Grizedale Arts


Adam Chodzko

Born 1964.

At Grizedale

Adam worked on a number of projects during his residency in 2001, the main activity being filming for his major work 'Recipe for a Spell' (2001). The film shows a series of social spaces from the contemporary British landscape, to create the formula for a spell: "The spell is to experience clarity". Scenes including folk events, foot-and-mouth pyres and a demolition derby play on a DVD encoded to randomly assemble the sound, vision and subtitles. The generated sequences are infinitely unpredictable, and the work vacillates between order and disorder in both structure and content.

Adam also produced further versions of his flare work, lighting the dark corners of hire videos, and his 'Better Scenery' (2000–2002) project which resulted in an image for the forest billboard linked to an image in the Turin Fiat factory. He also made a sign for Summerhill, the house used for artist’s residencies until the redevelopment of Lawson Park in 2007; A new version has been installed at Lawson Park. Another small project was an editioned flag made from a space blanket, which surprisingly had the ability to vogue.

Lawson Park is also home to an Eric Lyons-designed chair, reupholstered by Adam using a leather jacket bearing the logo of the anti-punk band Crass. You can read more about this cultural collision in a seat, on our Lawson Park website where all will become clear.

Adam has also done time at Parkamoor, Grizedale's isolated, off-grid farm house.

Project Contributions


2001- ongoing


Selected Shows

Solo Exhibitions
2008 Proxigean Tide, Tate St. Ives
2007 Signal, Malmo, Sweden

Group Exhibitions
2008 Folkestone Triennial
2005 British Art Show 6, BALTIC, Gateshead and touring
1997 Sensation, Royal Academy