“As with any January, there is a chill to the wind surrounding us as we wish away the coldest days still to come. A quietly playful addition to the centre of Bermondsey Square, London, is the latest SCULPTURE AT public sculpture commission. Cloud Study (2017) by the British artist Charlie Godet Thomas is a two-metre high weather vane featuring a yellow speech bubble which contrasts the leaden skies above.
A small cloud symbolising bad luck and misfortune follows the cartoon character, Joe Btfsplk, from the American cartoon ‘Li’l Abner’ created by Al Cap that ran between 1934 – 1977, which Godet Thomas is referencing in this artwork. Visually cheerful and warm, Cloud Study depicts an exclamation of triumph over the character’s blues and bad luck despite its mocking tone which reads, “YO’ IS STUCK IN THAR FO’EVER, LI’L GRAY CLOUD!!-“. The words signal a change in his future as the character Joe Btfsplk takes control of his fate and manages to trap the grey cloud that follows him around in a cave. Ironically, later in the comic he is forced to release the cloud once more to save himself, returning to a life filled with gloom.”
Charlie Godet Thomas sculpture commission ‘Cloud Study’ in Cent magazine. Read more here.
Read Elinor Morgan’s text ‘An Artist in Industry’ written in response to Edwin‘s residency here.
Jamie Fitzpatrick is exhibiting in a group exhibition titled ‘Hope is Strong’ at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield Museums from 17 February – 10 June 2018. Read more here.
Tim Etchells is presenting a performance as part of book launch event ‘Double Fiction’ for Futures and Fictions (Repeater) and Fiction as Method (Sternberg Press) at Res. on Friday 12 January 7 – 11pm.
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“I like the warmth of an overhead projector, which has an image that is very alive and immediate. Once a drop of paint falls onto the acetone you instantly have a huge moving painting projected on the wall, overlapping the architecture. It reminds me of anagogic photography; a simple and yet magical moment to observe. In my performances, I want the public to have as much fun as I do.
A friend of mine once commented that the annoying thing with performance is that performers generally seem to have more fun performing than the audience taking it in. I therefore conceive my performances to be open, colourful and pop. I like to create a meditative moment, a safe place, letting images of space and the cosmos filter in.
The musicians I work with, such as Buvette or Bermudaa, compose live, creating a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. I am drawn to musicians who experiment with sounds in the same way that I am composing immersive collages.
For me, the job of the artist is to figure out what art can do for our society, our people and our dreams. If a person visits my show and leaves feeling encouraged to start something of their own, becoming aware of the preciousness of being creative (egoistically as well as collectively), then I’ve succeeded in what I set out to do.”
Maya Rochat discusses her favourite tool, The old-school overhead projector, for Elephant Magazine. Read more here.