BxNU Symposium: Jason Rhoades / Deviant Paths: 02 - Penny Grennan / Your Trash, Our Treasure

Publication Date 21 Apr 2015

BxNU Symposium: Jason Rhoades / Deviant Paths
Tuesday 21 April 2015 / 13.00-17.30
BALTIC, Gateshead

This BxNU Symposium brings together artists, curators, academics and writers, to activate an enquiry into the interlocking possibilities of meaning presented by the exhibition, Jason Rhoades, Four Roads.

During his lifetime Rhoades’ installations were rarely understood as finished or finite. Constantly in flux, works were divided up into constituent parts, materials reused and presented anew. Today the work continues to exist within a constant process of recontextualisation and is imbued with parallel narratives as illustrated by the four interpretive themes, or roads, proposed in this display. To examine this multi-layered system of interpretation, the symposium will offer a range of deviant pathways through screenings, presentations, workshop and discussion. In a response to the artist’s absent presence, the question shifts from, “What would Jason do?” to, “What has Jason done?”

Workshop: Penny Grennan / Your Trash, Our Treasure

Artist Penny Grennan will lead a workshop beginning with the question; “At what point does an accumulation of objects take on a second identity?” To participate, symposium attendees are required to bring a small object that they are going to throw away and add it to an ongoing installation. Grennan is concerned with material culture and notions of value, particularly our relationship to souvenirs. Her practice comprises painting, film making and installation work. She has just completed her PhD in Fine Art Practice at Northumbria University. She has exhibited in Newcastle, Oxford, London, Boston Spa and Japan.

The PDF of Penny's paper can be viewed by clicking here.

The documentation of the workshop and installation Your Trash, Our Treasure can be viewed in video form here and a PDF record of the objects' stories here.

Speaker Penny Grennan
Related Artists Jason Rhoades, Penny Grennan
Month April 2015
Keywords BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art, Critically Engaged
Related Events Jason Rhoades, Four Roads (6 March – 31 May 2015), BxNU Symposium: Jason Rhoades / Deviant Paths (21 April 2015)
Related Gallery BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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