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.

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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.

Pat Wheelan

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 week of exhibitions

art, bathspa university, Installation, life drawing, Uncategorized

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.

id Painting 12

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. Maisie Parker - Love Life

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