I'm holding an exhibition in my house in a few days time. It's the first time I've been involved in working with this many artists and it's been really exciting and absorbing.
I have eleven artists in total. They are all showing new work, or adapting old pieces of work for the house.
I didn't set out with a particular theme in mind, and I didn't put a call out for work to be submitted for selection. I've been going to lots of exhibition openings and public talks and meeting people and finding out about their practices. I suppose I've picked up on things that interest me, and maybe work that relates to my own practice to some extent.
I've become more and more enthused about it as the process has developed. I love to find the connections and symmetries between things, and this is an interweaving of other people's ideas and communications. It's very different from making your own work too. The emotional engagement is different.
It seems to be an exhibition about concealing and revealing, intruding and stealing. When you take something, perhaps something of someone else's, and put into a new context its meaning changes. There is a lot of language in the show too. It seems to be a reflection of my own preoccupations, which is I suppose how curating works.
Once the show is over I will put up some images and descriptions. Almost every room is being used, including the garden and the toilet, which is hosting a sound piece with headphones. A writer is giving a reading on the staircase. The spare room is being blacked out and fitted out with spotlights and motion sensors. There are three films and one artist's book. The front room will be emptied so that we can show several assemblages on plinths made from my private and personal possessions. A house across the street is hosting a piece of work that will be viewed from my bedroom window with field glasses.
It's just great. I've spent months constantly alone. Now I'm well I'm out meeting people, having interesting conversations, hearing about their lives. Having people over. Things are happening.
I'm enthused. It's good.