‘Flourish’ is a neon artwork from the artist Alison Carlier.
The piece, also a sound installation, draws on the military history of the home – The Vulcan Building, as an artillery and land service store for HMS Vernon.
‘Flourish’ was unveiled at a celebration event on Thursday 1 December, marking the gallery’s 10 years in the Vulcan Building (read more here).
The artwork references the site’s present and future incarnations, on the periphery of the designer retail outlet Gunwharf Quays.
The accompanying sound work, a percussive piece made with St. Georges School, fuses a buzz of the neon workshop, wind whistling through Portsmouth Harbour and shopping at Gunwharf Quays.
Carlier undertook the The Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) residency in May 2016, working in Aspex’s new artist’s studio.
ARMA was established in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt and is supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust.
The annual Award enables an artist to undertake a residency working with children and young people to create an artwork in the public realm.
engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, has been running the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award programme since 2012.
Over ten weeks Carlier carried out education and participatory work at Aspex, leading the weekly ‘Family Saturdays’ session and a series of workshops for St Georges Beneficial School.
About the artist
Alison Carlier studied at Surrey Institute of Art and Design and Wimbledon College of Arts, and was awarded the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2014. The artist has more than 20 years experience of working directly with the public and engaging others is central to her work. Her work reflects upon the activities of listening and looking, often taking the form of a sound installation or performance.
You can find out more about Alison's residency on her blog.
Image credit: Beth Moseley