I’ve got a picture included in the Waterside Arts Open Exhibition which runs from 15 March to Saturday 19 May 2018 – It’s called Open/Close, Up/Down and looks like this:
Err… Or this:
Because it’s a lenticular print (one of those 3-D things that appear to move as you move, which you used to get inside boxes of cereal). So it actually looks like this:
Only you can’t see it like that in the gallery because it’s stuck to a wall – You have to do the moving to watch Helen’s eyes open and close – Which is where it gets weird and wobbly as you have to contort yourself and squint to see her face – This is because the two images do not exactly overlap one another and rather than the lenses that make a lenticular image work running from top to bottom as you’d expect, they run horizontally. All of which may or may not explain why the piece is called Open/Close, Up/Down and will hopefully baffle people into contortions, or move them quickly on to another piece.
I entered three pieces into the exhibition, naturally, this was the ‘filler’ and the other two pieces were rejected. The 2018 Open is the sixth time Waterside have run the exhibition and the third (I think) time I’ve entered. I had a sound installation in it four(?) years ago called 100 Breaths Per Minute, which goes like this: