For this episode of ONE ARTIST | ONE WORK, artist Alexander Storey Gordon will discuss his 2019 work Shoe Leather.
Shoe Leather, was created in response to Margaret Tait’s film ‘My room via Ancona 21’ and was shot over three days on Via Ancona and the surrounding area in Rome June 2019. Taking the inverse approach to Tait’s intimate portrait of personal space, Shoe Leather encompass the idea of filming as an act of espionage, of looking onto from the outside, and also being outside.
‘Shoe Leather’ is a term used in film to describe parts of a film that precede other scenes and try to make sense of the transitions between them. These sequences usually establish necessary continuities, a sense of place, or an understanding of how characters arrive at their destinations.
Over the last few months LUX Scotland has been holding a series of online events led by artists. Each fortnight a Scotland-based artist has presented a recent work and talked through how the work came into being. Each artist has been joined by one of the LUX Scotland team and up to 40 online participants.
How it works
Our online events will take place on Zoom. The event will be live transcribed using otter.ai live transcription. We will also use the chat space to post questions /comments being raised by the guest artist so they can be referred back to.
We ask that all participants are respectful and listen to the facilitators and other participants. An attendee list will be circulated to all participants in advance of each event. At the beginning of events we will introduce the guest artist and invite participants to briefly introduce themselves and their reason for joining. During the event discussion, we ask that one person speaks at a time and that you type ‘hi’ in the chat to indicate you want to contribute. A member of the LUX Scotland team will keep a track of who wishes to contribute and will direct the conversation to you. You may also wish to use the chat space to type your question or comment, should this be preferable for you. We ask that you keep your microphones on mute until you are going to speak to ensure everyone can hear clearly. We invite you to have your cameras on, where possible, as this maintains a feeling of being together in the space.
LUX Scotland is dedicated to providing a welcoming online environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion or belief. Participants who do not adhere to this code of conduct and the participation guidelines will be asked to leave the event.
We welcome feedback on how these online events have been organised and facilitated in order to improve them as we go forward, in acknowledgment that this is a learning curve and adjustment period for us all. An evaluation form will be circulated at the end of the event along with any references, links or materials brought up during the discussion.
Alexander Storey Gordon (b. 1988, Cambridge, UK)
I make drawings, films, texts, and events, that look at the way film and literature, mediate perceptions and conceptions, of our-selves, our environment, and others, in the construction of meaning.
Alexander Storey Gordon is an Artist based in Glasgow. He graduated with a degree in Printmaking from Grays School of Art in 2010 and has since exhibited widely both within the UK and abroad. recent exhibitions have included;
Shoe Leather, Margaret Tait 100, commission and (touring screening, In Camera I Used Blood For The Red, Videoclub, Selected 9 UK Tour, (Screening) | Matches, David Dale Gallery & LUX Scotland, Glasgow (Screening), Interludes, Plymouth Art Center and Mount Florida Screenings, Plymouth Art Weekender ; On The Waves of The Air, There Is Dancing Out There, with and devised by Artist Carrie Skinner, Glasgow International 2018, Glasgow (group) ; A Wondering Soul, Radiophrenia, CCA, Glasgow ( collaboration with sound artist Richy Carey) ; Hospitalfeilds Summer Resident 2017, Arbroath (residency) ; A Apopheny, CCA Intermedia, Glasgow, (solo) ; Suppose there is, A, ICA Singapore, Singapore (group) Aparição, Phosphorus, Sao Paulo (solo), UR/ERR, Film Open Touring Programme, exhibited at Eastside Projects, Spike Island, Castlefeild Gallery, S1 Artspace, Tramway, and the ICA, Be Vigilant Dear Friends, Because You Never Know When Your Going To Have Your Eyes Gouged Out, Glasgow Project Rooms 2014 (solo) ; Two Dichotoma Hum, Hydrapangaea, Glasgow International Festival, Botanic Gardens, Glasgow 2014; A Sleeping Cinema, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, 2013 (solo).
He was also the producer of The Artists Moving Image Festival, Tramway/LUX Scotland, from 2015 – 2019
A series of online events established in response to the first lockdown in March 2020. Focusing closely on a single work, these generous discussions provided an opportunity for an artist based in Scotland to present a recent work and talk through how the work came into being.