New Art Highlights of the week from Axisweb includes: Christine Mackey, Martin Smith, Julie Lawrence and James Bloomfield
MERL New Artist in Residence Scheme by Christine Mackey
ART TEAMS UP WITH SCIENCE IN MUSEUM’S NEW ARTIST RESIDENCY SCHEME A creative take on the humble hen house and work with scientists to explore the prospect of carbon neutral beef are in the works as two artists take up brand new roles at Reading’s Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL) for the summer.
Mesmerise Machine, 2017 by Martin Smith
Introducing the 4th and latest chapter in Martin Smith's love machine series. The Mesmerise Machine is a hand-holding, dancing, kinetic sculpture that gently hypnotizes the object of your affection.
Blue Sky Thinking, 2016-17 by Julie Lawrence
Studio photographic practice and work in progress. Responding to my domestic environment from the perspective of the liminal territory between painting and photography.
Of Heart and Hand, 2017 by James Bloomfield
A pink slip cast craftsperson’s toolbox alongside eight, monumental sculptural columns provides a poignant and powerful symbol of the camaraderie, trust and friendship of workers at Darwen Terracotta, a company resurrected by employees facing redundancy. Artist, James Bloomfield ‘walked the floor’ to research the breadth of techniques used across the now successful, specialist architectural terracotta and faience business and noted the individualism evident at personal ‘maker stations’ and workbenches, whether the tools being used for that specialism or personal artefacts.