Margaret Roberts blp 2014 (back blp: black paint and shoe polish over polystyrene; front blp: black paint and shoe polish over ply ) in Fair Isle at Articulate project space 2014.


Blps were invented by Richard Artschwager in the 1960s. I am using them as I believe he used them - as indicators or markers of the space that is common to all places. I am interested to remake and adapt past spatial artworks to recognise the long history of spatial art practices - the many decades over which artists have worked to contribute to the revaluation of place by the new relationships they construct between the abstract space of artworks and the actual space they occupy. The vacant abstraction of blps acknowledges the live nature of actual space by simple contrast, hopefully reducing the everywhere-nature of actual space that makes it seem invisible.