Geraint Edwards

Geraint Edwards

Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

About Geraint Edwards

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I am a Welsh, Sheffield-based artist. My work is an exploration of the art-object in an age of the non-object. Through various media such as painting, video, sculptural installation and web-based art, my practice explores the relationship between our physical and virtual worlds and interrogates our experience and behaviour within and between them, considering themes of space, objectivity, erasure and connection. I am self-taught and my chosen focus comes from a passion for questioning virtual/physical hybridity and its potential as a source of creativity and commentary. I am someone who believes in art as a tool to uncover truths, something which I attempt to do through constructing metaphors for the evolving behaviours, relationships and experiences which we encounter in our increasingly hybridised lives. I maintain that this is the best way to provide the distance and change of perspective needed to achieve objectivity.

My core approach is translation between the virtual and physical worlds (intermedial translation), as I have found it the most effective way to reveal the hidden functionality of our digital tools and environments, at a time when humanity is increasingly shifting from being the subject to the object of activity. My approach has criticality as a central concern, not from a Luddite perspective, but rather one that sees it as a duty of the artist to investigate and question where we are as a species. There are rich theoretical seams to be mined in the work, but there is also an undoubtable thread of humour that runs through it, and it is often joyful, and I would argue, magical. My goal is to communicate big ideas of universal relevance in a light-hearted, accessible way.

Exhibitions

June-July 2019: “Impossible Material” joint show with Dewi Williams, Galeri Caernarfon, Caernarfon, Wales, UK.
October - November 2018: “Erased Erased de Kooning Drawing” to be featured on isthisit? website, together with ART/SWITCH, a collaboration with artist Dewi Williams.
October – November 2016: “November 2005” selected in Galeri Caernarfon Open, Caernarfon, Wales, UK.
September 2016: “Conflux” shown at REthink digital art festival, Crete, Greece.
August - October 2016: “Conflux” shown at Concordia Video Art festival in Enschede, Netherlands.
July - August 2016: “We Stood On The Bridge” appears as part of ArtMap, Ponte de Lima, Portugal.
April 2016: “Conflux” and “Month-long sentence” shown as part of WROUGHT (a one-to-one performance festival) in Sheffield, UK. “We Stood On The Bridge” also appeared as a work in progress.
August - November 2015: “Circuit-bent jigsaw #2” in neo:artprize 2015, exhibition Bolton, UK.
October - November 2015: “Conflux” appears in “Art, Language, Location” festival/exhibition, Cambridge, UK (Super-text section at Anglia Ruskin University).
October 2015: “Every letter you have ever written or will ever write” in “A Letter in Mind”, gallery@oxo, London, UK.
July - August 2015: “November 2005” exhibited in group exhibition “Work in Progress” at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK.
February - March 2015: “Circuit-bent jigsaw” (Residency) at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK. This performance & exhibition was the subject of a documentary by SIX Project Space, was covered on local TV station Sheffield Live, and was listed in the Guardian Guide & featured in Tumblr Open Arts (now “Art on Tumblr”), "the official hub for all things Art on Tumblr".
August 2014: “Cheesemouse” - Live performance at opening of "Cut" exhibition at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield 8th August 2014. Durational work then exhibited until 30/08/2014 along with "Mower".

October - November 2013: "Rock, Paper, Scissors" exhibited in Jury's Selection at 4th International Artist's Book Prize, Sheffield, UK. Oct-Nov 2013.

August - September 2013: "Once Upon A Time" and "Sudoku Portrait” exhibited at “Out Of Context" at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK.

December 2012: "Thirty-One" - Solo installation at The University of Sheffield, UK (simultaneously online)