The Turner Prize Courts controversy. This years winner Martin Boyce has again been greeted with the usual disdain. The Guardian‘s Jonathan Jones argues the case for George Shaw (above)- another of the 4 contenders. And I’m inclined to agree with him. Although I quite like Martin Boyce’s work, George Shaw’s gritty creations would be lauded if he worked in other media such as television or written word. But not the visual arts! I wonder. Why? The truth is controversy sells, the more controversial the piece the more likely it will be snapped up by some wealthy individual aiming to make a statement. Or so it appears to the outsider. But I wonder if people who buy such works actually like them? Or are just interested in the status? I’m reading a book called “The $12,000,000 stuffed shark” by Don Thompson. The book looks at the high end Contemporary Art Market and it’s clear that this high monetary value has little or no correlation with the quality or, some would argue, importance of the artwork. Quoting Jerry Saltz of The Village Voice, Don strikes a chord:- 85% of new contemporary art is bad. But experts disagree on which art it is. […]
Do you like rejection? Truth is, nobody does! And artist’s face a lot of rejection. The gut reaction is to lash out in anger! And direct that anger towards those on the selection panel. Most of us quickly learn to temper these reactions and take a more philosophical approach. But, my eyes have been opened this week. Those who’ve been following my blog will know I’ve booked a large venue for an exhibition in May next year. I’ve put out requests for artists to join me. And artists have… More artists than I have adequate space to display work. responded…I was secretly hoping that only 10 would respond. So I’ve had a dilemma, I’ve had to engage in a selection process…Ughh! Now, I’m not someone who enjoys offending other people. In fact I go out of my way to avoid it! But having to select some artists means I’m having to reject others. And deciding who to select and reject has been a headache. I’ve been as careful as I can. Trying to be fair and to let the people down gently. Composing a letter to notify those I can’t include has been excruciating. Nonetheless it had to be done! […]
Sometimes in life you have to take risks! Well? I’ve gone and done something really Big and Scary! Well, it is for me. I’m organising an exhibition in Oxford to Coincide with Oxford Artweeks! Why? I need to raise my game and find more exhibition opportunities. Or create them! So, when I received an email from Oxon Artweeks mentioning possible venues. I investigated. Finding a venue in Oxford City Centre. But Realising it’s too big for me to do alone. I approached my neighbour. He’s a photographer keen on organising something. We decided to team up. Realising if we enlist 10 more artists… An Exhibition it is a distinct possibilty… So, several emails and phonecalls later, the hall and exhibition boards are booked. Now I’m looking for 10 more people to join us. And the Roller Coaster ride is off! Will it be scary or thrilling? I don’t know. Whatever it is, it should be interesting… Watch here and find out!
Do you struggle with Procrastination? I do! I have an art exhibition in 2 weeks and this is the only piece that’s ready! Which is quite advanced for me! I’ve known about it for months, yet only now am I focusing and I have lots of other things to do as well! Why do I put off things I know I’ll love once I get started? Most procrastination is caused by fear and uncertainty. To help me in overcoming my diffidence! I created a list with countermeasures. Here goes… Uncertain what to do/where to start! – The only answer here is to start doing something. Even if it ends up in the bin! Any action creates inertia. By failing, you figure out a better way to complete the task. Other commitments encroaching. – Unless you’re single and friendless and have masses of servants and are happy to keep the status quo. (i.e. you’re living in a bubble). Most of us have other people in our lives. Other commitments cannot be ignored. But it’s easy to allow the rest of your life take over. Schedule time to create and stick to it! Feeling overwhelmed – Including Guilt – “I should […]
Sketching is a pain… Or so I’ve always felt. I’m too impatient. Cross hatching and shading is slow. I like picking up a brush and painting immediately. I now realise my main problem is… Drawing isn’t sketching! I’ll say that again. Sketching and drawing are not the same thing. Although we use them like they are. And it took me a while to realise that. Sketching frees up your mind! Allowing you to figure out the potential errors in a composition and improving the quality of the finished line. It’s fast, free and dynamic. Drawing is controlled, precise. Yes, it can begin with sketching but you end up correcting the errors as the work progresses. But I like the errors, the mismash of lines as you define the correct one. I work in pen, an unforgiving medium. It gives cleaner lines and doesn’t smudge when the book is closed. Whilst I admit to missing the gradation of pencil, ink travels well. I’d been drawing! With this single revelation, the penny dropped. Suddenly I was sketching in volume and loving it. But, in preparing for paintings, my reluctance to sketch persists. Sure I sketch, but I’m painting other things. By sketching […]