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Introducing Liam Taylor

Inflated Inspirations will use art created by those on the ‘Pop My Mind’ forum for inspiration for the completed work.  We will take a look at each artist in turn to find out a bit more about them.

Image Liam Taylor

Liam Taylor is a composer for multimedia and music technician from Cambridge. He has created a variety of pieces for Pop My Mind including electronic minimalism, sound designs and more traditional pop & rock compositions. Most intriguing are his creations centred around audio-visual interaction and image sonification.

Sonification is a way of digitally translating data or still visuals into audio. Liam takes works from the Pop My Mind community, and uses software to translate them into raw audio files, which are then manipulated in his recording studio. His pieces entitled Black Hole Sonification and Waves Sonification demonstrate the creative potential of sonification, with the latter introducing more reconizably “musical” ideas.

In 2016 Liam transformed these and other pieces into a live performance, using MIDI triggers, loopers and Video-DJ software, for Pop My Mind’s Sonification Live event.

Liam will be making recordings of the inflation of the balloons as well as the ‘Popping Event’ at the end to create a new piece of work.

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Introducing Roseanne Ganley

Inflated Inspirations will use art created by those on the ‘Pop My Mind’ forum for inspiration for the completed work.  We will take a look at each artist in turn to find out a bit more about them.

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Our second featured artist is Roseanne.

Roseanne Ganley is a spoken word performer, writer and creative interested in creating works that inspire and influence her creative practice. Roseanne has explored the use of digital photography, spoken word and the written word on the Pop My Mind platform, speaking out about issues surrounding conformity, struggles with anxiety and depression and the expression of her love and passion for travel.

 

As well as using one of her pieces for inspiration for the work, Roseanne will also be composing and performing a new piece of work for the opening event.

Introducing Ant

Inflated Inspirations will use art created by those on the ‘Pop My Mind’ forum for inspiration for the completed work.  We will take a look at each artist in turn to find out a bit more about them.

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Our first featured artist is Anthony Wooding.

Ant is a rather restless artist who experiments in different paints and digital format. Much of his work delves into spiritual and philosophical themes. In 2013 he had an exhibition of his ‘Native American inspired’ work in Ipswich Town Hall, and gave a talk about it, with which he subsequently went ‘on the road’. He regularly appeared at The Freudian Sheep in Ipswich. 6 monthly exhibitions of work by local artists take place at his firm, Kerseys Solicitors, and the firm itself takes a major place in promoting the arts in Ipswich and beyond.

Ant uploaded to PMM a new work ‘Non Pseudo Man’ which was ‘sonified’ by Liam Taylor. He was fascinating to hear his own art work ‘talk back’ to him! Later he was private messaging at length about the PPM art and matters arty generally with fellow artist Michelle Bowden. He liked the strong images she creates, on the border of representational and abstract. They exchanged images and drawings in the messaging. This led her to upload the messaging string ITSELF as a work which he latter popped with his own work ‘Conversation Piece’!

Also from this exchange Anthony created for PMM ‘Green Man’, based on a painting he had done but altered into something else entirely by successive digital layering and manipulation. The whole essence of the Green Man figure in history is how one can represent humanity at one within nature, not trying to dominate nature. Stone craftsmen in medieval churches used to sneak in ‘green men’ in little nooks as a kind of antidote to the homocentric religious images they were contracted to produce. Ant’s original painting imagined a stain glass of Green Man in Church, an image resonating back to this juxtaposition. The modern digitalisation of his original ‘Green Man’ seems to build on this ancient tradition as the face seems to fade further back within the ‘leafy’ layers. When Samuel contacted Ant about ‘Inspiring Installations’ and said he would like to use one of his works, Ant says he knew immediately that it must be ‘Green Man’ that was the one he meant. Samuel said he would try to pop ‘Green Man’ with balloon art, and Ant really looks forward to seeing that.

Inspiration - Green Man

We are currently looking for people to help us with the inflation of around 10,000 balloons.  You don’t need any experience in balloon art, so if you fancy having a go please click here for more details.

 

iiart is Launched

Samuel Stamp-Dod with balloon maze in backgroundA team of artists and a law firm from Ipswich have joined forces to host an exhibition of sculptures – made from balloons.

Kerseys Solicitors is sponsoring Inflated Inspirations, which is balloon art based on the work of Pop My Mind (PMM).

Award-winning balloon artist Samuel Stamp-Dod of VIP Balloons came up with the idea to make the online work physical – albeit just for a couple of weeks.

The former Suffolk College performing arts student said: “I loved the PMM idea, whereby one artist inspires another’s work and so on. I wanted to create a balloon sculpture which also had an artistic message.

“I would like people to see the art first and then notice the balloons. The exhibition would only last a couple of weeks at most because the balloons will deflate.

“But I want it to be as eye-catching and fun as possible during its lifespan.”

Samuel will team up with a dozen other balloon artists and guide them in building the exhibition. The work will take a week to prepare – and the exhibition will run for 11 days, PMM, an online hub for artists of all disciplines, sees one artist upload their work, such as a drum beat or the first lines of a story to which other artists respond in whichever medium they wish – known as ‘popping.’

Anthony Wooding, managing partner of Kerseys and a published artist, said: “This time PMM’s work may indeed go ‘pop’ while in balloon form. I love the work that both Samuel and PMM do and I think it will make for a great event.”

The work will see a full-size tree grow from the centre of the gallery – with its branches leading out to new works inspired by pieces in the PMM collection.

The exhibition will be immersive and interactive – encouraging visitors to walk through, touch and explore the art.

Oliver Squirrell, a musician and photographer, set up PMM for painters, film-makers, musicians, poets and creative artists.

He said: “Most people have seen balloon models at fetes and festivals. But this will be taking things much further and creating designs that tell a story. It will challenge you to think of balloon art in the same way as you might view theatre, pottery or even paintings.”

Samuel added: “We’re really pleased that Kerseys is on-board. I’d met Anthony at a networking event and became aware of his love for the arts. So, Kerseys were the first people I approached to support us and they have been a great help.”

The exhibition is free to all members of the public. A range of activities will be hosted during the day which will be suitable for children and families, followed by entertainment in the evening geared towards adults.

The exhibition will be held at the Waterfront Gallery, part of the University of Suffolk, this summer [from Friday, July 28, to Monday, August 7].

Kerseys Confirmed As Sponsors

We are delighted to announce that Kerseys Solicitors of Ipswich have confirmed their sponsorship of Ipswich’s first balloon art installation.

Anthony Wooding, Managing Partner and Solicitor at Kerseys is also an artist with work on the Pop My Mind forum.  His oil painting of the Green Man is going to be one of the many pieces of art that will inspire the installation as a whole.

We are delighted that, with their support, we will be able to bring this new and interesting art form to the people of Suffolk.

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