I went on the Bathspa Gallery London gallery trip on tuesday and was with a small group led by Rachel Withers who lectures in both interpretation of art and who is an art critique. We covered 10 galleries or rather 9 in my case as i opted out of a later one! So I will concentrate on the highlight or those that raised issues. It also fascinating to compare the experience of last year using gallery trip to go to one exhibition Marlene Dumas Image as Burden where I just sat and looked!
Mark Wallinger’s Id paintings was something I wanted very much to look at and there was more time there. Dealing with the conscious unconscious and doubling one side of the image with another. at an arms reach was something I was conjuring with as at an early stage of painting large myself with extended brushes.
Scottie Wilson’s outsider art was obviously something that resonated with Rachel with personal knowledge. A man caught in a particular world cross hatching everywhere easily imaginable with a narrow boat. all sort of different influences boats fish water stylised.
Charlotte Joffe exhibition concerned with the complexity of relationships was a series of family portraits some similarity with others, perhaps intentionally. paintings that would mean a lot to the subjects. very different from other work we saw but in some ways disappointing Perhaps people known in the extended family and some taken form photographs in biographies Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes for instance. There was a similarity in some and a distance in others not surprising in those taken from biographies.
The exhibition that stood out was Michael Joo’s series of paintings /prints of calorific works , calculation. What an exhibition that could hang together in every way. Situated in the creation on baking trays and the impression that results working with calorie counting. Food consumption, wealth and shortage. Result calculated within Buddhist aesthetics. What is the adequate nutrition? Results of research imprinted on the results Combining painting photography and printing. Aesthetically beautiful in the result. This exhibition felt the most satisfactory and beatify held together. images not possible to reproduce.
overall a taxing day, a bit of visual indigrestion, walked miles and blurred images and actually a lot of learning! A lot of artists to refer back to
Then yesterday several people had spoken to me about on the face of it a local exhibition by artist and printmaker Maisie Parker on life drawing one of my major preoccupation at least as a staring point.
Beautiful, comical in some cases, poinient the large angel, different interpretations bold, then covered, full bodied then a comical bum. different thoughtful and the 2 experiences together a lot of food to refer again to Michael Joo and in producing more work myself a resource