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Frieze Foundation: Frieze Projects East open as part of London 2012 Festival.
David Burlak, 3rd November 2012
“bringing together leading artists from across the world”
On the occasion of the Frieze Art Fair London 2012, it worth to talk about the Frieze Projects East that was Frieze Foundation’s first curated and produced programme in public spaces. Opened on 18th July 2012, Frieze Projects Eastwas a series of six new public art projects that form part of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.
The artists that took part in Frieze Projects East are: Can Altay, Sarnath Banerjee, Anthea Hamilton & Nicholas Byrne, Gary Webb and Klaus Weber, as well as Ruth Ewan, the recipient of the CREATE art award. The series has been programmed by Frieze Foundation curator Sarah McCrory.
Frieze Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 2003 and had since produced 97 new works from 132 artists. It is responsible for the curated programme at Frieze Fair. Together with Frieze Projects, the Foundation oversees Frieze Talks, Frieze Music, Frieze Education and Frieze Film. In 2011 Frieze Foundation introduced the Emdash Award.
The Frieze Projects East have taken place in the six east London Host Boroughs for the London 2012 Olympic and
Paralympic Games: Barking & Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.
Frieze Projects East was commissioned by CREATE and The London 2012 Festival. The series received significant funding support from the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor and Arts Council England.
CREATE commissions and produces work by emerging local artists and established international figures, and brings east London’s young residents behind the scenes with a programme of workshops, skills development and job placements. CREATE 2012’s main sponsor is Deutsche Bank.
Sarah McCrory has been the curator for Frieze Foundation since late 2009 and has been responsible for the Projects and Film at Frieze London for the past three years. She said of the new series: ‘For the first time Frieze Foundation is producing a number of projects outside Frieze Art Fair. Frieze Projects East is to take place in the Olympic host boroughs of east London, where Frieze is based and in which many of us live. The projects have relationships with the communities in which they are based but stay true to the artists’ vision and ambition.’
Ruth Mackenzie, Director of Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, remarked: ‘We’re delighted to be a co-commissioner of Frieze Projects East, which is one of the highlights of the London 2012 Festival.’
Hadrian Garrard, CREATE Director, observed: ‘CREATE works to connect artists with the communities of east London in ambitious, surprising and meaningful ways. So we are delighted to be working with Frieze Foundation and bringing their internationally- renowned programme to east London for the first time.’
The London 2012 Festival was a 12-week nationwide celebration that running until 9 September bringing together leading
artists from across the world with the best from the UK.
The CREATE 2012 summer programme has run until the end of August and featured new commissions and artistic collaborations in numerous venues across east London. The CREATE Art Award is the largest participatory art award in the UK and is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Can Altay (b. 1975) is a Turkish artist based in Istanbul. Can Altay’s artwork, “Distributed”, were found distributed across key buildings in Waltham Forest. Over twenty large mirror-ball like sculptures were placed on doors. The works were intended to be touched, used and handled by the local communities that live and work in Waltham Forest. Accompanying the artwork, a series of discursive pamphlets will be published and distributed. Altay’s temporary residence at the William Morris Gallery during August will consist of workshops and talks discussing and recording reactions to the artwork.
Sarnath Banerjee (b. 1972) is an Indian artist based in New Delhi and Berlin. Sarnath Banerjee presented “Gallery of Losers, (Non-performers, almost-winners, underachievers, almost-made-its)”. His graphic illustrations will be presented across
posters, billboards, local newspapers and hoardings throughout the Olympic boroughs. Banerjee’s humorous graphic narratives reference and draw on the shared history of competitive sport, from the personal to the universal, and the local to the international. The stories depict his own failed forays into amateur sports, alongside better known partial successes in Olympic history. Banerjee’s work taps into a collective consciousness of sporting near misses – or, the people who almost made it – and aims to resonate with both local communities and visitors to the London 2012 games.
Anthea Hamilton (b. 1978) and Nicholas Byrne (b. 1979) are British artists based in London. Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne presented “Love”. They inhabited Poplar Baths with large brightly coloured suspended and free-standing inflatable sculptures. Referencing the famous LOVE sculpture by American artist Robert Indiana, Byrne and Hamilton’s installation also draws on the visual languages of art deco – inspired by the period in which the building was re-opened as a vibrant bathhouse, music hall and theatre. The inflatables incorporate influences from advertising, popular culture, psychedelia and an underlying cheeky sexuality. Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne’s collaboration extends the duo’s interest in the theatrical and sensory experience of art. The project allowed visitors to access the spectacular art deco interior of Poplar Baths which first opened in 1852. Rebuilt in the 1930s as a huge sport, health and leisure complex; the baths has been closed to the public since the early 1980s.
Gary Webb (b. 1973) is a British artist based in London. Gary Webb’s “Squeaky Clean”, the commission for Frieze Projects East has seen the construction of a permanent and interactive public sculpture that installed within the popular community Charlton Park, Greenwich. Built from steamed wood, polished aluminium and cast resin, the work combines brightly coloured and large-scale public sculpture with elements of modular playground equipment. Webb’s sculptural exploration into material and form and his E-number saccharine colour-palette is available for children to clamber on as a living artwork.
Klaus Weber (b. 1967) is a German artist based in Berlin. Klaus Weber presented “Sandfountain” in Newham. His
commission was a distinctive take on a traditional way to artificially ornament a site. ‘Sandfountain’ took the form of a traditional three-tiered fountain but will be engineered to propel sand rather than water. The artist has made several previous fountain projects. Like them, ‘Sandfountain’ is part visual-pun, part spectacle, both confounding our material expectations and emphasising its own artifice.
Ruth Ewan (b. 1980) is a British artist based in London. Ruth Ewan has won the CREATE Art Award for “The Liberties of the Savoy”. Artist Ruth Ewan has been working with a group of creative mentors and more than 200 young people from across east London to create “The Liberties of the Savoy”, drawing inspiration from events that took place in 14th-century London. On 17 July, young people from across the six Olympic host boroughs travelled to The Savoy’s Lancaster Ballroom to create a unique event inspired by the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. Throughout the planning and execution of the event, the young participants have been made responsible for every aspect of the project including the menu, music, performance, design and transport. They are temporarily granted Liberties of the Savoy for one afternoon. The event is exclusively for the participants while the process and final event will be documented on film and in print.