Images: John Wood & Paul Harrison – Arabella Pio – Phil Magee – Roderick Maclachlan
For The Players Club strand of the festival, BACK LANE WEST invited four artists based in the South West, two of whom are previous BLW resident artists.
Players at Work
Play – the festival’s leading theme – is a concept or process often used by artists in their work as a creative tool, and to open a space in which to develop enquiry. Social and cultural landscapes particularly can be opened to view through the use of ideas and processes around play.
The four artists showing their work as part of the BLW programme use, or reference, play and recreation in the pieces presented. Harrison & Wood and Magee, create tensions between conditions and desires of play and of work, Maclachlan plays with the physical immediacy and affect of an analogue technology, while Pio considers power relations involved in a ‘game’ that includes surveillance.
BACK LANE WEST is an artist-led, residency, project, and meeting space in Redruth, Cornwall. Its aims are to support critically engaged visual art practice and artists’ professional development. Central to this is the commitment to develop regional, national, and international networks of exchange, discussion, and opportunity, and contribute to the building of a nationally and internationally connected, contemporary visual art community in the South West.
You can find more information on the artists in Players at Work here.
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