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ABOUT

The idea was simple. Get an ordinary ream of A4 paper. Divide the paper into two piles of 250 sheets and allocate one pile to be the 'screw ups' and the other to be sketched on. The screw-ups would be created by city art gallery visitors who where invited to 'screw-up' one of the bits of paper.



The end result - 60+ screwed up bits of paper to sketch!

So here we are, on the walls in the foyer of the Southampton City Art Gallery are the fruits of our labour (the screw uppers, and me the sketcher).

Firstly, thanks to all who got involved, secondly sorry for the screw uppers who's screw ups didn't get to be exhibited due to space. But don't dismay, your screw up is still inline to be sketched, and I will let you know when it is ready to view online

With the sketching I gave myself some ground rules:

  • One HB pencil (I choose a german made Staedtler Noris HB 2 with yellow and black go faster stripes down the sides and a punch of red at the end)
  • I do the sketch of the individual screw up in one sitting.
  • No preference to screw up, just pick one to draw randomly.
  • Absolutely no erasing. I wanted the sketches to be an honest documentation in mark making of what I saw in front of me. It also heightened the concentration as each mark needs to be considered sketching with no room for error - don't screw it up (badabum tish!).

Once finished, unravel the screw up, flatten it out, so the only record of the form the screw up took lives in the sketch only. Place them side by side and there you have it.

I was drawn to the idea of this process because of the cocktail of conceptual gymnastics and personal technical ambition it contains. I wouldn't want to be overbearing with my conceptual musings about the work, suffice to say there is something fascinating to me in the intellectual dialogue between the two bits of paper, what they've been through, what they represent and what they have become.

Big thanks to the gallery staff
for their support of the project
and of course the screw uppers!

WHERE

Southampton City Art Gallery Foyer,
Commercial Road,
Southampton
SO14 7LP

WHEN

The show is on from now until June 9th
Opening Times (Same as the Central Library):
Mon to Fri: 10am-7pm
Sat: 10am-4pm,
Sun: Closed,
Bank Holiday Mon: 10am-3pm

DID YOU SCREW UP?

where you one of the 65 screw ups who came into the gallery and screwed up? If so there's an 80%* chance your screw up is on display. To check type in your first name below or if you remember the number you were allocated, type that instead.

CHECK SCREW UPS

*We could only fit 52 screws up in the foyer

SCREW UP STORE

COMING SOON...