FLOATING WORLD BOOKS
Founded in 2003 by Andy Parsons and Glenn Holman, Floating World is a collective of artists based in Ireland the UK, and Japan whose practices encompass painting, textiles, sculpture, video and performance.
United by their use of the medium of Artists’ Books, a major preoccupation of Floating World has been to present artist’s books in a gallery based context and to encourage critical discourse around the medium. Floating World has used the Artist Book as a catalyst for complex participatory projects, ranging form the renovation of a derelict house into an Arts Centre to the creation of a book of insights into Samuel Beckett.
Floating Worlds books have been seen in a variety of contexts, from a disused Pharmacy in Sligo – to Tate Modern.
Much of their recent work has been specifically focused on democratising the production and consumption of contemporary art. Recent exhibitions include Opening up the Book, in Sheffield, U.K., and Unfolding the Archive held in 2015 at the NCAD Gallery, Dublin and the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge.
Unfolding the Archive set out to investigate the archives at The National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) and explore the richness of the archive as a starting point for the creation of new artworks. Floating World’s artists developed new narratives in response to objects in the archive which are both local and international in their resonance. Each artist approached the archive from a purely personal and individual standpoint and in a manner that reflected their concerns and interests. These ranged from purely visual investigations, to highly conceptual interpretations of the archive as a multilayered and shifting source of information and meaning.
Ireland based artists:
Andy Parsons,Elizabeth Kinsella, Diane Henshaw
UK based artists:
Glenn Holman, Glynis Candler, Sarah Carne. Edwin Aitken, Simon Burton.
Japan based artist: