Artist duo Grennan & Sperandio have recently been awarded the second of the Imagine Porty Prom art commissions!
Well-known for their artworks in comic book form and more recently through television and community action projects (their work can be seen at www.kartoonkings.com), for the past nineteen years Grennan & Sperandio have transformed and presented the narratives of friends’, relatives’ and strangers’ lives into oddly familiar objects and events.
Since 1995, they have developed comic book, animation and community projects in conjunction with museums and broadcast, web and publishing companies in New York, Boston, London and Gateshead. The pair are perhaps best known for working with Chicago chocolate factory workers to design and produce their own chocolate bar as part of the influential 'Culture in Action' exhibition organised by Mary Jane Jacob in Chicago in 1993.
Simon Grennan has been engaging local people to help them to create a temporary sculpture that captures the spirit of Portobello:
“We’re out and about in Portobello in October and November getting to know what it’s really like. We’re asking people we meet to answer a simple question – If Portobello was a character, what character would it be? Along with our own visits, historical research and conversations with Portobello people, the answers to this question will add up to a feeling of the character and soul of Portobello. We’ll channel all this information when we get around to making our Giant Psychic Avatar of Portobello, which will appear as a big inflatable in a number of Portobello locations next year."
The commission will be launched 1,2,3 May 2010...
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Big Things on the Beach is a public art trust in Portobello, a seaside suburb close to the city centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was formed by a group of residents in 2003 to explore the potential of the seafront as a site for engagement with public artworks by both emerging and established artists.
Since 2004 we have commissioned artists to create substantial temporary artworks, trained ourselves and others in the process of commissioning public artworks through international site visits and guest lectures and successfully raised funding to these ends.
Our current project - The Big Welcome - is supported by Creative Scotland, Portobello & Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership and Edinburgh City Libraries