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    1. Work in Progress
    2. Postal Vote
    3. Untitled

2016

21cm by 10cm by 6cm

(baked porcelain clay, ribbon, cardboard and pigment)

 

LUBOMIROV / ANGUS-HUGHES

SIXTY is a curated two-part exhibition in London and Athens predicated on notions of arbitrary political constraints. Sixty works of art will be selected by different decision-making bodies and individuals, including a public vote, and subject to a variety of processes and criteria — physical, financial and political — testing the ability of artist and curator to navigate within structures offering both real and illusory choices and opportunities.”

 

(Artists were invited to the above to submit artworks in any medium by posting through the gallery’s letterbox. The internal dimensions of the letterbox were 6cm by 24.5cm. All artworks received in this way were displayed in the gallery from 13 to 22 May 2016. The public were invited to vote for their favourite sixty works.)

 

 

THE CALL

The Call for this two-part Exhibition, to be held in both London and Athens, was interesting for the constraints of size and subject imposed by the curators.  The work had to initially pass through a designated letterbox and was to consider the parameters of arbitrary political constraint.

Since there are surely no more arbitrary constraints placed upon people than those of ‘feminine’ gender, I decided to reference the struggle for woman’s suffrage in my contribution. The three words, in that iconic hand drawn script, imprinted on our collective conciences, were imprinted on a hand made porcelain brick.

The brick had to fit through a letterbox.

Bricks had had to be thrown at windows by the Suffragettes.

Peaceful protests made by the women, driven to an uncomfortable mild disobedience, had been ignored. A reluctant campaign of militancy was eventually begun, but stones and bricks, thrown through windows, were usually tied up and constrained with long string, so that only the glass would break, thereby causing no harm to anyone inside.

My brick was to be gently posted, not lobbed through a window.

Hand made, hand delivered, not purchased and sent by Amazon!

The hoped-for destination Greece, birthplace of those original Amazon women, renowned for their warrior skills.

Intended delivery point Athens, home of democracy.

 

So, votes required for ‘Vote for Women’.

(It is still a Work in Progress).

 

Linda Jean John  2016

 

 

THE RESPONSE

 

My piece was not chosen to go to Athens despite my best effort to ‘answer the question’, and make it pretty.

I wondered, when the work was being packaged for delivery, whether to flout the rules of the Call, and send the brick through the window rather than politely posting it through the letterbox.

I could have made it prettier, or made it mean more.

 

 

 

 

THE CONSIDERED RESPONSE

 

You make work and it means something, then, “events happen”,

and it means something else, without you having to do anything.

So, ‘Votes 2’ ….

 

Votes 2 / Throw Caution to the wind

Titles

 

  1. Votes 2
  2. Throw Caution to the Wind
  3. Untitled

 

(Wood, tape, baked clay, pigment, ribbon, glass)

100cm / 100cm

13th May 2016, to Present

 

Additional Material in the Guise of Pictorial Label (Heavily Redacted)

 

Votes 2 - text

 

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Votes 2