Shiny Surface Amnesty is a two part project by Joanne Masding
, beginning with a two week residency in the main gallery space and culminating in an exhibition In The Window, running until January 6th, 2016. During her residency, Masding attempted to capture the glitz of the festive season, celebrating the overload of shiny surfaces attached to tinsel, baubles and lights.
The residency opened with an advertisement for a call for unwanted Christmas decorations, the shimmery results of which Masding has worked with and presents in the window space. She has explored the shiny goods through video, photography and sculpture, and used processes including deconstruction, abstraction, and remaking to investigate their surfaces and attempt to capture the glitz of the festive season. She is interested in the way we consider the worth, ownership and production of physical stuff, and through this garish and celebratory project considers the absurdity of the human practices that take place at the peak of the consumer year. Shiny Surface Amnesty celebrates throwaway, unwanted, sparkly items and aims to draw attention to our visceral experience of them, and the way we encounter them.
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Shiny Surface Amnesty is a project delivered in partnership with Turning Point West Midlands
and New Art Gallery Walsall
's Professional Artist Development programme.
Joanne Masding is an artist working in Birmingham. Recent exhibitions include; ‘The Place of the Scene' at Bloc Projects, Sheffield, ‘Birmingham Show’ at Eastside Projects, Birmingham and 'Lacquer Moving Lightly' at Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh (solo). She has been artist in residence at 501 Artspace, Chongqing, China; Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin, Ireland and Digital Artist Residency, online. In 2015 she developed a residency for Berlin-based artist Katharina Ludwig, in collaboration with Grand Union, Birmingham.