Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF
Monday 01 October 2018 – Thursday 31 October 2019
Every month we invite a guest editor to select our Pick of the Week feature. The activities, listed in our events pages, cover exhibitions and previews, tours, artist talks, workshops, publication launches, open studios, and more, from across the region. We're delighted to welcome artist and co-director at Cornwall Autonomous Zone, Rebecca Weeks as our first guest editor this May.
Rebecca Weeks is a co-founder and co-director at Cornwall Autonomous Zone, an independent artist led space/project based in Penzance. She is also an internationally active performance artist working independently and collaboratively as Weeks & Whitford.
CAZ is a not for profit artist led space/project/network based in Penzance. Founded in 2010 by Rebecca, Andy Whall and Ian Whitford CAZ has quickly established a reputation for delivering projects which address artists needs, engage with new audiences by working with and through local communities, and for advocating on behalf of artist led practice. CAZ is committed to providing regional artists and their national/international peers access to a creative hub offering opportunities to exhibit, dialogue, collaborate, network and to engage critically. At its heart is the notion of working pragmatically with the reality of how artists grow and sustain their work.
In her individual practice Rebecca works with performance and writing. She is often focused on making that which is marginalised apparent by re-appropriating language and/or imagery garnered from diverse sources ranging from instruction manuals to arcane occult manuscripts. She creates new subjectivites across a spectrum of issues and narratives ranging from the sacred to the profane. Her approach involves the re-representation of the prosaic, re-rememberings of lost knowledge, and the offering of alternative feminist potentialities or realities, often in public space.
Rebecca also performs with Ian Whitford as Weeks & Whitford. The duo began to work together in 2010 in order to directly address the boundaries between life and art and to allow themselves to be vulnerable, to fail, to not offer answers, and to achieve a disintegration within performance. Weeks and Whitford have utilised low and high cultural forms, images and significations, borrowing from diverse figures such as the stand up comedian, the clown, the tour guide, the pin up, and the stripper. Influenced by literature, visual art, philosophy, performance, horror, porn and punk, they blur the boundaries of performance art and common culture. Their work touches upon issues of class, gender, sexuality and outsider identity.
Rebecca enjoys the allowance within performance for disorder, for provocation, for risk, for fun and for encounter with others and this has served as a useful and increasingly necessary balance to the strategic, considered and sustained work required to develop CAZ.
Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.
Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network