TradeAir by James Charlton

TradeAir establishes a real time link between gallery visitors and the artist in his Auckland studio allowing for the collaborative inflation of rubber forms located in situ at Artspace.

The work extends concepts surrounding recent projects by Charlton in which form is proposed as a time-based medium contingent upon viewer interaction.These inflatable forms, constructed from recycled truck inner tubes that hold an approximate tidal volume of the human lung, are inflated when a gallery visitor blows into an exhalant device. Gradually, over the duration of the exhibition, the form of the work changes from being a slouched pile of rubber to a freestanding form. Viewers literally breathe shape into these forms and in doing so engage with a visual arts practice in which the construction of form is born of the cumulative participatory dynamic between audience and artist.