The Print







The Print
Matthew Crawley, Harry Meadley and David Steans, 2014
Frosted vinyl



Loom 2
Matthew Crawley, Harry Meadley and David Steans, 2014
Loom bands, charms


The Print
is based on a decorative border that adorns the glass balcony walls in the mezzanine section of the upper floor in The Hedley Verity, a Leeds JD Wetherspoon pub. Applied in frosted vinyl, the border's pattern is composed of stripes that resemble the markings of an animal, most closely those of a zebra or tiger. Within the pattern appears a depiction of a woman's vagina framed by prone buttocks. The Print reproduces this pattern and applies it to the windows of Leeds Weirdo Club*. The Print is a monoprint, an exact imaging of the authentic original. The Print will be on permanent display from September 20th 2014.

'Loom bands' are a current popular fad of making bracelets out of multicoloured rubber bands with the use of a plastic loom and hook. The Loom works consist of a loom band bracelet, bedecked with rubber 'charms', looped around an intrinsic architectural feature in a given building. Loom 2 encircles one of the steel posts that penetrate each floor of 25 Wharf Street, Leeds. Once closed, the loom band is not removed.

The Norse made small sheets of gold foil embossed with figures, often depicting a man and woman embracing. Light and fragile, the sheets do not seem to have been designed to be handled. They have been found primarily in dwellings, many of them, like Loom 2, under or around supporting structures. Explanations offered for the foil figures include: the figures represent Freyr and his wife Gerð, and were deposited when a king or chieftain celebrated his wedding; the foils evoke the landvættir or land spirits to protect and hallow the building. Despite their apparent symbolic function, Loom, Loom 2 and future iterations, unlike the Vikings' foil sheets, have a limited material life-span. The rubber, like the fad itself, will perish, and the band will snap.

Matthew Crawley, Harry Meadley and David Steans are also exhibiting Loom, The Print 2 and other new works at GENERATORprojects, Dundee, in the exhibition FORM: PERFORM: REFORM.
The Print 2 similarly reproduces an aluminum foot-guard in the design of a wave that skirts the walls of the lower floor in Beckett's Bank, another Leeds JD Wetherspoon pub. Loom is wrapped around an exposed I-beam within GENERATORprojects.

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The Print celebrates our move to new premises: Leeds Weirdo Club, 25 Wharf Street, Leeds, LS2 7EQ.

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