‘Handle to the ground’, is a permanent outdoor installation developed after a ten-week residency in New Victoria Gardens, Glasgow.
What interested me most about a residency within the context of these allotments was the transient sense of land ownership – if nobody and everybody owns the land then how to engage with the social context? I began by building a woodcraft shelter which acted as an open air studio and workshop for the duration of the summer.
This structure was inspired by temporary woodland dwellings and workshops built by the charcoal makers and ‘bodgers’ of the early industrial era. It acted as a platform to experiment with ways to involve traditional techniques and craft genres in the production of new sculpture.
Project with Jenny Crowe Commissions
Photography: Alan Dimmick
During the annual Flower Show at New Victoria Gardens, artist James Mclardy will be present to discuss his project “News from Nowhere”.
He has installed a makeshift bodger’s workshop in the Gardens and intends to use this to experiment with possible uses of traditional woodcraft in the production of his sculpture.
James was selected to undertake a residency and commission for New Victoria Gardens earlier this year. He has been developing artworks in response to the allotment setting, exploring aspects of green design and the self-sufficiency movement. James has invited people to work with him at the Gardens to involve members of the community in these creative activities. The residency will lead to a permanent commission on-site.
Art Consultants, Jenny Crowe Commissions