EXHIBITION REVIEW – TALES OF THE UNFINISHABLE
New Brewery Arts – Cirencester
I for one, have lots of unfinished projects, UFO’s some people call them, unfinished objects. The current exhibition at New Brewery Arts caught my imagination as I was intrigued by the stories behind the pieces as to why the maker has never or will never complete them but still holds onto it, perhaps in the hope that they may. The room is filled with a large fabric pavilion that you enter almost as soon you walk into the space encouraging you to become engrossed by the visual display of “work in progress” whilst half listening to the background auditory aspect of the personal stories behind why a piece was not completed. Some are quite moving, connected to loved ones dying whilst others are more familiar than that, the creator simply lost interest. This is a touring exhibition and one that evolves constantly as more and more people donate their unfinished textiles along with a personal story.
They are calling for work that meets the following criteria:
- has been unfinished for some time but somehow you can’t discard or rework it
- is not a piece that has been halted purely due to lack of time
- has a story – a reason why it has come to a halt or why it can’t be discarded
I am considering doing this but I intend to attend the workshop first Unfinished Textiles where the idea is to donate to a ‘pool’ of pieces where they will be deconstructed, reconstructed, recycled and re-made into a more resolved bit of work.