Part artists book for adults, part colouring book for children. Simon & Tom Bloor's Loose Parts is a beautifully designed publication for all to enjoy.
This new publication is part of this year’s Whitechapel Gallery’s Children’s Art Commission programme (19 March to 9 June 2013), an annual show which focuses on children’s interaction with, and enjoyment of contemporary art.
Each year the Gallery commissions an artist to create a work of art that engages children and their families. London and Birmingham-based artists Simon & Tom Bloor presented an interactive installation that transformed the Gallery walls into a giant blackboard for visitors to draw on and considered the utopian potential of creativity and play.
This series of new works were developed from workshops during a year-long residency at Hermitage Primary School, Tower Hamlets, where small clay sculptures were crushed and shaped by children, instigating a sense of playful rebellion within the school. This act of ‘encouraged vandalism’ led to the making of chalk sculptures that were used by visitors to draw, write or doodle on the Gallery walls. Alongside the sculptures a series of print works recalled the process of creation through destruction.
The exhibition title referred to artist and architect Simon Nicholson’s ‘Theory of Loose Parts’, first published in 1971, which proposes that ‘loose parts’ in our environments empower creativity in children and adults alike.
Artists Simon & Tom Bloor (b. 1973) work across a variety of materials and formats from drawing, installation and sculpture to public art. Much of their work is inspired by the urban landscape as well as Twentieth Century art and design.
Paperback, 16 pages, 240 x 340 mm
First published 2013.