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Process Works at Unit 2 Gallery

Helen Carnac
Process Works


Art & Design Gallery
University of Hertfordshire
and touring

January 18 - February 24, 2007
tour dates in 2007

curation, editing and development of catalogue, participation in exhibition.

publicity for University of Hertfordshire exhibition

Process Works aims to understand and make explicit the discreet languages of making and their specificity to individual practice. Examining this through the curation and contribution to an exhibition and catalogue, Carnac developed a series of edited essays and maker interviews for publication alongside individual writings and artefact production. This enabled for the first time the positioning of Carnac as maker/curator, the examination of curator and curated, a comparative analysis of internal/external direction and criticism.

Within this project, the questions Carnac sought to examine were:
1. How can the act of making be understood both internally and externally of practice?
2. Is the act more understandable when the viewer can encounter the process?
3. How can process be examined in exhibitions - as a journey, an examination of thought, meaning, materials and ideas?

Process Works catalogue

The exhibition toured across 2 subsequent venues: Unit 2, London, July 2007 and Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, October 2007, at which curatorial response to venue and location were further examined. Artists' talks were held at all venues.

Slideshow: Helen Carnac - Process Works

The project was reviewed in Mark Lewis, Process Works: An exploration of the creative inspiration and developmental work of five contemporary jewellers, Findings, June 2007, p7.

Following this project, Carnac has been appointed co-curator of the Craftspace national touring exhibition Slow (2009). Within Slow, the discreet positioning of maker as curator will be further tested. A research cluster, Practice and Voice, is under formation, building upon related research activities such as David Gates' Lost for Words and Paul Harper's Poetics of Making

Related output:
Paul Harper: Process Works

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