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Anne Bean

2004 – 2005

Reap explored notions of capturing and marking time through the natural and complete cycle of a year from September 2004 to October 2005.

Inspired by over 40 years of working with time processes, Anne invited 18 artists to work on individual ways of “capturing” the year through ideas of memory, process, metaphor and metamorphosis. Whilst each project evolved in vastly different ways throughout the year, they all fully manifested in and around Café Gallery and Southwark Park in September and October 2005.

Throughout the year, Anne installed several works in which transformation could be witnessed including two large-scale installation for Dilston Grove; Twelve Hundred Fathoms and Ashes, a year of continuously smouldering incense which created a floor drawing of ashes and threads and Remember Me, a gradual decomposition of 5000 apples which slowly revealed a hidden message.

In 365 Dresses, seven flowery dresses were placed each week in the sinister ‘secret garden’ of Southwark Park and in Today’s the Day, 72 pristine teddy bears were sent around the world for one year before returning to Coleman Project Space with their adventures etched upon their forms.

Reap was an Artsadmin project for Café Gallery Projects and Southwark Park supported by Arts Council England, Southwark Council, Awards For All and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Participating artists were Mark Anderson, Anne Bean, Lucy Cash, David Chapman, Marcus Coates, Rachel Cohen, Holly Darton, Gail Dickerson, Graham Fagen, Brian Gilson, Illur Malus Islandus, Meg Mosley, Miyako Narita, Lucille Power, Emily Richardson, Harald Smykla, Eden Solomon, Richard Wilson and z’ev.