Living in modern day cities and towns we don’t notice small details. Neither do we take a break from our modern lives and look around us. By looking at objects closely, can we encourage people to look at details and take in their modern cities differently?
“I enjoy giving people different experiences and different ways of looking at art. I wish I could manage to slow people down just for five minutes and changing their perspective about looking at the world. So I hope their viewpoint will change as mine does.“
Louis French is a disabled artist, who uses a wheelchair. Much of his work plays with notions of perception. His disability informs his interests, as his physical viewpoint changes every three years as he moves through using different chairs. Using sculpture, print and photography to create imagined landscapes that zoom between micro and macro, he challenges people to consider how they see and experience the world. His approach is playful, creating puzzles and tricks for the eye; from his use of ambiguous forms and imagery to his game-like title – an anagram for viewers to decipher.
// ABOUT THE TURF X CROYDON SCHOOL OF ART GRADUATE RESIDENCY
Graduating from BA Fine Art in July 2018, Louis French was selected for 2018’s Turf x Croydon School of Art graduate residency. The residency is an opportunity open only to Croydon School of Art graduates, offering a month of free studio space, mentorship from the Turf team and exhibiting artists, with artists fee and production budget for a solo exhibition at Turf.
// ABOUT TURF PROJECTS
Founded in 2013 by Croydon locals, Turf Projects is the first entirely artist-run contemporary art space in Croydon, South London.A registered charity, Turf has supported the work of over 300 artists to date through a programme of free public exhibitions, workshops and events. Turf also run vocational skills workshops for artists, MOSS (a collective of learning disabled adult artists), Art Press (a young peoples collective of Croydon locals aged 14-21), a support & residency programme for Croydon School of Art students, family workshops, projects with local schools & more. Turf currently exists across two temporary spaces in empty retail units.