An assistant is a person (or by extension a device) that helps another person accomplish their goals

Bearspace in association with Peer Sessions, presents an exhibition project entitled The Assistant. From 14th-29th May and 4th-19th June exhibitions will pair up an emerging artist, who will create the artwork, with an established artist who will instruct them. The established artist will send the emerging artist, or assistant, a list of rules one month prior to the exhibition opening, rules which will detail how the established artist wishes the work to be created and/or installed. This blog contains updates on their progress whilst a parallel page collects discussions around the idea of being an assistant and stories shared by other 'assistants' across the arts.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Screening of artists’ short films 28th May 2010

bak 2 skool (2009) The War Boutique - Video still

The Hangover (2010) Kristen lovelock- Video still

BLACK FIRE (2010) Melissa Bugarella - Video still

As part of the project, members of peer sessions were invited to submit a short film of 5 minutes or less which they had produced in response to the setting of rules or limits of some kind. These were screened on Friday 28th May at the gallery as part of Deptford last fridays.

The concept of using reduced means and imposed rules as facilitators for artistic production, via the setting of instructions by an outside party, in this case an established artist, with the emerging artist working in an assistant like role, has been key to the project. With the selected works for the screening, the artists themselves had set their own instructions, which gave an insight into their particular working methods.

Many thanks to Rachel Russell for putting the selection together.

Hyemin Son My Flag, 2007

Rosemary Little The Hollywood Collection, 2010

The War Boutique bak 2 skool, 2009

Melissa Bugarella BLACK FIRE, 2010

Georgia Rodger Music box, 2010

Sabrina You Don’t know What You Are Missing, 2010

Jihye Park I Am Getting To Know You Better All The Time, 2010

Rachel Russell Untitled (feat. Sean Price), 2009

Chinmoyi Patel 22 Chronicles of my favourite pastime no. 8, 2007

Kristen Lovelock The Hangover, 2010

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