29 December 2013
In my mind walking around the exhibition I found myself constantly thinking about deep philosophical debates about The Self and authenticity. I couldn’t help but think of a certain quote from Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting. Toying with the notion of the difference (sometimes conscious difference) between our interior and exterior selves, I kept thinking; Choose life.
A powerful sense of absence, memory, obsession and identity is constantly percolated in the works within the collection centred on our obsession with context…In our age obsessed with information and data it is rather fitting that the exhibition utilizes blogs and social media almost as a means and a tool for artists to project ourselves back to us. Read More…
15 October 2013
This ‘Me’ of Mine Symposium will be addressing Identity in the Digital Age, with a roundtable discussion on contemporary identity that explores the link between the Freudian ‘death drive’ in digital mass archiving activity (think blogging and facebook) and the same Freudian ‘death drive’ related to narcissism which is on the rise with social media use. Plus there is lots more on the agenda. It is postulated that linear ‘historical’ thinking is under siege from a new reality of portals, immediacy and multiplicity. “The function, meaning and significance of identity, memory and objects are changing at such a rapid pace, it will be good to actually sit down and discuss these things,” says artist Jane Boyer, curator for This ‘Me’ of Mine and symposium moderator. Read More…
11 June 2013
This review responds to the first iteration of This ‘Me’ of Mine, at APT Gallery, Deptford.
The show also toured the following venues:
12 April – 7 May | Strange Cargo George’s House, Folkestone
12 May – 29 June | Kaleidoscope, Sevenoaks
dates to be announced | Art School Gallery, Ipswich
In her essay accompanying this exhibition, curatorJane Boyer asserts that our identities are set against the context of our physical surroundings and the relationships we maintain. Boyer asks ‘how is the surge in on-line communications and a transient internet affecting this context and ultimately how we see ourselves?’
The accelerated nature of modern life demands from us an increasingly flexible kind of identity. In every personal encounter, including now those mediated by the screens of laptops and smartphones, we must adapt ourselves to the appropriate role. Read More…
2 June 2013
Becky Huff Hunter mentions her contributions to This ‘Me’ of Mine: Self, Time & Context in the Digital Age, the companion book to This ‘Me’ of Mine.
From 2011–13, I have been following Jane Boyer’s progress as she has brought her curatorial project This ‘Me’ of Mine from “idea to intention,” and now to realisation. The Arts Council England-funded touring exhibition is currently up at Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks.
I contributed an interview with Jane and an essay on the web-based portion of This ‘Me’ of Mine to the forthcoming exhibition catalogue, titled This ‘Me’ of Mine: Self, Time and Context in the Digital Age.
Here is a snippet from the essay, “Distributed Practice: thismeofmine.wordpress.com”:
Some of the most revealing posts record conversations with gallery visitors, who disrupt polite appreciation with challenging questions and even drunken behaviour. Jane’s critical discussion with Jeremy Wilson, about his disappointing experience of the show, resulted in the production of two powerful texts—one each by Jeremy and Jane—about the oft-dismissed role of audience in art presentation. Read More…
20 May 2013
Short review in No Wave magazine
Georges House Gallery (Strange Cargo) have also recently played host to an exceptionally gifted outside curator, France-based artist Jane Boyer. When pushed to describe This ‘Me’ of Mine in few words Boyer describes ‘an exhibition that looks at the self in context’, yet such a synopsis nowhere near gives justice to the subtleties and complexities of the relationships that are created between the artworks, that shift and evolve as the exhibition moves from venue to venue. A [feat] in organisation, curated via twitter, the show is also accompanied by an extensive series of artist talks. The show has just ended its run at Georges House Gallery, however, you can catch the show at the next stop on its tour at Kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks and follow its progress on its extremely comprehensive website https://thismeofmine.wordpress.com/.
19 April 2013
‘The nature of self’ mentioned in Kentish Express
A collection of artwork exploring the nature of self-identity has gone on display at Folkestone’s Georges House Gallery.
This ‘Me’ of Mine features work by artists including Aly Helyer, Edd Pearman, Jane Boyer, Darren Nison, Hayley Harrison and Melanie Titmuss.
Subjects explored will include social groups and the way objects are used to define identity. Curator Jane Boyer faced a challenge in transferring the show from the larger surrounding of the Art in Perpetuity [APT] Gallery in Deptford, to the intimate space of the Strange Cargo venue in the Old High Street. It will be in Folkestone until Tuesday, May 7. For information visit http://www.strangecargo.org.uk
The Kentish Express also ran a mention for Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery in the Ashford edition on 15 May 2013.
12 April 2013
Enjoyed my visit to see This Me of Mine at A.P.T especially as I got to chat with the curator Jane Boyer about the show.
It was one of those conversations where you end up in a silence of contemplation, wondering what the future holds and knowing it goes on regardless. Jane is concerned about the impact the digital age will have on our sense of identity. The exhibition is designed to creat a dialogue about the changes we might face in the future trying to maintain our identity and looks to personal stories, family connections and memories that anchor us to past and place. Read More…
11 April 2013
There’s an excellent and thought provoking touring exhibition on at the moment; This ‘Me’ of Mine. It’s just reached one of Collage’s favourite seaside towns, Folkestone where it will be taking up residence at the Georges House Gallery. So if you fancy a trip to the seaside (because, after all, it’s beach weather, isn’t it?) then don’t miss a visit to this show.
About This ‘Me’ of Mine
‘Myself’ is a loaded pronoun, it is a pronoun which is grammatically suggestive of a self reflected back on itself through actions or thoughts. It represents my person as I sit here writing this, my past which has brought me here where I sit and write, and the potential of what may happen next. Read More…
9 April 2013
After a successful and very positively received installation at APT Gallery in Deptford, This ‘Me’ of Mine moves onto its second venue in a four venue tour. The exhibition will open Friday 12 April at Strange Cargo|Georges House Gallery in Folkestone. The new venue is a lot more intimate than the generous space at APT and therefore might be an interesting challenge for Jane Boyer, the curator, to recreate the grandiose atmosphere I felt when I visited the show. Read More…
26 Mar 2013
The premise for this group exhibition, bringing together 15 artists, touring four venues, and curated by Jane Boyer, was to look at the notion of “the self in relation to context,” working on the assumption that none of us can exist external to some context or other, be it our social network, our location, our memories and past experiences, our current circumstances, or our perceptions. The works on display span various media, including a couple of digital video and sound pieces (Cathy Lomax’s Glass Menagerie, Pt 1 & Pt 2, 2011, and David Riley’s Bar EP Blues (kinetatic), 2011) and a printed scroll of coded and transcribed Twitter handles (David Riley, Twitter User Names: coded and transcribed, 2013), alongside some more nostalgic collections of objects which you might associate with your past as a child, playing with pinwheels on the beach (Hayley Harrison, Her, 2011), or visiting your grandmother and looking at her thimbles, glass animals, and coronation memorabilia (Kate Murdoch, It’s The Little Things, 2011). Read More…
15 Mar 2013
Have digital networks such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs altered the way curators choose artists for exhibitions? A new show opening at APT Gallery in Deptford provides some answers.
This ‘Me’ of Mine is a long-running project by artist, writer and curator Jane Boyer. Involving a large group of artists, digital communication was crucial to the curatorial process. “I live in a remote area of south west France,” says Boyer, “so nearly all my communications are done digitally – it is necessary for my daily functioning! However, it also became the structure of the whole project.” Read More…
15 Mar, 2013
Upon arriving at APT about an hour before the opening at 6 pm I was greatly surprised by the scale of this light and airy space at 6 Harold Wharf, Creekside
Jane Boyer and a small team of artists have succeeded in hanging the exhibition in an innovative way that connects these quite different art works together very well: Each piece exists in it’s own generous space, however, all the work connects together well in the overall gallery space due to Jane Boyer’s clear vision for the exhibition theme- The work all shares a common thread of identity.
Media includes painting, drawing, digital print, 3D assemblage and a code-drive screen-based work. Read More…
14 Mar 2013
After many months of preparation and efforts, Jane Boyer, the curator for the “This Me Of Mine” show, is about to welcome visitor to the first leg of the 4 that makes up this project. Tonight, it will happen at APT Gallery in Deptford – full details at the bottom of this post as well as for the other 3 other legs of the show.
Jane Boyer says – “The financial support and professional recognition by ACE signals their belief in the project message, the mission and goals of Associated Artists Curators & Writers (AACW) – an organisation created to help independent arts practitioners succeed, and in me as curator and project manager. The significance of this grant by ACE in this financial climate gives hope to a future for independent practice in the UK.” Read More…