The other week I paid a visit to Claire Farrell of EC-Arts who was setting up the base for her current project 48 Sheet in one of the many empty shop units in the Mailbox. Claire, youâ€™ll remember, was responsible for my exhibition at the Library last year which challenged me in such a way that I pretty much quit the style of art I was doing (TTV photography) and started from scratch again (the stuff youâ€™re seeing on this site right now). So it was good to catch up.
I hadnâ€™t submitted anything to 48 Sheet because I donâ€™t think Iâ€™m ready right now but having talked to her about it I thought Iâ€™d see how I might approach it. With 48 Sheet sheâ€™s acquired a bunch of billboards around the city which artists can use as exhibition space. Some are alone, some are clustered. And thatâ€™s about it. The artists have a large rectangle to play with.
I decided to take the IMG_4228 piece as a starting point and downloaded 1,568 photos from a “Selly Oak” search on Flickr using the Bulkr app. A churned these through the same process as IMG_4228 and came up with this:
Which I then composited onto a screenshot from Google Maps (above). Itâ€™s fairly pleasing, though Iâ€™m not sure exactly what itâ€™s saying.
The next step, I guess, would be to sample other areas in Birmingham and see how they compare. Maybe Iâ€™ll try that later.
- BYOB Prelinger