In this week I was approached by 'art of england' to write a column featuring a review, I chose to write a review about my tutors recent exhibition at the Newlyn Exchange;
The Abolition of the Work?’ 29th October - 18th November - Newlyn Exchange
Professor Matthew Cornford of Cornford & Cross artist collaboration is my teacher, in writing this review I am leaving behind a great fat shinny apple after class, I will endeavor to keep my opinions objective. David Cross and Matthew Cornford met at St. Martins in 1987 and they have been working callaboratively ever since. ‘The Abolition of the Work?’ is their latest joint offering and is being shown at the Newlyn Gallery in Penzance. It is an exhibition which in some ways re-visits an earlier show with the same title back in 2004. ‘Where is the Work’ at The South London gallery consisted of a seemingly empty room. On closer examination and investigation canny visitors discovered Cornford & Cross’s Duchampian act, the artists removed an old floor grille from the heating vent from the floor of the South London Gallery and replaced it with a new one. Working with other craftpersons’ and creatives’ is central to the Cornford & Cross practice; product designers and master forgers were engaged in an insightful and complex reverse engineering, model making and casting process. The old grille was preserved and entered into the galleries collection. This act and the documentary evidence of the act makes up the actual art, Cornford and Cross belong to the new relation aesthetics, a relatively new movement becoming increasing popular among artists like the 2004 Turner prize winner Jeremy Dellor. ‘Where is the Review?’ A review would spoil your experience and so this is more of a challenge, I dare you to visit explore and discover the interventions that have taken place in this beautiful part of the world. Matthew and David would implore you ‘take a walk’ around Penzance and Cornwall, meet the natives and visit this exhibition at Newlyn Exchange Gallery, Penzance. This type of art isn’t for all but even at first glance the work might well be invisible or deeply conceptual but remember all the other people involved in the work behind the ‘Work.’ And as for being teachers pet, the dog ate my homework.
Read the blog entries of two MA fine art students. Nathaniel Pitt and Chris Hodson are studying at Wolverhampton and Birmingham respectivly. This blog is a recording of their experiences in these two seats of learning