Major projects are never routine. So I’m sharing my experience with the Morning Til Night performance at Tate Modern. I arrived early for my 11.30 start – ecstatic it wasn’t 6.30am! The official Start time! It was organised chaos! Katarina Seda‘s vision was to recreate her home village of Bedřichovice in the centre of London. This required positioning 80 artists along the boundaries of a virtual Czech village which had been superimposed on the London streets. Simples? Not! Spots were allocated in advance so it was a case of identifying the numbers on a very small scale map. Then finding the numbered chalk cross in the city streets. For many artists geography is not a strength. The concept was to paint specific scenes from the Czech village overlooking the London Landscape from the corresponding position. Finding my cross St Pauls and the Tate Modern I started painting. Then I met Katerina who pointed out I should be facing the uninspiring wall behind me. Adding to the joke and bemusement of passers by. Mind you, my neighbour Grace’s position was worse! On a traffic island between cycle path and road. Once her easel was up, she had to stand in the road! […]
Social media is an amazing development. And I think all artists should be using it! Why you may ask? Because you never know what doors it may open! Artists should take risks. And not just in their work. Opportunities can arise in the most unexpected of places! Social media is one of those places. Last week before going away I found a Tweet by the Tate Modern. It was a call to Artists to participate in a conceptual art project by Katarina Seda I had many other things I should have been doing… And I mean MANY, MANY things! I hesitated for a moment… And was sorting out my application that evening. After all, what did I have to lose apart from the time filling in a form? Focussing on the holiday, I forgot about it completely! On returning I found an email inviting me to participate. Result! An opportunity to work at one of the most famous Galleries in London! All by reading a chance Tweet. The event’s on 3rd September, I Can’t wait! So, are you finding any good tweets with potential? Do share!
Last weekend I entered some work into the Stockport Open at Stockport Art Gallery. I didn’t really get chance to look around properly. But this was by the main entrance and I could not walk by! This amazing creation by Michelle Brand is made entirely from bottle tops and bottom. All held together with the plastic ties that shops use to hold labels on clothing.
Are you perplexed by modern art? Why are some pieces – where the skill is awe inspiring – barely recognised? Whilst what can only be described as random daubs of paint on a canvas sell for thousands of pounds/dollars? Me too! In an endeavour to broaden my horizons, I visited the Royal Academy’s Summer exhibition. My conclusion? 50% of the works sucked… big time! Possibly the worst, a half torn off strip of masking tape in the middle of a canvas with a scribble of paint above – had actually been sold for £5000. What’s the message? I’m going to see how little I can do and how much someone mug will pay for it? I won’t give the artist’s name as I suspect it was only done to increase the notoriety of the particular “artist” – I use the term loosely. You probably know the name- it’s a celebrity. But celebrity does not always equate with talent? I refer you to Brian Sewell’s vitriolic review of the whole show here! Fortunately there was plenty of talent to be seen, but you had to look for it. Photographing the exhibits is prohibited so I’ve had to trawl internet pages for […]
News flash: I’ve just had an email to say I’m featured on Whopple.com. Yes, little old me! I did the interview back in January, it seems strange to see it now. I’m a bit nervous about the whole PR thing, keep thinking “Why did I say that?”I’ve learnt so much about presentation since then. Hello and Thank you to anyone who’s just followed the link from Whopple and a big Thank you to Anne Marie for including me in the interviews. Off to paint now, will be back on Tuesday with my regular article.
Buckingham is not known for it’s modernity. Having a town centre which has changed little since Georgian times. So imagine my delight when a Contemporary Art Gallery opened last year. Ginny Gray Gallery. And, what’s more, they feature local artists! Major plus in my book. And now, Ginny and Rob Gray the proprietors, have opened a second gallery Yellow Kite gallery. More joy! Well Ginny seems to be happy here! The opening was today and I popped along for a mooch. I was delighted with the informal atmosphere. I often feel awkward in galleries so it’s important to me the vibe is right. They seem to have managed that. OK, before you ask, I’m not on commission here! No one is paying me to publicise the gallery, I just really liked it. I was seriously tempted by a couple of pieces…maybe when funds allow? But until then I’ll just drool. This bronze (above) caught my eye, as did some rather lovely glass pieces. One by a local artist called Twls Johnson (Ammonite scene). I love her work, but I struggle to say her name. It’s Welsh if you need to work it out! There was glasswork by […]