today I will be joining several of my colleagues by participating in this great initiative started by @matthewburrowsstudio in response to the pandemic and giving artists a much needed opportunity to exhibit and sell their work. Follow the posts on instagram and DM me if you want one of the pieces offered. Or visit the page on this website and message me c/o the contact submission form.
despite an open mind and an eclectic approach to the subjects in this new series of small prints...... a theme will inevitably out. I think I'd like to see a few of the series of 10 prints at a larger scale.
As with any technique it takes a while to understand the properties of the materials. It's always so exciting when suddenly one's cooking.
The protagonist of "Becalmed" seeks spiritual shelter in the countryside where his waking reveries and daydreams are balanced by a succession of dreams and nightmares that explore the seemingly irrational, often grotesque world of unconscious desire........ .......possibly not a helpful exploration of becalmed at this time.....
a last day proofing with a press for a while.....new Orlando print, two plates in search of an overlay........
Frederico Fellini's 1960 masterpiece, La Dolce Vita, is rereleased as part of a retrospective at London’s BFI Southbank to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth.
'.....an allegory, a cautionary tale of a man without a centre' Roger Ebert
some of the lovely members at Leicester print workshop who joined Yasmin Canvin and myself for this months 'in conversation' event.
there's always something else going on as plates evolve...............the trick is to notice it.....
‘this mortal envelope‘
This suite of prints is a personal response to the daily news stories and media comment that nestles within my daily routines: lives observed, the political debate I overhear whilst using public transport and the unexpected exchanges in the everyday
The sixteen images for this project are conceived and formatted to incorporate two basic elements: a ‘stage set’ or background layer and an ‘actor’(be it an object or a figure) My intention is to allow the subject to breathe; to create some mystery and space for the viewer to construct their own narrative from the suite.
This idea is to be extended in a tangible way three times during the Re-form exhibition. Once at the initial hang and twice at the Cultural Quarter Lates on Friday 29th November and Friday 31st January. LPW members and visitors are being invited to participate in an informal dialogue as they curate and hang the prints afresh. These iterations will form new relationships with the space, the exhibition and subsequent audiences.
The block hang format of four pieces was configured and the initial iteration was curated by Yasmin Colvin, director of Leicester Print workshop. Her curatorial experience was evident as she considered the whole, thought about space and focus, identified a theme of observation throughout, highlighted the variety of drawing styles and appreciated the balance of layers in the most recent prints.
The second rehang took place at November’s Cultural Quarter Late. It was a lively evening, well attended, with visitors to the exhibition participating in a range of live events.
As an artist it was a privilege to engage with people as they carefully considered the work, more than one person commenting that they were looking more intensely and reflecting more deeply than they would have had all sixteen prints been hung on the wall.The visitors’ dialogues and debates about their chosen narrative, their composition, their choice of images and how they collaborated with each other was revealing. Backgrounds and life experience were varied:an architect, a forensic scientist, arts educators, performing arts administrators, a geneticist etc
Reflecting upon the evening; one of the comments that chimed with me was about how a perceived time pressure (there was a queue of people waiting to participate) had resulted in instinctive choices being made.
I was left pondering if the block format was swapped for a linear hang how would this affect people’s choices and narratives? A task for 31st January Cultural Quarter late.
The images below demonstrate some of November’s compositions and readings.The arrows indicating the direction of veiwing.
In Dora Maurer's work, geometric, mathematical, and conceptual systems all appear. Movement, displacement, perception and transformation have remained consistent threads in her work. Never tied down to one medium, Maurer remains a unique voice, constantly in motion.
Very pleased to be exhibiting 'this mortal envelope' a new suite of lithographic prints, as part of the Reform members exhibition at Leicester Print Workshop.
In response to Print/Process/performance, which featured Fluxus and concrete poetry work from the De Montfort University Art Collection.
Taking inspiration from everyday life, the work explores the role of the artist, as audiences are invited to become collaborators and curators.
Participating artists Hatty Buchanan, Peter Clayton, Beate Dehen, Kate Fortune-Jones, Veronique Mermaz, Theo Miller, Emma Powell, Peter Rapp, Georges Sfougaras, Soraya Smithson, Mita Solanky, Sally Stephens.
16 Nov 2019 - 15 Feb 2020
Cultural Quarter lates - Events
Cut up poetry performance & this mortal envelope collaborative rehang
Fri 29 Nov from 6.00pm
Fri 31 Jan from 6.00pm