Art as Transformer by Adam Grose is released today on Amazon and available to purchase as a paperback and Kindle. Here is a link to a preview and some images of the new philosophical work by Grose and some images from the forthcoming Art as Transformer Artist Monograph and the link direct to Amazon here.
Over the last year of living and working in other countries my work has evolved a lot from where it was when studying on the MA Fine Art course at Falmouth University. At the time (2011-12) it had been grounded in the way the Media and Advertising use imagery as forms of propaganda – whether to sell a policy or a product to the masses. I learned a lot on this course and it was a great year of exploring contemporary art, meeting other artists and exploring the work I had been interested in. However, I got to a point in my practice that I was in danger of repeating myself over and over again – a political/ polemical time loop.
I decided I needed a change and took the opportunity to spend six months in Cyprus at the Cyprus College of Art in Lempa, near Pafos, which had been set up by the artist Stass Paraskos many years ago. I gained a placement and set off in July 2013. The experience opened new ways of working and brought me to the landscape and nature. Over time I began to explore more about travelling and ideas on pilgrimage, re-tracing the steps of St Paul, during a time of Roman occupation. I had not known at the time that this would evolve into the pilgrimage ideas I would go on to develop in Spain, whilst staying at the artists’ residency La Fragua in Belalcázar at the Convento de Santa Clara.
Through spending time in Lempa, meeting many artists and tutors who came to visit and having many conversations with Professor Danak and John Sims, I began to apply these developing ideas into my work. Through my experiences travelling around the island of Cyprus, both South and North, visiting many museums and monasteries, I became more interested in the aesthetics of the worn, aged, eroding buildings and paintings that exists on the island. I was also drawn to the mythology and history of the island and their part in the formation of culture. Through a lecture by Dr Michael Paraskos on ‘Reviving the Corpse of Art‘ had shifted my perspectives on the role of art and culture.
I explored various ways I could create work through the intervention of natural forces, replicating effects from nature, leading to work that I would leave in the environment [something I have done in Cyprus and Spain in various places] – from printing on sheets and leaving on a washing line for the environment to affect, to painting images and burying them in Turkish owned land in Lempa [a response to the North/ South divide] and work left out in the environment in Spain in various historical sites to art trails in the landscape.
All of these ideas and others formed a body of work leading to the ‘Paradox: Prometheus, People and Place’ exhibition in Cyprus at the end of my residency period. The exhibition images can be seen here and the work I produced in Cyprus can be viewed here. I left for Spain on January 22nd 2014 to begin the Flow and Art Project at Málaca Instituto.
Over the coming weeks and months I intend to write in-depth about these previous ideas and how they contributed to where I am at this moment in time – as I break down each element which has led to the work I am exploring. Through the philosophy of Bernard Stiegler; the mythology of Prometheus, Aphrodite and Hermes Aphroditus; the work of Tápies, Picasso, El Greco, Vostell, Yoko Ono, El Roto and more, has led me to a new path that explores aspects of Zenism, Fluxus, Technological evolution, Traditionalism and the role of history in the everyday experience and how this applies to ideas on entropy.
I will expand on this at a later time. In the meantime this image is my current idea that has moved towards sculpture – something which has evolved from my working practice in Cyprus and Spain, the use of G.P.S. technology via smartphone applications, and from many works of art I have seen and recorded over the last year, from Byzantine [in Cyprus] to Contemporary [in Spanish art].
Since July 15th 2013 I left the United Kingdom to go and live in Cyprus for six months to see what would happen to my practice and seek another way of making work. I wanted to see what else I would come up with in response to the new situation I placed myself in. Through staying at residencies and being an Artist in Residence, working on projects, researching what my practice was about and ways of seeing reality through a new situation I witnessed my work evolve into something new. The work I produced gained me a place on a project in Spain and an opportunity to travel through Spain, staying at other residencies, which gave me the chance to further explore a personal project based on the idea of pilgrimage. Over the last few weeks I have been going through a process of deep-thinking, evaluating what I have made over the last year and develop my project further. This research blog is a place where I shall share the information, putting it all together to form a thesis idea exploring a personal question about interconnecting cultures and its application in my practice.
Through various inquiries I have been collecting information over the last year; online, books and through my practice, I have been testing out ideas. My question through all of this has been exploring the role of inter-connectivity and mapping in the evolution of culture? Throughout my travels I have been to many museums, galleries, travelling and recording my journeys via GPS technology, exploring various architecture, art and cultural traditions, acting as foundations to a host nation from the many cultures who have come to Cyprus and Spain, sharing and leaving their influences, which have led to technological and cultural developments that have contributed to a host’s sense of identity; shaping the new ways of seeing reality.
This blog will act as a logbook furthering my inquiry and bring all the pieces together to form questions and lead to writings exploring the role of inter-connecting cultures and developments through the words of ‘identity and relationship’; and although I will be sharing this through my website, primarily it is a format for me to pull all this data together in one place, which I hope will expand into an in-depth study of the value inter-cultural exchanges have in a multicultural world.