The Roadside Museum
Exhibition review by Corridor8 here
Exhibition review by AltBlackpool here
Exhibition publication Hypogeal here
The Roadside Museum was an experimental project I made in collaboration with Gordon Culshaw, examining the feasibility and/or desirability of fast forwarding the ageing process of artists' work through biological and chemical decay.
Artists were selected to bury their work on a farm in the north-west of England. Artworks were buried unprotected in a field at a depth of 6 feet. The site was chosen due to its location in a high water table with acidic soil which, it was hoped would accelerate the degradation process.
12 months later, the site was excavated. Artworks were unearthed and, over that summer, we developed an appropriate way to present the work for exhibitions in Blackpool and Leeds.
The project provided the opportunity for a range of media to be considered in relation to the progression of time and decomposition, whilst providing unique documentation of the West Lancashire region. It was conceived as an experimental ‘art’ residency due to the predicted physical transformation of the objects which reside on the farm for 12 months and how the artists/viewers engage with and respond to this change.
Participating Artists: Graham Dunning, Barbara Ekström, Stig Evans, Veronika Lukasova, Fred Martin, Samira Shafiei Nejad, Raksha Patel, Peter Trukenbrod, Topp & Dubio, and Chris Wood.