New York

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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.

 

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Letting the light in!

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Dissertation submitted following a really  very interesting process, of reading and researching on how the contemporary artist deals with ageing and how that influences their emerging image. i looked at a range of artists including painter Mira Schor photographer Rosy Martin  and a performance artist Suzanne Lacy. 

I sense all i have done is begun a search and process as much for myself as the requirements of a degree.

I became aware of projects addressing the subject of how ageing women areare portrayed. including the representing ageing project set up in partnership with amongst others Sheffield university.

I continue working working on my own house and art space, including taking a window space out to let the light in, metaphoric! So I include this photograph of the light coming through the new window space as my own work of art in itself.

 

Venice biennale -thinking through 

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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 

Beginning again

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Back at Bath Spa again for the final part of my 3rd year of the Fine Art degree.

A dissertation to write  and a presentation & new website to construct for Professional Practice.

Had a very art based weekend,

  • Friday at Frieze Art Show
  • Saturday morning stewarding at Black Swan Gallery in my nearly new home town of Frome. the amazing show by Gladys Paulus  is just so evocative I will continue to tell everyone about. felt costume images of her family history
  • Saturday evening at the PV for Wells contemporary art show WAC entitled Rewind Its  basically a review of the recent winners of the competition following the death of Kate Noble who was a leader in its inception.

Where will my own art work feature in what I am doing as the  Studio practice element of the degree is now complete.

To some extent there is a relief that I can just take sometime to consolidate without having to constantly put everything out there for scrutiny

Well practically all I have done  re my own work is begun to create a new white base layer on a collage I completed sometime ago. and from here?

Latest view and a humorous take

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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.

 

Maria Lassnig exhibition

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Maria Lassnig

 After a number of months wishing to get to this exhibition I made it last week! On Maria Lassnig a Painting Survey, 1950 – 2007. This has been touring internationally for a number years.

It demonstaed how her work progressed, She started working abstractly in geometric form, and there were examples of abstract monotone work in the 1950s. Thereafter moving to colour and then the transformation into paintings focused on how she focused her own body experience . Her work has been compared to that of the surrealists. Her education was interrupted by the war and I am unclear quite what happened to her artistic and other education with the annexation of Austria. I would assume neither her abstract or figuration would fit with acceptability of the Nazi era

 

A description of her work from Hauser and Wirth in the gallery in which ‘she captured physical sensation as felt from within. Lassnig devoted much of her career to recording her physiological states through a direct and unflinching style, believing that truth resides in the emotions produced within the physical shell.’

 

A quotation from the artist displayed in the exhibition perhaps are art work itself ‘I stand as it were, nude in front of the canvas, without intention, without plans, without a model, without photography, and let things take shape. But I have a starting point which arose from the realisation that the only truly real things   are my own sensations, which transpire within the house of my body; they’re psychological, the sensations of pressure when sitting and reclining, of tensions and spatial extension- such things are rather difficult to depict.

Frequently used animals perhaps a frog where one might see a human limb emerge.

 

Fascinating to introduce another who has no knowledge of her visceral work

Traces

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As I am working through various options for series paintings /pastels my images are becoming lighter, it feels more ethereal, making suggestions rather than statements.

So although the previous ones have been about the body these pick up on lines marks on the jezzo or canvas giving a very different feel, and is very much something I have not done before. Its also interesting to me that with the previous blog about imperfection there were errors in making, here there were not really errors at all but using natural blemishes and thus a connection to skin.

Avis Newman (Tate modern search) has been a great inspiration with this with her gestural works painted on canvas   that she hung on the wall during the 1980s.