paul hawkins and artist Steve Ryan have been working on a collaborative prote(s)xt art project called dissonance, in part a response to paul’s book Place Waste Dissent published by Influx Press in 2015.
Driven forward by scary monsters, haunted by the notion of chaos, London artist Steve Ryan’s work tries to pin down the slippery essence of ’the stuff’. Peripatetic by design, he’s recently experienced the joy of being tethered which has grounded him long enough to start production of a project over 30 years in the making, and with a bit of luck it will be finished in a little less time, but probably not. Some of steve’s photography featured in Place Waste Dissent
June 21 – 24 diisonance exhibition at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
Diisonance is a collaboration. Part of a jigsaw, the genesis of which is shared experiences; Steve and paul met in the early nineties squatting in Claremont Road, east London at the height of anti-road protests, poll-tax riots and other dissent. They’ve tried to piece together the past from the future, making sense of the ghosts that stay with them and the trust they offer one another helps clarify the feelings of confusion and love for their entwined topics; faltering, broken and rebuilt many times over. paul has written extensively on his experiences of squatting/protesting against the building of the M11 Link Road through east London, most recently in Place Waste Dissent (Influx Press 2015), which ‘plots the run-off, rackets and 90’s resistance to the proposed M11 Link Road; text experiments and collage from Claremont Road to Cameron. Memory traces re-surface the A12’ which features Steve’s photography. In Diisonance Steve’s starting point is a 21st century response to the collage/text of Place Waste Dissent and/or/with further memory travels. paul tries to look to the future in responding to Steve’s response to paul’s response(s), peacing the past from the future.
Friday June 23 – workshop & performances
All new work generated around diisonance events will be published in a book by Hesterglock Press.
September 1 – 30 diisonance exhibition/events at St. Margarets House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PL more details tba