Random Acts of Art
For Random Acts of Art, three artists who emphasise social exchange in their practice, were invited to develop new work over the course of a two-month intensive residency at Spacex. Volkhardt Mueller, Lady Lucy and Amy Feneck researched the social and historical context of the West Quarter of Exeter and developed collaborative projects with people from the area. Each project involved encounters and conversations out and about in the local neighborhood.
Lady Lucy posted invitations to the residents of nearby housing estates Mermaid Court, Neptune Court and Wheatley Court to sit with her at her mobile portrait studio and be painted. The Court Portraits were the result of the encounters that ensued.
Epilogue was a film based on a conversation between Amy Feneck and Terry Timlett, a member of Exeter CND, about Terry’s political activism and his particularly ‘independent spirit’. The latter was a term the artist heard used in association with the West Quarter and took as her starting point.
Majorette Rehearsing was Volkardt Mueller’s portrait of the built environment, which unfolds through ten digital trajectories. The majorette being Muller’s West Quarter archetype: a paradoxical figure of individual aspiration, community celebration and carnival.
The artists used the galleries at Spacex as studios and a base for research and meetings; inviting people in for discussions, recording sessions and tea parties.
From 24 April–1 May the gallery spaces were opened to the public for an exhibition of all the work produced and a series of events lead by the artists-in-residence and local artist collectives. The week ended with a celebratory May Day tea party.