Objects And PlayTo accompany this exhibition, graphic designer Owen Gildersleeve and I collaborated on an edition of 20 hand-made books and 20 spinning top drawing/screenprints. More information can be found on www.eveningtweed.com
As we develop into adulthood, the type of play in which we partake commonly becomes increasingly structured or rule-based. I am challenging preconceptions towards rules within play, and attempting to create the opportunity to indulge in the process of touch and exploration in a way that adults are rarely encouraged.
I am essentially creating an excuse to interact with objects in the way that children do. I have explored a number of different approaches:
- Strategies that allow things / events to be discovered through interaction, rather than defining them in advance.
- Using the perception of a game as a temporary ‘low-risk’ environment, in which it is acceptable to interact with the aesthetic/tactile qualities of objects.
- Use of emergent properties, such as mark, structure or surprise, as a means of engaging people with the objects.
This body of work explores the gap between spontaneous/creative and rule-bound forms of play. The concluding objects strive to make a personal adventure of ideas and concept accessible to all.
All work © Tom Forsyth 2007-2010.