Becky Beasley led a light spring walk of St Leonards-on-Sea, guided by air and water.
Following a delightful morning spent with local historian Edward Preston at his home in St Leonards-on-Sea, Beasley invited the travellers participating in the third chapter of JERUSALEM to join her on a walk - described in the above diagram - around the Burton St Leonards area, an eccentric 1820's New Town adjoining Hastings, designed and developed late in life by James Burton. In the spirit of Duchamp - who also had a love of technical diagrams - we kept in mind a complex web of references: pump systems, penile disfunction, domestic rituals and architecture. We began (and ended) our walk at the non-figurative public sculpture known locally as the Conqueror's Stone - on which, tradition has it, William the Conqueror dined - a strangely domestic object that has also taken a walk over the decades, the tale of which was described. We traced the route of the Spring which feeds the fountains and ponds in Burton St Leonards, discovering a pot hole where the pipes feeding the Fountains at Gloucester Lodge have recently collapsed. Encounters with various archways - both real and imaginary - led us to question whether air can be considered as architecture. The walk concluded with a song by Edward and was followed by a light lunch at one of the areas 'Uplands' houses, and was hosted by Hazel. The walk took place on Saturday, 6th April. SPRING: STONE, WATER, AIR, STONE represents a new body of research by the artist comprising sculptural drawings, text and archival material.
Becky Beasley (1975) lives and works in St. Leonards-on-Sea. She graduated with an MFA from the Royal College of Art in 2002, and recent solo exhibitions include Spring Rain at Spike Island, Bristol; The Outside at Tate Britain (2012) and Francesca Minini Gallery, Milan (2011) and Setting at Laura Bartlett Gallery, London (2012). Group exhibitions include Je Suis Un Autre at Kunstverein Freiburg (2012), The Imaginary Museum at Kunstverein Munich (2012) and Apropos of the Kissing of the Hand: A Celebration of the Writer Robert Walser in Newcastle upon Tyne (2012).
SPRING: STONE, WATER, AIR, STONE is commissioned as part of JERUSALEM. Chapter III is kindly supported by The Elephant Trust.
Taking the form of collective journeys, JERUSALEM is an ongoing project that commissions artists to make work informed by, housed within or seeking alliance with selected architectural sites across the UK. The third chapter of JERUSALEM takes place from 6 to 7 April, 2013. Participating artists are: Becky Beasley, Simon Martin and Ursula Mayer.