Dog Basket Baboon
19 May – 1 Jul 2017
Following his three month Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary residency at Turner Contemporary, Margate, Artlink present Oliver MacDonald’s solo exhibition, ‘Dog Basket Baboon’.
Oliver MacDonald is the recipient of Shape Arts’ 2017 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary. Trained as a willow weaver, he explores traditional craft through a conceptual lens. He utilised word play and layers of reference to often absurd and humorous ends.
During his 3-month residency at Turner Contemporary as the ARMB recipient, Oliver engaged local audiences in the rich heritage and materiality of basket weaving, drawing on links to the gallery’s seaside location, occupational therapy, and the obsolescence of craft.
In his durational performance piece ‘Underwater Basket Weaving’ Oliver wove a traditional lobster pot inside a fabricated diving bell. The performance reflected the title phrase, commenting on the presumed worth of an arts education.
This exhibition presents recent works alongside an installation where audiences are invited to immerse themselves into Oliver’s pseudo-studio.
Please note, all are welcome to attend the Private View on 19 May from 6 to 8pm. Resident Square Peg photographerJerome Whittingham and blogger Michelle Dee will be also attending. However, Artlink welcomes all amateur bloggers and photographers!