Issue.06 April / May 2006
Shes gone off on another tangentcreating a small, independent art zine.
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Studio VoltaireThe Residence
The Flea PitTransition Gallery
In Nottingham:Moot Gallery
Further Afield:FluxFactory, New York
Sticky, Melbourne Zekes Gallery, Montreal
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inside (in no particular order)
[contributors] Thurle Wright www.thurle.com Mapping Nunhead London (UK)
The Dear You Project anonymous Melbourne (AU)
Samuel Roy-Bois www.macm.org/en/expositions/23.html Shallow Island New York City (USA)
Ettie Spencer www.crossingtheline.org.uk disPLACE East Lothian (UK)
Russell Herron www.russellherron.com tangent, Issue 6, April 2006, Page 4 London (UK)
Lars Vilhelmsen www.larsvilhelmsen.org Hiding Place Vodskov (DK)
Karen DAmico www.karendamico.com Then and Now London (UK)
Thoughts on a Grey Day.
[inform] Arts Listings
Cover image:Samuel Roy-Bois; Ghetto 2006Wood, Fiber glass, plexiglass and objects; 80 x 58 x 56
PlaceIndependence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.- Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (1791)
The oldest word in the English language is town
A hamlet is a village without a church and a town is not a city until it has a cathedral.
The only word in the English language with all five vowels in reverse order is subcontinental.
Canada is an Indian word meaning Big Village.
There is a city called Rome on every continent.
The names of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with, e.g. Asia, Europe, etc.
If the worlds total land area was divided equally among the worlds people, each person would get 8.5 acres.
Fun Facts to know and tell
Above and right: Ettie Spencer disPLACEInstallation, Edinburgh, March 2005
ettie spencer www.crossingtheline.org.uk
out the aeroplane window
A Place Both Real and ImaginedMount Shasta at 30,000 feet (two points of view)
on the aeroplane map
1. the annoying git 2. the tactical one 3. the coward
Above: Hiding Place - strategies on a psychology matter The Psychology Behind Being a Hidden Child, 2006; c-print,100 x 70
lars vilhelmsen www.larsvilhelmsen.org
asked & answeredSamuel Roy-Boiswww.macm.org/en/expositions/23.html
when did you first know you wanted to be an artist?I expressed the wish to be an artist at a very young age. Something like 5 years old. I would
say to my mother that I would like to become a painturer. The thought of being something
else always freaked me out. I did study to become an anthropologist for a while, just to be-
come absolutely conscious of what I really wanted to do later.
favourite material or medium?I would say the right one. My ideas and projects dictate my choice of materials. As I build a
lot of rooms I end up using a lot of wood and drywall. I like drywall quite a bit. Its such an
arid material. I learned to love it.
favourite place?Where Im going next.
Any heroes or villains?Hero: Joseph Beuys. Vilain: Joseph Beuys
Can you remember your first piece of work?I was probably 5 or 6. It was actually a small wooden box that I secretly made out of left-overs
found in my basement. I remember the love and care that I put in the work. I remember
using pieces of paper attached to a stick to paint it because I did not wanted to soil my dad
Smartest thing you ever did in terms of your art practice?Stopping making art for a while when finished grad school.
Worst mistake in terms of your art practice?Grad school
Best / worst bit about being an artist?The best thing for me is to have complete authority over what is happening, over what I do.
The worst thing is definitly having to deal alone with the consequences of all the decisions
What inspires? Looking at people enjoying what they do.
What shows have you seen recently?I just saw Wolfgang Tilmans two hours ago at PS1 in New York City. Quite a good show. Its
so enjoyable to see an artist taking advantage of art, going where he feels like going with
genuine freedom. It felt like art belonged to him. Its the same attitude Thelenious Monk had
towards Jazz. He made what he wanted out of it.
Any words of wisdom for emerging artists?Dont forget where you are coming from. Dont forget where you are going to. Wash hands
Left: I heard a noise, I ran away 2003Drywall, plaster, wood paint, lighting system; 16 x 12 x 8
everything in its place
my placeyour place
put them in their place
know your place
a sense of place
out of place
final resting place
a clean, well lighted place
Then and NowWe are here and it is now. Further to that, all human knowledge is moonshine.- H L Mencken
Seeking a sense of place, a sense of the familiar, of belonging
and connection is often wrapped up in that deep, melancholic
yearning to excavate ones heritage and somehow connect it with
life the present. Then and Now is a photographic installation that was spawned out of that desire.
The idea began to emerge when I received a box of slides from my
Father, some of which had been shot in the 1960s on a visit to his
hometown of Stavanger, Norway. Though I was a small child at the
time, I have lingering, though fragmented, memories of that trip
and to this day can conjur smells, sounds and visual snapshots in
my minds eye: the whiff of bread baking in Tananger - then a tiny
fishing village, now a bustling, prosperous community, my cousin humming a song, the spider in my grandfathers loo and so on. Its
funny what you remember as well as how memories awaken the
senses, forging immediate connections with a forgotten sense of
In viewing the slides in my studio, I was immediately drawn to
the marks and stains on them. Little traces of age in the form of
dust and fading colour, their residue felt like a form of evidence,
bearing witness to the passage of time.
In 2005 I re-visited Stavanger in order to re-photograph the
locations from these slides and juxtapose them in an attempt to
somehow collapse the distance between time and memory, as well
as apprehend and understand what is still, to me, a somewhat
unknowable, unreachable piece of my heritage: my sense of place
in terms of my Norwegian-ness.
Though I had been there since that first trip, it was an interesting exercise to look at the landscape through the eyes of these old
slides and really comprehend just how much the landscape had
changed over a 40 year timespan. Most places were immediately
recognisable to me though the passage of time was of course
unmistakable. Setting up the shots was challenging and there
were instances when it was physically impossible to recapture a
location. At one point we were trying in vain to match the angle
of the slide with what we were actually looking at. My uncle
suddenly said in his matter-of-fact Scandinavian way, Oh, yes, its
because they moved the statue.
In re-tracing my fathers footsteps, and to some extent, my
own, I was cognizant of the fact that my own sense of place with
regard to where I belong in this landscape of my Norwegian-ness
is elusive, impossible to capture, just as the time thats elapsed
between the two images is. As imaginary as it is real, my heritage
is infused by my own perceptions, memories and the histories I
am told. It resides somewhere between memory and imagination
and yet it exists, like so many places.
Opposite and following two pages: Karen DAmico Then and Now (two from a series)Re - printed slide and c-type photograph, size variable
samuel roy-bois www.macm.org/en/expositions/23.html
Architecture is a terrifying thing. Its all about shaping peoples life and directing ones behaviour. Architects are fancy dictators. What makes the whole thing bearable is the fact that there are as many dictatorships as there are buildings. One gets to choose.
Above and rightShallow Island 2005