To see MONSTER become a reality Giles
Walker needs your help. The artist has set up a crowdfunding campaign in which all donations will help build this incredible installation.
To support the project and view the rewards you can receive in exchange, click here.
We hope you consider helping the talented artist create this amazing piece.
Now, more on that from the artists themselves...
Mike Snelle of artist duo The Connor Brothers has been a great admirer and friend of Giles Walkers' for years. The two artists have collaborated on various different projects throughout the
years, including Mike Snelle's 2012 'Museum of Curiosity' in Soho and the 'Wondrous Obsessions: The Art of Collecting' group show at Hang-Up Gallery curated by The Connor
The story of their meeting and first collaboration is an interesting one and involves what is perhaps Giles' most well-known project, 'The Last Supper'.
Mike Snelle - We first met at around 2008 after I saw Peep Show somewhere and asked around who the artist was and a couple of weeks later you came by to see me. We were both reading Fraction of The Whole which seemed a good omen. You went away for a year and came back with The Last Supper which was singularly the best installation we ever put on. It's since travelled the world and spent time in a dedicated room in The Science Museum. Rumour is that your next project is more ambitious yet, and I can't wait to experience it. Can you tell me a little bit about what people can expect?
One of Giles Walker's multimedia pieces in 'Wondrous Obsessions: The Art of Collecting'
The private view of 'Wondrous Obsessions: The Art of Collecting'
M.S. The Last Supper was loosely based on our culture's relationship to religion and Christianity in particular, following the death of your Mum. Does Monster similarly explore a particular theme or themes?
This piece of sculpture looks at things like ‘language' where words are manipulated so frequently that they become meaningless…and as they do, so do we…or feel we do.
There is a buzz word going about at the moment called ‘post truth’ but when were we really ever living in a time of truth? We have always been lied to. Ironically, these lies became the very foundations societies built themselves upon. But the lies have gradually been exposed either by the deceived, and their newly acquired access to information, or by those who no longer benefit from them (and need new ones). Leaving us feeling cheated, lost, and vulnerable.
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M.S. Your work has always had an anarchic element to it, not in a shouty preachy way but something to do with working beyond and outside the conventional art world. Monster is going to be the same, not housed or funded by a gallery, and reaching out to an audience far larger and more diverse than conventional gallery events. It's also going to be free. What's the thinking behind this way of presenting your work?
I am not against showing my work in galleries...in fact, sometimes I think its best suited there...however with my installations I think that the venue I show them in strongly influences the piece in unpredictable ways. Gives them another dimension. The venues in which I have showed The Last Supper have varied enormously in style and have made the work, and the audiences experience of it, unique to that location. I like the way that the environment becomes part of the piece. A last-minute guest. MONSTER is going to be shown in an old warehouse in Deptford. The place is due for demolition after the show. This fact gives the venue a role in the piece that is already totally relevant to the concepts underlying the work as a whole.
Walk the Plank by Giles Walker
Thank you, Mike and Giles,
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Don't forget you can also view the artists' available sculptures and collages in his collection here.
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