Common Sense – an exhibition by The Affectors
Friday May 2 saw Brand X Space, the highest level of Central Park Shopping Complex, morph into a playground of multi-sensory stimulation for Common Sense, a collaborative exhibition courtesy of The Affectors. Artists from Drawing Book Studios and Lizard Studio were asked to creatively engage with what makes us human, and produced works that challenged, tantalized and excited all five senses in ways that roused feelings of creative inadequacy for all those present.
In keeping with current trends, the rest of this review will be categorized sense-ibly:
Extraordinary creativity and above-average good looks featuring in equal parts as exhibition-goers marveled the wonders of digital illustration, sculpture, 3D printing and installation.
Punter A: “That man is very attractive.”Punter B: “That’s Morton Rowley, one half of Supervixen. He constructed that 3D printer from scratch and then made that cool cloth-covered skull thing with it, inspired by the drapery of the Roman era. ”
Punter A: “What a sight!”
The best way to prove relevancy as an artist collective is to incorporate useful technologies into an exhibition, like wall-mounted (and fully-charged!) Ipads with headphones attached. Each work was accompanied with a short artist-made video explaining interesting concepts and processes*, viewable on the Ipads. This meant that everyone staring at Jo Ley’s surrealist Lego labyrinth, could listen to her explain that it’s actually a digital illustration of the first dream she remembers, and was made using virtual Lego.
Artists and punters alike were kept sated with Green Fairy cocktails, Zambrero burritos and surprisingly well-formed chocolate covered raspberry gelato balls from Messina. Also, an artist by the name of Luke Marcatilli actually managed to employ (delicious) white chocolate as a medium, recreating ancient Easter Island and Mayan sculptures in truly multi-sensory form. His work will literally stay with the people who chose to have a bite.
Tactile interaction with the hair of the art-babes in the drinks line was kept to a minimum, but artists encouraged plenty of contact with their works with signs that read ‘feel free to give it a spin’, ‘clap to activate’ and even ‘you can pick me up, turn my world upside down but please don’t shake or break me’. Did do all of those things, would do again.
In his work entitled Vision Box, Peter Brew Bevan’s untimely diagnosis of early onset glaucoma was used as an impetus for a multi-textured work tailored for the visually impaired. Materials like plastics, leather, wood and acrylic are incorporated to create a tactile experience for the blind, and even features a poem written in braille.
The Roses! Art is everywhere! It’s in the air! And so are the burritos!
Senses = in tact and sufficiently stimulated. Mind = blown.
* You can find all artist-made videos on Youtube by typing ‘Affectors’ followed by the artist’s name.
By Lucy Rennick