Art should stimulate – and here are a couple of installations happening in the West Country:
This art installation is really stimulating a few questions:
Empty shops in Exeter have been filled with art installations that include second hand furniture, graffiti and balloons. Vacant retail spaces in the city have been used by students at the university to exhibit their work.
The art is designed to raise questions about post-pandemic life and our new hopes for the future. The exhibitions – collectively titled Now’s The Time: Art Year Zero – will take place until Sunday, 19 June.
Here’s the Uni webpage:
Starting from ‘Art Year Zero’, each of the seven curatorial projects in Now’s The Time engages with a different aspect of this contemporary moment, in the wake of Covid-19, and how our social assumptions about the way we live, and our hopes for the future, have changed.
The aim of Now’s The Time is to be a positive and mutually supportive platform, working in participation with artists, specific communities and young people to envisage a different future, beyond the ‘new normal’.
Positive Light Projects 184-187 Sidwell St, Exeter EX4 6RD Joe Harvey (curator and artist)
Campus Compost is an exhibition about systems of waste and recycling, arising from the curator’s own feelings of conscience around the systemic production of waste as a university student. Taking conflicting emotions such as climate anxiety, a sense of claustrophobia and, most-importantly, optimism that there are approaches happening now that can contribute to long-term environmental change, Campus Compost translates these abstract feelings into a three-dimensional immersive environment. The exhibition is composed solely of a large-scale installation of second-hand furniture, filling up the gallery space, mirroring the over-powering sense of trepidation that comes to mind when thinking about the effects of climate change.
Image: Campus Compost