Artists have been digging deep for inspiration in a new experimental exhibition to open today.
The new Roadside Museum project, led by artists Gordon Culshaw and John O’Hare, has seen the ageing process of works fast forwarded through biological and chemical decay.
Thirteen artist were invited to bury their work, unprotected, six feet underground on a farm in the North West for 12 months.
The burial site was selected as having a high water table with acidic soil, with the hope that this would speed up the degradation process.
Now the works have been excavated and, during the summer, the artists were given the time to develop an appropriate way to present their work.
The exhibition, which runs at FYCreatives from today until October 15, is the first chance to see the resulting works.
Coun Christine Wright, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for heritage and culture, said: “This exhibition really is a living experiment and I’m fascinated to see what the artworks will look like.
“It will also be interesting to see if they change over the life of the exhibition.
“This should be a really challenging exhibit and one which I hope people will really enjoy.”
The project, the creators say, provides the opportunity for a range of media to be considered in relation to the progression of time and decomposition, while providing unique documentation of the West Lancashire region.
It has been conceived as an experimental ‘art’ residency due to the predicted physical transformation of the objects which reside on the farm for 12 months and how the artists and viewers engage with and respond to this change.
For further information about the project please visit http://roadsidemuseum.blogspot.co.uk/