Terry Smith: The Foundling
10 July 2009 - 03 January 2010
The Foundling is a multi-discipline, video and sound installation by the artist Terry Smith. This major new work was commissioned by Gill Hedley for the Foundling Museum’s contemporary art programme.
The Foundling is constructed in a series of individual and related sequences that have been developed through a series of live performances that have taken place over the last year. Lost and Found for Tete a Tete Opera Festival was shown at the Riverside Studios in August 2008; Hide and Seek – a promenade piece was performed at the Foundling Museum in April 2009 and Sticks AND STONES at St Georges Church, Venice, at the 53rd Venice Biennale.
The installation was presented in the form of a series of video pieces displayed in the dedicated Exhibition Gallery and a sound work, STRING, installed on the original eighteenth century staircase. Smith has also created series of photographs taken at Ashlyns School, formerly the Foundling Hospital that closed in 1956, exhibited in the Café. Using found images and sounds as well as deconstructed scores by Handel and Vivaldi, The Foundling plays with ideas of the hidden and the lost. In a year which celebrates Baroque music this piece acknowledged the active contributions that Handel and Vivaldi both made to institutions in London and Venice respectively, dedicated to giving vulnerable and destitute children a second chance at life.
The Foundling is a collaborative project bringing together musicians, composers, sound designers and writers and cinematographers. Smith’s approach to these projects is an open collaborative process. Discussions, workshops, rehearsals and performances have enabled him to construct a work that is informed and determined by the different skills and ideas of the individuals involved. The Foundling is a unique meeting of different art forms. Crucial in this collaboration is Ian Dearden, renowned composer and sound designer, Linda Hirst (vocalist), Oliver Coates (cello), Miguel Tantos (trombone) and the cinematographer Jonathan Callery. A related publication contains new texts by writer Mel Gooding and is aviable to purchase from the Museum Shop.
Produced by Clare Fitzpatrick for workinprogress, The Foundling is supported by The Foundling Museum, The Arts Council of England and The Foyle Foundation, The University of the Arts, Wimbledon.
Terry Smith was awarded the prestigious 2008 Paul Hamlyn Award to Artists. His work was featured in the2009 Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, where he was invited to show a video work in a room curated by the artist Richard Wilson. In early 2011 he took part in a solo retrospective curated by David Thorp at the John Hansard Gallery. He was also the Drawing Fellow at the Wimbledon College of Art (2008/10).
Artist: Terry Smith
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