A. Spackman - Artistic statement
My highly eclectic practice avoids specificity in areas of interest,
discipline or formats, actively operating in the uncategorized areas
between. My work involves pursuing and orchestrating a wide set of interrelated
concerns that are often elusive and difficult to locate. I am interesting
in perusing ideas and processes that result in artefacts that oscillate
in uncertain ‘flux space’. An ultra thin space of uncertainty
where something can become nothing and nothing can become something.
Avoidance is also paramount. Avoiding specificity, definition, categorization,
solidity and polar opposites. The work is deliberately evasive, slippery
and yet carefully avoids the ephemeral.
‘Book A’ – 160 page book
of images/photographs – Published by CSAD
Both the potential and difficulty is articulated in the work, Book A,
which is a collection of images without hierarchy. Ideas, projects and
abandoned projects, time and space coexist and collide, creating a sense
of possibilities, and yet at the same time often deliberately mislead
the viewer. This work is about avoidance and operating between certainties
in order to achieve work that is ‘slippery’, problematic
and provisional. The book has an almost childlike restlessness, a mecurial
shifting from one idea to the next without assigning value, attempting
fixed meanings or locating themes.
The process is often flippant, seemingly wasteful and distracted, and
yet visual democracy, empathy, value and micro utopian ideals are also
present. Ultimately, everything exists in tension ‘between things’.
This tension is both a product and by-product of my own personal intuitive
thinking and making processes. I can never quite decide, and so this
becomes integral to the work and its potential to explore things. In
place of ‘decisions’, are a careful proposal and navigation
of circumstances, that push and pull ideas and the work within this
flux space. Where and what this space is, is both elusive and alluring
at the same time.
Foundation Stone - Kunstverein
Foundation Stone is a physical extension and play on some of these ideas.
The work suggests a beginning moment in the history of the space where
it is located, although it is not clear where this moment lies. The
work is a set statements of proposed projects intended specially for
the space. However, any attempt to take these projects forward, beyond
merely stating them, would have resulted in an artwork of ‘heaviness’
rather than ‘lightness’ (operating in flux space).
Although the piece is a physical almost sculptural object, it is constructed
of materials that themselves have elusive weight and value. Dense blue
sponge is a surprising expensive material in relation to its weight
and so the Foundation Stone again is moved yet closer to the edge of
instability. However, the use of blue sponge also relates to earlier
work and activity, meaning the reason for its appearance here is contained
both in the work as well as within an internal self referential dialogue
in my own practice.