2014-10-29

A talk by Steve Messam on ‘Once Upon A Time and Never Again’ - experience as art, time and audience

Time: 5 November, 13:00. 
Location: Kungl. Konsthögskolan, Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen, styrelserummet plan 4 / the board room floor 4

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Image: Steve Messam, Fairhaven Bubbles (2012).

Steve Messam is an environmental artist based in the North of England. With his site-specific installations, he sets visual accents in rural or urban settings, which include historical relics and vacant architecture that make us perceive the familiar environment in a new way. He is also interested in space: the interaction of art and audience within vast open spaces, the role of aesthetics and the physical experience. 

His works include ‘Beached’ (2007), in which he filled a beach with thousands of sandcastles and paper flags; ‘Drop’ (2008) -  a giant reflective raindrop the size of a three-storey building in the Lake District; ‘Clad’ (2009) - a traditional timber-framed cottage wrapped in the fleece of 300 local sheep in Newtown, Wales and ‘Carpet’ (2013) - an installation of 25,000 jars of coloured ink in Lindisfarne Priory. He created the first off-site installation at the 2006 Shanghai Biennial and created a number of site specific installations across the Venetian Lagoon during the 2009 Venice Biennale. 

As an artist Steve Messam has worked primarily outside the gallery environment for the past 18 years. He has a particular interest in the cultural reference points inherent in the work of artists living in rural communities and exploiting the assets of landscape, agriculture and community for challenging the preconceptions of contemporary rural arts practice.

The talk is funded by the British Arts Council.