Coda

art, Bargehouse, bathspa university, Body, Coda, Exhibition, feminism, traces

This  Graduate exhibition has run its course, its been a learning curve both showing my own work and dealing with the complexities of setting up a rota involving 35 participants!  All in the past now.  Near the end of the show   I was energised by the sale of my second of the Yellow moves painting to someone whose experience  of the Art world is much greater than mine.   This painting Yellow Move 2 was put together very shortly before our work was sent to London. it was not thought about or considered in advance it just came! In fact it was too late to be part of the exhibition and therefore was placed in the exhibition shop. The image came about from an image made of a model moving in a life drawing session, which I took into my series yellow move . I experienced  this sale  was a real compliment.

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Within the exhibition itself I hung ‘2 right feet’ based on the topic of bodily imperfection, and rerefered sometimes coordination issues something that I am familiar with, and issues surrounding ageing

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and yes I will go on, certainly with more work including more Yellow moves and hopefully in time more formal as well as informal study.

I also exhibited a photographic work, ‘Letting the Light in’ experimenting with twinning images this time on the far from white wall! Both of these works introduced I felt a spookiness IMG_0036.jpg

 

 

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Looking

bill viola, Body, Exhibition, history, Installation, Uncategorized

It’s a complex issue about how much quantity of art to look at before it becomes overwhelming, whether it’s a better use of time to spend looking at one or 2 pieces of work in detail, or to go around one or 2 exhibitions to get an overall impression, but is guess it’s how it takes you.

I’ve just spent 2 days in London part with a group from university and part of the time on my own. Usually when I’m with others I go round exhibition more speedily. This time it was reversed. Maybe it was the character of the exhibitions we visited together influenced how the viewing was done. First starting at Tate Modern artist rooms of Bruce Newman and the monumental Joseph Beys. Then the exhibition at Tate Britain All Too Human so much Lucien Freud, then also part of the London Group of the 60s Micheal Andrews gentle painting, teaching his daughter to swim, Kossoff’s the swimming pool and the huge to my suprise Paula Rego. The luminosity of paint in Rego’s work which I had not seen before drew me in to just stand and stare, perhaps I’m answering my own question.

Then Wednesday starting the day in St. Paul’s cathedral communion,  under the eye of Bill Viola’s martyrs. Looking and experiencing both physically and visually. It was apparently the feast day of St Perpetua a female martyr featured on Thought for the Day yesterday. what more could I  do than look at Viola’s visceral images and participate.

New York

art, Exhibition, feminism, history, Installation, Louise Bourgeois, Maria Lassnig, New York, sculpture, Uncategorized

It’s  nearly 2 weeks since we returned from an amazing visit, that came out of the Blue. Friend Liz Smith had opportunity to sing as part of an international choir in Carnegie Hall, and her kind friends Revd’s Brenda Husson and Tom Faulkner offered accommodation to her and this unknown woman.

What an opportunity for me to see art! and the rest of New York.  Tom as a sculptor offered daily advice on planning what to see which was appreciated greatly. My own photos seem to be very much the outside of buildings. Sometimes I was so overcome by the site of a work that I recognised. This particularly included the Whitney where a compilation of American art gave me a context, and there was Alice Neel’s Pat Wheelan   union official and activist.

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Look at his hands. You know how it is when you see  something that is so real? so much to see in that exhibition and then also in the Whitney, ‘an incomplete history of protest 1940 to 2017, everything possible from Vietnam war protests, to Guerrilla girls, feminist action,  Aids epidemic, black rights.
All so individually important in the history of civil rights.

 

 

 

Then to Moma with my niece Amy Scragg who just happened to be in New York at the same time, obviously Van Gogh’s Starry, Starry Night, rediscovery of Louise Bourgeois for textile artist Amy, and discovery for me of photographer Stephen Shore     , this is beginning to sound like a travelog!

Then to PSI an addition to Moma, P1000076.jpgthe retrospective on Carolee Schneemann, ‘Kinetic Painting‘,  this extraordinary performance artist who used her own body to becoming the ‘image and image maker’10_Carolee Schneemann Eye Bodyand avant guard of the 60s 70 and 80s. Her film on making apple pie in the American meaning was quite  hilarious,with all its connotations /America.

A trip with so many more discoveries that are impossible and too long to list, lots about American history, conflict, emergence of civil rights so much more, and in the present situation wow!

and then music Carnegie Hall, wonderful concert, and a play with history comedy and music, Farinelli and the King- Philip 111 of Spain  madness eased by music, an actor and musician playing the part of the counter tenor by pairing and working symbiotically together.

 

A bit fun in Bath, now renamed!

art, bathspa university, Exhibition, mistakes, study, traces

A last minute entry to this exhibition, somewhat quirky. It needed to be the size of an LP record. So I reappropriate a piece of my own work, update it, add some seasonal sparkle.  A tad lazy. But would you expect otherwise? Outside the frame. So Katie whose curating looks at it as such. Now it’s received a new name, thanks to #LenFour-o at http://www.44ad.net/ 44AD; renamed Howard the Owl, remembering Howard Hodgkin!

Venice biennale -thinking through 

art, Art of independence, bathspa university, Body, Exhibition, politics, Uncategorized, Venice biennale

W,hat an experience, so much seen it’s overwhelming and now to reflect and think through.

From pylidda Barlow in the British pavilion, outstretched into every corner and space with colour and structure, fragile yet strong 

 Never been to Venice before so working out directions or more often following others. The shear volume of pavilions and indeed artworks at the main sites of Gardini and Arsenale, both with all the different countries pavilion. Highlights are many, so I can only give an impression, a snapsho, gosh this whole business of camera phones means that I collect all these images , the battery runs out and there is a blank space, what is the art! 

Whether it is Ireland’s Jesse jones ‘tremble tremble ‘ an archaic witch figure requesting a transformation of history, or Russia with grey and white visions of totalitarian states, always a duality in both context and agenda.

Then the individual selected artists in the Arsenal, wonderful to find favourites like Kiki Smith with her light effemeral line, of female form questioning asking,new discoveries too, the work of Zilia Sanchez, a Cuban artist working away all her life it sounds like Phyllida Barlow suddenly rising to prominence in her late 80s. Or Damian Hirst answering his own questions about the art market with a huge monstrous structures of a fictitious treasure trove, that never was, and the finds that never could have been blazed, occasionally beautiful but undoubtedly questioning art.

And then the find of ‘Intuition’ at the museso fortunay http://fortuny.visitmuve.it/en/mostre-en/mostre-in-corso-en/intuition-exhibition/2017/04/17284/intuition-fortuny/ masterpieces hidden away against Fotunay stage sets. Cy Twombly, Picasso, Joseph beuys, the suggestions of Japanese art, names I don’t know 

Latest view and a humorous take

art, bathspa university, Body, Exhibition, traces, Uncategorized

Well that’s part of my studio space as it stands at the moment . Better late than never!, This newish piece are the my 3 right feet, reflecting both the reality of the imperfection that comes with ageing, and issues surrounding coordination, in the studio this stands above and some work I’ve  been trying with different grounds with added texture  and a  moving figure, you will see this later.

There’s  so many fun comments coming from the idea of 3 right feet, thanks Gary Corbett for the yard one! I had thought I’ve got 2 left feet why not 3 right ones!

Also thanks to Ra about compliment re moving figure on yellow! But as I said you will see that later.

I also love  colour, so the white background is a bit different for me,    I’m naturally drawn to colour and the experience of vibrancy in everything I do. But humour will survice for now.

 

Louise Bourgeois H & W exhibition

art, Exhibition, feminism, Louise Bourgeois, memorial, somerset, study

I have found this exhibition of Louise’s work really encouraging,and evocative, prints botanical and humanity, textiles and sculpture addressing the psychological, made in the later part of her life ie 80s and 90s! and working through her life and experiences as she always did. The wording alongside the printed image above’ I’m losing my mind, my feeling, the keys’ ( yes I know that experience). I went to a seminar there yesterday which looked at Louise in her context of becoming famous in her 70s when she was known and worked with well known others decades before.The position of women artists historically, and the reality of it being an issue still. An argument for the end to a chronological approach. Reflecting   quite a lot of attention on current  printmaking and artists books with subversive message and meaning. Often Women artists publishing them now. Hope? or as there was discussion still an appropriate theme? A young student responded yes we still need these issues raising as we know they are still current