A week of exhibitions

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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

 

 

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Honouring Ester-forced walks

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I have spend much of today at the main site of Bathspa university at an enormous video screen. This is where there is a live link up with a memorial walk that is taking place between Belsen and the work camp which Ester Bruenstein survived. Her daughter Lorna is taking part in the walk. A replication of the walk has already taken place in Somerset last year led by Lorna and Richard White who makes walking his art practice #forced walks #walknow.

This walk is taking on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp

forced walks website

How did I come to be here, well interest and concern is one reason, I came cross Richard’s practice through the Richard Long masterclass in November,  work building on IT skills is another, and hoping to be able to add whatever’s possible from my experience of engaging with the public and the sound clips we got to work through my phone do seem to make it less likely for people to walk past without engaging

Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Bill Viola

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These wonderful very moving video installations were the definite highlight of a winter visit. All you could do was stand watch and absorb!

web link YSP Bill Viola         video link

In many videos as ever with Viola water poured, fire and light, the essence of life, words of a Sufi poet, Buddhism, Christian mysticism all play a part and it seems to move and speak for me to the inner woman. Notably much of the technical innovation comes from Viola’s partner Kira Perov

Viola’s slowly moving figures showed paths between life and death, mothers and daughters, youngsters approaching adulthood, facing all that life brings, all stages of life are here, aging and the search for eternity among other things.

viola2

For me the man searching for immortality , woman searching for eternity were the highlight, these 2 aging naked figures scrutinized their skin for blemishes and any signs of aging, as I look at the aging process for my work,  including my own, the acceptance, appreciation  apparent in this video speaks as many have found deep to the soul.