Take a Seat
GEORGIA THORNTON SPARKES
SCULPTURE + ENVIRONMENTAL ART- GSA '18
Take a Seat is a site-responsive, participatory piece where audiences are invited to grab a chair and rest whilst they view degree show work. "My practice (and the work) is concerned with how physical interactions with an object can reestablish the relationship between art, audience and curator. Degree shows are intense and prematurely shoe-horned into presenting an idea of a 'finished' piece of work, where many students are just beginning to understand their practice or concept. No matter how great the work, degree shows are extremely busy, exhausting, and spaced out through necessity, rather than curation".
"Another interest within my work was to establish some authorship as to how audiences wanted to use the chairs. My overall intention with degree show and this particular work was to hand over control and therefore its outcome or meaning through audience interaction, or lack thereof".
Our experience of the chairs was of delight, intrigue and pleasure. The fact that Georgia chose a traditional-looking chair rather than some crafted thing of beauty meant that visitors approached the experiment without hesitation. Other subtle choices such as miniaturisation and the addition of straps encouraged us to use them even more, enjoying moments of rest amidst the chaos.
Georgia's practice is driven by institutional critique, the artist as curator and assumed authorship, particularly in regards to how art and curating influence how people are intended to view work, an idea or environment. Responding to physical space and human behaviour, she alters simple elements in order to generate an atmosphere or experience, making sculptural works interactive.
Photography by Declan Malone, dmalone.co.uk.