MEMBERS of the public will be invited to help recreate a work of contemporary art using 9,700 plastic spoons assisting – Huddersfield artist Dr Jill Townsley.
The installation, Spoons, will run alongside an exhibition of her work at Huddersfield Art Gallery from January 26 until April 13.
Jill, who is senior lecturer and course leader in contemporary art and illustration at the University of Huddersfield, will be showing a number of pictures, sculptures and installations previously seen at a solo exhibition held in Washington DC.
It was her first solo show in the USA and came about after some of her works were exhibited in the New York Museum of Art and Design.
Jill’s works explore the role of repetition in art production and attracted critical acclaim in the States. The Washington Post’s art critic said she had a “subversive sense of play”.
Among the works to be reinstalled in Huddersfield will be Till Rolls, a painstaking assembly of hundreds of paper tills rolls – creating a strange cityscape; and a collection of stones, gathered from the bed of a moorland stream above the artist’s Marsden home and coated with nail varnish.
Jill will also be showing pictures and video installations.
During the Huddersfield exhibition, which has been entitled Sisyphus after the mythological creature doomed to push a boulder up a hill forever, Jill will stage the creation of Spoons at a venue to be arranged in the town centre.
“It consists of 9,700 plastic spoons, three of which are held together with a rubber band to make a little tripod and then they tessellate an eight-foot high, three-sided pyramid,” said Jill.
Eventually, the structure, which is filmed continuously, collapses.
Jill will also be looking for students to help her reinstall Till Rolls at her exhibition, which is part of a series names Rotor, showcasing the work and research of university art lecturers.