Ackroyd, Heather and Harvey, Dan. (1 of 5). Oral History of British Photography
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2001-01-03 and 2001-05-25
Dorking and London, United Kingdom
Ackroyd, Heather, 1959-, (speaker, female), Harvey, Dan, 1959-, (speaker, male)
Barnes, Martin, (speaker, male)
Part 1. (2 March 2001) Heather Ackroyd (HA) and Daniel Harvey (DH) [Ackroyd and Harvey (A&H)] met in autumn 1989 but had heard of each other's use of grass in artworks previously. HA describes her work producing a sculptural grass camel for a theatre performance. DH saw the work reproduced in a magazine at the same time that he had an exhibition at Birch and Conran Gallery, Dean St. London, also utilising grass in artworks. A mutual friend arranged a meeting at October Gallery. At the meeting DH proposed collaborating on an installation, growing a room with grass in Bussana Vecchia, Italy in summer 1990. Description of the work The Other Side or L'Altro Lato and the methods of production using clay. Part of this piece used a ladder leaning against a wall covered in grass. Light coming from a window cast the shadow of the ladder on the wall. When the ladder was removed at the end of the exhibition its impression was imprinted on the grass. This suggested the idea of printing images on the grass. DH worked on props of books for Peter Greenaway's film Prospero's Books. HA worked on The People's Show Burning Horizon performance. A&H met up again to collaborate on growing grass clothes for an Anti-Fur campaign and exhibition. Hull Time Based Arts commissioned A&H to make a grass artwork and public installation Grass House, in a derelict building, 1, Westbourne Avenue, Hull. Describes their research in the history of the house and the magical / ghostly quality of the completed work and the very positive response.
Performer notes : Born Daniel Harvey. Recording notes : See also individual interviews with Heather Ackroyd C459/130 and Dan Harvey C459/131.