A couple of months ago I interviewed both Jennie Syson and Nottingham Castle Open prize winner Liam Aitken. Having awarded Liam the Syson Prize in 2013, Syson will again be sponsoring the Nottingham Castle Open and on January 17th will award one of the 33 exhibitors with a solo exhibition. Liams solo exhibition, Interface, ran from 28 March - 16 May 2014. This was an opportunity for Liam to make new work in different ways, exploring pattern and colour through a variety of media and new avenues of display. Having also been awarded the Ian Robinson Prize Liam was able to use the £200 he received to create an installation in a window downstairs in the gallery. Ian Robinson runs a local business that specialises in digital and traditional sign making; graphics and vinyl lettering, with this knowledge Liam used the prize to create a dynamic installation, using vinyl.
'It gave the sense of being inside the totem, looking out, [...] this acted very much like a sundial, throughout the day you would see different coloured projections throwing themselves on to the floor or across the walls of the gallery.' - Jennie Syson
The fluidity of the work lent itself to documentation, leading Nottingham based photographer James E Smith the create a time-lapse piece which beautifully captures the installation that continuously altered the interior of the gallery as the day went on.