Art from the Archives
Exploring Ephermera- Sketched out
Young Gallery Salisbury
11 October – 1 November
‘Art from the Archives’ exhibition at Gallery One, Young Gallery, Salisbury Library, 11 October to 1 November 2014. This is an exhibition that has emerged through artists engaging with a collection of documents selected by staff at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. From the 8 miles of shelves the 16 chosen objects showed the diversity of the knowledge and contents of the Centre.
The artists have fully engaged with the object, showing real commitment and a highly personal response. Their exploration looks at the tension between history and the present; between the origin of meaning within the intention of the author and the power of the reader to unmake, redefine and interpret shapes and scratches of the past into something new that speaks to the living world.
The initial parameters for the project were a 2B pencil and a piece of paper no bigger than A5; no other material was to be used. The submissions have been brought together as ‘The Semantic Archive’ artists’ book. This is to be launched at the exhibition, and it can also be viewed digitally via issuu.com/juliesmithissuu.com/docs/semantic_archive.
The exhibition is an extension of the 2B pencil gatherings into pieces of work that reflect the artists’ discoveries via material that has been chosen to connect with each person’s chosen field.
The exhibition will be selected and curated by Peter Riley, Curator, Young Gallery, Peter Tyas, Manager, Arts and Archives, Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and Julie Smith, Visual Lead, Artist, Art Lecturer at School of Art, Swindon College. This exhibition will enliven interest in the task of preserving historical records and their place/relevance in our world. Not to be missed…
Private view 2pm, Saturday 11 October.