Saturday, July 08, 2017
There is something quite satisfying about a simple line drawing, I often do them in ink.
I might use these as reference for other works or colour them in some way, but at the moment I like them as simple lines.
Some taken from my Venice holiday images and two Buddha heads.
Thursday, June 01, 2017
|Dreamland on the reopening day|
It's been interesting seeing all the changes happening over the last 5 years. From a first look inside at a derelict site with just the old roller coaster in need of a lot of restoration, and abandoned buildings.
|Dreamland with work continuing|
|Parts of dreamland under constuction|
Seeing the plans at that stage for re launch of dreamland as a vintage theme park was exciting.
|Dot Dash art installation at Dreamland.|
|Queuing for the first tickets for Dreamland's opening|
|One of the temporary rides|
Finance problems loomed and changes in ownership, and I think the great pool of local goodwill for Dreamland wasn't utilized sufficiently. But it is still here and financed for the continuation of the venture and further restoration and development.
Many day trippers were arriving from the station this half term week and at the opening Dreamland was packed.
Lots of new landscaping has been done and the whole site looks good, reminding me of the childhood fairgrounds I visited, with out the smell of diesel! They just need the plaster dogs and cats as prizes.
A whole series of concerts and events are planned through the year, but the site is free to enter at any other time, you pay for the rides you want. This is a much better idea than the original one of everyone having to pay to get in whether they went on the rides or not.
Dreamland website here
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
I had been intrigued by publicity for an exhibition called Figures in a Political Landscape, showing 3D sculptures using found materials, so was pleased to be able to call in to see them.
Jemima Brown the artist, was in Crate, using the space as a temporary studio as well as exhibiting her latest work. Website here.http://www.jemimabrown.com/
Jemima's work in Crate includes her sculptural pieces arranged on tables with art work on the walls.
I enjoyed the humour of the found materials she uses to make the figures, which include things like retro glass vases, pot cleaners and tin foil. This humour and the use of found objects draws you into the subjects and invites conversation.
We talked about her early memories of Greenham Common and how that has been an influence on her thinking and art making around the ideas and depictions of women with a social critique.
|Jemima working in Crate|
We also talked about the importance of gathering work together in order to see the links and relationships between pieces. I find that a problem working from home and not having the space to see work altogether.
Jemima was appreciating that opportunity at Crate to take that time and pay attention to exactly how she would arrange her sculptural figures with her figurative drawings.
The exhibition is on over the weekend 2nd/3rd and 4th of June, 1pm till 6pm or by appointment.
The closing party is on Friday 2nd June 6/9pm.
Crate's website for details I really recommend a visit to Jemima's exhibition.
CRATE Studio and Project Space
1 Bilton Square
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
We were staying very close to St Mark's Square and spent the days walking the streets, taking photographs and making a few sketches. Many shops had glass, stationary and masks in them. Most of the glass from the island of Murano, made in a vast range of products from jewelry to intricate sculptures. I was drawn to the handmade books with marbled or block printed covers and bought one small sketchbook.
It was a very different feel with no cars, buses taxis etc on the main island and walking was much more enjoyable.
The winged lion of Venice was very much part of my experience and I felt very connected to the history and symbolism of the city.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
I went to the opening of Material Matters at the Pie Factory Gallery in Margate on Friday.
Open 10th to 21st March 10-5pm Tuesdays to Sundays. Pie factory website here
I am always drawn to light and Flora Gare's piece Castles in the Air seemed playful and explored resin and lights in a sandcastle form. I have been thinking of using resin for a while to cast seaside themed objects and so it was interesting to see that done well and with the addition of lights.
The exhibition is part of the women's festival POW and includes five woman who work in a variety of materials. I really enjoyed the exhibition and it is well worth a visit.
Julie Parker is showing work made out of such things as hair and lint. Artists using hair always intrigue me, showing the visceral feeling of something that was attached to our body and associations with ritual and the sacred. Loose Ends, made from such things as bed sheets, wax and wire, is a large sculptural from suspended from the ceiling. The work for me has organic links with animal and
I also enjoyed looking at I Spy (Night) a circular mono print that evoked the night sky and landscape.
Sally Childs was showing Shibari inspired paintings and soft bodied figures. The paintings were evoking the female body with the sinuous forms of the ropes used in Shibari. Evocative and sometimes unsettling they draw you into the image and forms portrayed. I also loved the calligraphic
marks of her dancer pieces.
Sally Hayes often works with plastics and in The Little Black Sack Veolia's Little Black Dress,
a model form was showing a black dress made of woven and shaped plastic strips and pieces, which played on the nature of bin bags and fashion. Sally's plastic drawings were also playful and I loved the little dragon forms.
The glass in Shirley Eccles work evoked fragility and strength to me, glass though sometimes easily broken can last centuries. In her piece The Roads We Walk, I saw the glass shapes forming shoe lasts and echos of feet. I liked her use of hot glass in drawing, scorching the paper and then threads of glass left on them.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Imperial House was originally called Imperial Hotel, and is one of the worlds oldest flat iron buildings, and was built over 20 years earlier than the famous Flatiron building in New York.
The exhibition includes painting, photography and illustration and I have a wooden box in the exhibition, that I have drawn a picture of the building on.
The box, an re purposed tea box, was made to look like an old souvenir of the flat iron building, painted and distressed.
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