DIY (above), the latest exhibition from communal artist group Temporary Art Space, captures the subversive ethic of fanzines. Picture courtesy Alice Bradshaw
Exhibition: DIY – A Celebration of lo-fi Culture, Piece Hall, Halifax, until July 31 2009
The uncensored, unrestricted pages of fanzines across the world make them rich mines of artistic talent.
The ones in this exhibition have names like A Few Empty Pages of Longing and Despair, You Can Work any 100 Hours per Week That You Want (in Your Underwear) and My Favourite Dish is Ninja Sushi. Further work by more than a dozen artists uses "art on the cheap", created using "the most immediate resources" with a heavy emphasis on audience participation.
(Above) the group took over the space in March. Picture courtesy Alice Bradshaw
The results are colourful, cartoonish, subversive and political, formulated by Temporary Art Space, an unfunded six-month project run by a collective of artists in the Grade I-listed Piece Hall.
(Above) Four exhibitions have been held by the collective so far at the Grade I-listed Piece Hall. Picture courtesy Alice Bradshaw
This is the penultimate show ahead of the August finale of a programme which has previously hosted a display of beermats and the dismantling and subsequent rebuilding of an historic sculpture on the lawn of the building.
Positioned on the top floor of the historic building, the space (above) overlooks a courtyard and art gallery. Picture courtesy Alice Bradshaw
"It's art which is exciting, raw and not pandering to the whims of the money-soaked art market," they promise. "We have no money to offer, but we do have free tea."
Open Thursday-Saturday 10am-4pm (11am-4pm Sunday). Admission free, visit Temporary Art Space online for more details.