and thought. The results are familiar in their fragmented modern aesthetic yet offer no easy answers for the viewer with regards to their appeal and interpretation.
'Impossible Sculpture Proposition 1', Scott Daniels, May 2011
These are the kind of structures I like to sit and invent just with a pencil, a ruler and an idle mind; mapping space and volume impulsively.
Some become seemingly impossible to construct, regardless of this fact, I often try and imagine ways of creating physical likenesses of these ‘impossible sculptures.’
'after Durer after Mategna', Mark Leahy, July 2011
The basis for this image is found in an engraving of the 'Death of Orpheus' (1494) by Albrecht Durer which is derived from an earlier lost image by Mantegna. In the image, a scroll attached to a tree declares Orpheus to be the first pederast or homosexual, justifying his being killed by the two female figures that are beating him. The image proposed has adpated elements of the Durer composition to design a contemporary emblem that repeats the labelling of the other as aberrant or unnatural. This echoes the ongoing persecution and execution of gay, lesbian and other people in countries around the world. The design also engages with the intersection between the textual and the pictorial.
'The Milky Way, after Herschel', Jamie House, June 2011
"I propose to install as part of the WINDOW WORK series a drawing that is based on a star map by Sir John Herschel of the Milky Way. This drawing will be the plans for an immersive environment I am making in the form of a chamber containing a Camera Obscura star map, the viewer when they enter the dark chamber of the *Camera Obscura will experience both a glowing star chart and a fragmented version of the world outside the chamber, simultaneously, each point on the star chart representing an image of the external environment. The drawing will be printed on transparent film to be visible by passersby."
This project references early texts and representations of the night sky, as well as ideas of pattern, navigation, simulation, geocentricism and the peculiar nature of light.
'Rules for Walking in the city of Discovery', Jason Hirons, July 2011
"As a writer and artist I am interested in landscape, cultural geography and the experiences of everyday life. I explore the city as a performed and performative space, a palimpsest that records and rewrites the stories of those who have come and gone through the cityscape."
Christine Wong Yap, Aug 2011
For Window Work, I propose a diagram on how optimists and pessimists react to setbacks, based on my research in positive psychology. The chart is a symbolic illustration of an optimist’s and pessimist’s progress.
Their upward movement is parallel, but since the pessimist requires longer recovery periods following each setback, the cumulatively effect leaves the pessimist in a worse position over time.
The chart is inspired by the quote from a Pennsylvania psychologist that further explains the diagram.
Take a walk in the City of Discovery
and Write down all of the words you
encounter along the way.
Take a walk in the city of Discovery
and have a conversation with a passer-by.
Take a walk in the city of Discovery and think
about all the people who have ever
passed through this landscape and
perhaps called this place home
Christine Wong Yap
'Plymouth, also', Flounder Lee, Sep 2011
'Plymouth, also' from Flounder Lee (USA) is a map of the United States which pinpoints all the locations in USA also named 'Plymouth'
"As US culture is VERY British in its origins, many of our names are also.
Since Plymouth Rock is the mythical (and not exactly accurately historical) site of the US celebrates as our first landing spot in the Americas.
I thought it fitting to do a map of all the spots that the name has spread to throughout the US."
'Stuck With You', Matt Geden, Oct/Nov2011
'Stuck With You' is a slightly comical reference to the temptations and choices we face as human beings
and how these choices can often shape our unchangeable futures.
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'One Day', John Winslow, Nov/Dec 2011
J.D.A. Winslow can Be Googled.
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