Marcus Jefferies and Colin Higginson have collaborated on a regular basis since 2011. Their work explores the relationship between architecture and memory through the production of sculpture, photography and installation. Their working process often begins with the transformation of an archive image into an immersive, interactive environment – creating new narratives through reimagining the recent past.
For their Test Space exhibition, they presented a new installation exploring the rapid development of urban space in the city, the visual language of gentrification, and the selling of luxury lifestyles.
Test Space is programmed by studio holders based at Spike Island and offers artists a chance to exhibit new works and test ideas. Artists from within the Spike Island community and beyond are included.
Colin Higginson’s art practice incorporates sculpture, model making, photography, film, installation and performance. He has an ongoing interest in the connection between the image and the sculptural object and uses photography and film to mediate this relationship. Higginson’s artwork is motivated by an interest in history, memory and representation, particularly in how meaning is constructed through narrative and artifice. His recent work has focused on structure and form, creating objects that imitate nature and explore notions of authenticity and the mundane.
Collaboration – Jefferies and Higginson
Since 2011 Colin Higginson has regularly collaborated with Marcus Jefferies. Their work explores the relationship between architecture and memory through the production of sculpture, photography and installation. Their working process often begins with the transformation of an archival image into an immersive, interactive environment, creating new narratives by reimagining the recent past.
Art In Motion (AIM)
Higginson is a founder and creative director of Art in Motion (AIM), a not-for-profit participatory arts organisation. AIM provides opportunities for artists with learning disabilities to engage with multidisciplinary arts, to explore ideas and concepts with a specific focus on heritage and the built environment.
Marcus Jefferies was born in Bristol and studied Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art, London. He currently lives and works in Bristol and is based at Spike Island Studios. Jefferies maintains a diverse practice that incorporates model making techniques, painting, sculpture, installation and design. Each field of interest informs the other to create intertwining relationships. The built environment often forms a backdrop to his work where new narratives are made through the exploration of site, scale and memory.
Recent exhibitions include: Outpost, a site specific installation and exhibiting space, Sharpham, Somerset (2016); Vista group show, Gallery 8, St James, London (2016); The Kiosk Project, collaborative installation with Colin Higginson (2015); Hannah More Primary School public art commission (2015); Test Space Open, Spike Island (2014), selected by Ruth Claxton, Marie-Anne McQuay and Edwina Ashton; Perpetual City(2013), a collaboration with Colin Higginson, commissioned by Spike Island for Spike Open.