Artist in residence 2011 – Joshua Raffell

Boutique Hook
6th – 14th January 2012
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studio1.1 2011 artist-in-residence will end his tenure with a pop-up exhibition showcasing work made during the year, satirically echoing the retail opportunities prevalent in the most fashionable street in London (sic(k)). In an attack on E2 modishness, there will also be a sale of secondhand books.

Pop Up
11th – 15th May 2011, 12-6pm
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On most Mondays and Tuesdays once an exhibition has opened in the gallery, Joshua is on hand to use the space as his open studio, working and inviting visitors to watch him at work. For the next few days there will be an extension of that project, when he’ll be in the gallery from Wednesday to Sunday, during opening hours, with a wider selection of work; a pop-up show.

Joshua’s work crosses and re-crosses boundaries of public and private, and forms a perfect counterpart to our position in/outside the shifting art world/market where what is a dissenting voice one minute becomes a designated cutting-edge must-have commodity the next.

This can be an uncomfortable place and Josh recognises that we must all bear responsibility for wherever we situate ourselves along the spectrum of comfort and outrage. That Josh’s work, beautifully crafted and defiantly object- and outrage-based, can simultaneously offend and delight the same sensibility at the same time seemed to us a perfect choice for our Artist in Residence 2011.

Designer of Erotic Automata

The artists that inspire Joshua Raffell are Paul Maccarthy, Georges Bataille, Vito Acconci, Nathalie Djuberg, Delaine Le Bas, Annette Messager, Key Hiraga and Francis Alys.

“I set off sparks, images, even allegories, but I try – to the greatest possible extent – to leave the narrative, or interpretation, if you like, open” Francis Alys, ‘A STORY OF DECEPTION’ Tate publishing, London 2010.

As A.I.R Joshua Raffell intends to make a new sculpture every month. On Mondays and Tuesdays during exhibitions his plan is to open up the gallery and work in the space, allowing the audience a unique chance to see the work in progress, and to discuss it and the ideas behind it. He will be taking the opportunity to develop new ideas, push things forward, his fabric constructions constantly being changed, pieces being broken up and then interwoven to create fresh and evocative sculptures, performances etc.

Raffell will be making work centered on a bike and trailer. Making work that is interactive. Taking it out to the public. Masturbating erotic automata that are crudely put together using bits of wood, string and wire. Through the use of fabrics, patchwork, stitch and appliqué, these elaborate colourful armatures draw the audience into a world of fun, naughtiness and erotica. Making the private public. These seemingly innocent patchworks become scenes of grotesque and unashamed self- absorbed pleasure. There are no real narratives; it’s up to you to take from the experience what you like.

Joshua Raffell’s practice refuses to be pigeon holed, the work crosses over genres from performance to photography, sculpture, textiles and kinetic art. Creating a cornucopia of exciting images. But this is taken on a step further as you are invited to send photos and comments about the work directly to the artist. Which will be posted on his website and may be used in the solo show at the end of the residence. In doing so you are giving your consent for the artist to use the images and text within his own work.

On the 7th April Raffell’s journey starts at studio1.1 at three and continues during the day ending up at Vyner St. The cat, companion on his March 3rd journey, proved very successful and will be in a show on April 4th at the Biscuit Factory and another Shoreditch venue on the 23rd April.

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