, dickie webb
Nope this isn’t a post about some amazing achievement or that I have somehow have a bank account in the black. Its more of a reflection on what success is for me, and specifically in my art practice. Whilst teaching here in Saas Fee (means to fund my art practice) I get asked a lot by my guests whether my artwork/practice is successful. The two means for validation lie mainly on me telling them whether I sell my work regularly or am I famous. I guess in this day and age you know one unless you are on some list of success even if you are Z list Celeb…
I am honest with my guests, I am not known however like most emerging artists we are labeled so for that very reason. As for selling, it has not been a focus within my practice to make specifically objects. Commodifying an art practice is something we all contemplate throughout our years. However at present I rely on my snowboard coaching as a source of income whilst I develop my voice and direction in my practice.
Success for me is nothing to do with money or notoriety and its something I feel is harder to gain. It is purely one thing for me and the works I make which is conversation or discussion (discourse if you want art-speak 2.0). This very basic element within the art world and beyond is not that easy to gain. Yes in the era of social media it is easy to put work out there for more to see but to hear back is not so simple. There is very little echo from the majority of not just my work but my peers. The little that does come back is more of support from fellow creatives who spur you on. However for me I seek success in the form of something more in the conversation that good art creates. Don’t get me wrong this is not purely about adulation or people describing works as life changing its the chat surrounding how it engages and interacts on different levels and people. This discussion is not always sought from those that like or get the work but rather negative and constructive response is just as valid. I come from a belief that good work is so when you have a response to it this can be in the form or negative: repulsion, hate or anger. Whilst also the positive: resonates, refreshes perspective or challenges existence. Work that sits in the middle is what just fades.
Following on from my previous post about being adrift, the reason to currently make work whilst not be located within a place or group. I see this isolation as a hard time to know where to exhibit or present work when I barely exist. For me the motivation of making work when I deep down know that the rational for the work being successful is this conversation adds to stalling of making. The works are still there in my head and whilst I navigate the next few years I will create. However finding a means to connect with networks or environments where I can gage the validity of the work is part of the process and for me right now is the biggest challenge.
, Art Residency
, dickie webb
, experimental sound
, sound art
Since arriving here in Stockton my time has been spent exploring not just the local landscape but also my current limits of my practice. I came here looking to examine how I install current workings of sonic works and how I can develop or bridge the gap that I find between what I am making and what I am trying to offer.
The first few weeks were spent contemplating speaker architecture and how installing speaker drivers within a form that dissolved or collapsed whilst it functioned worked. Drawing on the inspiration of the local area and its regeneration hopes/plans. I have been thinking heavily about addition and reduction as methods of creation both in sound and process works. Glitch process that I have been known to use is a perfect example of how regeneration seems to operate, existing ideology is rehashed the result is urban planning that though clearly considered it is not until it is implemented you realise the functional errors of such planning.
The focus on heritage and community, the life and death of generations that have called a place home. The time that passes by and the marks those leave on a place last longer than structures in many cases. Replacing old is not something that should be done without consideration and awareness for those that live within it. The Auxiliary residency is based within a community that is exposed to many different social factors. It is an opportunity to live within a place that is struggling to come to terms with how it should function. The oddity is that with all the trials and time that it takes to rejuvenate a place it somehow still continues, functions without much thought. Time will change the nature of a community however daily this is not something that is really brought to your attention as each day was like the last.
Mid way through this residency my father has a stroke which alongside my research here at the Auxiliary has given me a new perspective. Seeing a parent go through a life changing moment in their existence brings reality home. I have recently been back and forth between the residency and my parents to see how my father has progressed with his recovery. Even though I have not been making as much as I would of hoped it has provided much needed reflection, thinking more about the sound works that have been started yet not finished. The last few weeks here in Stockton I hope to realise some new works with little or no focus on completion yet more or presenting something that is mobile/fluid and evolving.
Interesting short about Thea Djordjadze and her works. The importance she puts on the title being part or the work or addition rather than an explanation or a throw away remark. The work and title go together it is part of the work.
I am finding myself drawn to to practices that seem to be visually similar. I am not sure if this is a need by me to make works in this vain or whether they are just comforting and digestible on my part. However the works by Thea Djordjadze are by no means simple or something I think are easy to make. The comprehension of space and 3D composition are intelligent and the execution is beautiful. Some of the works are as though you are holding your breath, a savoured moment that is enjoyed for a brief second.