Monday, 30 June 2014

York Curiouser - Susanne Davies at Merchant Adventurers' Hall

York Curiouser: The city explored through contemporary art interventions

York Curiouser is an arts project running from 14 June to 7 July, comprising new works from leading artists from around the UK who have been inspired by the rich history of York. The project encourages residents and visitors alike to discover exciting contemporary art in hidden and sometimes surprising parts of York.


I have been helping out by taking some of the promotional photographs earlier in the year and photographing some of the installations during the exhibition period. It has been a great pleasure exploring new corners of the city and seeing the artwork come to life. 
As we are now into the final week of the project, I thought I would write a new post each day showcasing and reflecting on what I've seen.

Susanne Davies 

Susanne Davies is a York-based artist who recently installed a major piece in the new council offices. She works mainly in the medium of embroidery thread, responding to the architecture in which the piece is located. Her work reflects the precision and repetition of traditional, often female labour - with this particular piece taking untold hours to thread some 10,000 metres of thread through 2,000 hooks across the 5 panels.

Watching the art work come to life was a great experience, with genuine tension as the delicate panels were squeezed into the medieval window frames through seemingly impossible crevasses, and relief as everything somehow managing to remain intact and undamaged.

What struck me about this piece was how it seemed to balance contrasting characteristics to create a really unifying art work - it is bold in colour and form, yet subtle against the ancient stone; symmetrical in design, yet endlessly varied as the light plays on the threads through the sway of the leaves of the surrounding trees.

Returning to the piece a week later, it seems entirely at home in its surroundings, and a shame that it will only remain in place for such a limited time. Definitely one to enjoy while it lasts.




Monday, 30 June 2014

York Curiouser - Susanne Davies at Merchant Adventurers' Hall

York Curiouser: The city explored through contemporary art interventions

York Curiouser is an arts project running from 14 June to 7 July, comprising new works from leading artists from around the UK who have been inspired by the rich history of York. The project encourages residents and visitors alike to discover exciting contemporary art in hidden and sometimes surprising parts of York.


I have been helping out by taking some of the promotional photographs earlier in the year and photographing some of the installations during the exhibition period. It has been a great pleasure exploring new corners of the city and seeing the artwork come to life. 
As we are now into the final week of the project, I thought I would write a new post each day showcasing and reflecting on what I've seen.

Susanne Davies 

Susanne Davies is a York-based artist who recently installed a major piece in the new council offices. She works mainly in the medium of embroidery thread, responding to the architecture in which the piece is located. Her work reflects the precision and repetition of traditional, often female labour - with this particular piece taking untold hours to thread some 10,000 metres of thread through 2,000 hooks across the 5 panels.

Watching the art work come to life was a great experience, with genuine tension as the delicate panels were squeezed into the medieval window frames through seemingly impossible crevasses, and relief as everything somehow managing to remain intact and undamaged.

What struck me about this piece was how it seemed to balance contrasting characteristics to create a really unifying art work - it is bold in colour and form, yet subtle against the ancient stone; symmetrical in design, yet endlessly varied as the light plays on the threads through the sway of the leaves of the surrounding trees.

Returning to the piece a week later, it seems entirely at home in its surroundings, and a shame that it will only remain in place for such a limited time. Definitely one to enjoy while it lasts.