SITE GALLERY LAUNCHES BOUNCE! BY FLORENCE BLANCHARD, A LARGESCALE INSTALLATION IN SITE SQUARE, BROWN STREET, S1 2BS.
Sheffield-based artist Florence Blanchard is known internationally for her work transforming city spaces with her signature style of flowing, amorphous shapes in bright colours. Working in partnership with playground paint specialist Uniplay she has transformed an area 1000 sqm into a vibrant, playful focal point for the Cultural Industries Quarter in a landmark project that can be freely accessed by anyone.
Judith Harry, Executive Director of Site Gallery, said:
“The impact of Florence’s work is remarkable. It has added a whole new dimension to the public realm around Site Gallery and is a wonderful addition to a series of public artworks we have commissioned in the area over the past couple of years. Florence has recognised the untapped potential of the square and created an environment which celebrates the creativity of the cultural industries quarter”
The project was commissioned through City of Ideas – an Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence funded programme which was led by Site Gallery on behalf of a consortia of Sheffield arts organisations based in the Cultural Industries Quarter.
To read the full press release, please click here.
To celebrate this project I produced a print edition inspired by the design of the square. The print is available on my online shop.
The NO EVIL print series came out of a self-initiated, mini lockdown residency in my home studio.
Now available on florenceblanchard.bigcartel.com
Screen printing is such a time consuming process, with the set up taking up the majority of the time. You can easily spend several hours preparing your screens, paper and print bed only to find that once you start printing, something has gone wrong and you have to start allover again. Because of this, it is often tempting to stick with what you know and stop looking for new directions with your work.
I wanted to take advantage of the fact the world has slowed down for a moment and use this newly acquired time to explore different screen printing techniques and push my studio practice to the next level. For the past tree weeks I have allowed myself to make mistakes and to take as much time as I needed to troubleshoot and find solutions. The experience has been enjoyable and rewarding. MIZARU, KIKAZARU and IWAZARU are the three print editions to come out of this self isolation / exploration and I am trilled with the end result.
The titles refer to the three wise monkeys; a Japanese pictorial maxim embodying the proverbial principle “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. There are various meanings ascribed to the monkeys and the proverb, including associations with being of good mind, speech and action. In Buddhist tradition, the tenets of the proverb are about not dwelling on evil thoughts but represent a great motto, which can be enhanced by creative practice. Immersing myself in this challenging project has provided a great outlet to escape the pandemic madness for the time being and I’m delighted to now share these with you.
I just came back from London where I spent a week working on an indoor mural for a private commission. As the design was going to cover the entire surface of one wall, and the rest of the room being already full with art we decided to go for a limited colour palette.
Back in the summer I had the very unique experience to create a 3D installation for ITV. The piece was used to film an Ident that was shown in September as part of ITV Creates artist series. The ident is viewable in the UK on ITV’s website: https://www.itv.com/itvcreates/september/florence-blanchard
Here is my contribution to Parisian agency Costume 3 Pieces’ annual summer show ‘TOUS A TABLE’, which took place this month. Artworks from 32 artists around the theme of dining on display in the agency’s offices + a feast.