w20 Studio is a collaboration between two artists, Kirsty Lowry and Liam Jolly. Support from a New Collaborations bursary award has given them the opportunity to spend concentrated time sharing a studio and working together to experiment with and challenge their respective practices.
For this project they have worked to try and understand the nature of collaboration and when and why ideas, artworks, projects, audience and the relationships between them come together to make sense – and when, sometimes, they don't.
Although there are evident connections in their work – both artists, for example, have a recurring curiosity about how art is viewed, and considering and manipulating the audience experience is an inherent part of their work – other aspects of the project remain purposely embedded in the artists' respective approaches.
Lowry's predominant interest is in environmental psychology, considering how the environmental conditions of the spaces we build and inhabit affect mood, health, wellbeing and behaviour. Jolly is interested in challenging our assumptions about what we're presented with; his work operates in the space between what something appears to be and what it actually is.
For One For The Frog at Back Lane West, w20 Studio is inviting the audience into an interactive environment, in which the boundaries between art installation and social space become intentionally blurred.
This work in progress event is an opportunity for the artists to test what happens when their work and ideas become animated with the audience present. Join in from 7pm at Back Lane West on Friday.
See www.w20studio.com for more information.