"You know, there is no means whereby I could prove to you that that crystal is any different from any other piece of quartz, and yet it is unique. As you say, ridiculous!"Art Like the Homebaked Bakery in 2012, Assembly's Granby Worskshop is an example of community project as artwork. From the website: "Liverpool Biennial has commissioned Assemble to create a new artwork on the occasion of the International Festival for Business (IFB) 2016. Granby Workshop, a social enterprise collaboration between the residents of Granby neighbourhood in Toxteth and artists collective Assemble, presents a showcase of their work outside the Exhibition Centre Liverpool during the three-week festival in a new commission."
-- The Master, "The Time Warrior"
The artist's intervention in the process is that all the object being created are unique, embracing "chance and improvisation". A sign was commissioned for the launch of the IFB 2016 and these tiles have been installed on the wall of the workshop and that is what I travelled out to Toxteth to see. Of course, thanks to the randomiser this meant I had to travel past a couple of other shows which I'll be returning to later in the year. But choosing this route means that I'll be able to address each of the pieces as separate experiences rather than have them become submerged into one another.
After parking the TARDIS in the knot of a nearby tree trunk, I set about viewing the titles, a nine-by-nine grid which seems to be the selection on the left of the image reproduced in the booklet and on the website. These are white surfaces covered in abstract shapes, like Matisse cut-out with more colourful gradation. There doesn't appear to be an intent to illustrate anything in particular but its impossible for the brain not to infer trees, hammers, bird's wings, the shapes of continents or some kind of misshapen planet. Importantly they are all different. A factory manufactured version would create uniformity by repeating the shapes across a bathroom. Not here.