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Sunday was the final day of Eden and to mark the end of the exhibition photographer Arta Kane arranged a photoshoot combining the 2 week installation artwork with 2 models and a collection of donated plants from the Stone Space’s visitors. Below is a quick slideshow of snaps taken by me from the shoot. I will be sharing the amazing work of photographer Arta Kane in the next post. Busy as ever in the studio with some interesting and demanding commissions, will reveal more soon.
So the London Art Fair is now over, a massive thank you to Opus Arts for supporting my work and showing the pieces at the London Art Fair – all wort represented at the fair (and more besides) are available from their website
There was much expectation from Artists and galleries across the country at this year’s Fair, lots of great things on show and in my humble opinion some not so great things. Galleries pushing boundaries and some playing it safe. The Fair is always a good chance to see a lot of work in one space but that can also be it’s downfall – being bombarded with so many pieces in one room can sometimes give you a bit of a headache, however I really enjoyed the project space this year and discovered some exciting artists who opened my eyes to possible ways of working. It’s good to feed on this visual bombardment and absorb new influences but visiting the fair just makes me want to return to the studio and push my work further. Sometimes it can make you realise how far you have to go with your own body of work, it highlights things that you are missing from your own pieces and bodies of work but in a positive way.
Today I am working on a couple of projects and looking forward to some events in February which seem to have arrived far faster than I anticipated!!
The Wing Assignment
A good friend, Nina Farrell from KIAD (way back in 95!!), has put together a fantastic concept for an exhibition, using wings as an influence and starting point she has called upon various artists to produce images which will form part of an exhibition later this year. I have decided to keep the same format I used for the Journey pieces and am currently exploring the theme of old nursery rhymes and superstition for the piece. Here’s some work in progress images.
The Sketchbook Project
The fantastic Sketchbook project, which I became involved with last year is now touring the UK as well as many locations worldwide. If you haven’t heard of this project already – you should look it up. inspiringly ambitious, the project sent out over 28,000 books last year and exhibited just under 10,000 (artists!!) returned full sketchbooks as part of it’s tour in 2011. I was really happy to have work in the touring exhibition which allows you to check out an artists sketchbook – library book style – from any number of it’s travelling locations. This year’s book needs to be complete by the end of January. The work I have produced for this year is based on the concept along the line, and has really been a therapeutic return to automatic and abstract drawing. The type of work that you can really lose yourself in. It’s tempting to just travel around with this little book soaking up the atmosphere of different places and allowing drawings to take shape. I am looking to devote a couple of hours a day over the next week to complete the work but for now here is a sneak peek at some of the pages.
Sending out packs of the new winter postcards which are available from Etsy. These have been great fun to send – something about sending artwork through the post and making a parcel something really special to receive gives me a lot of joy. Over the last couple of days I have sent out about 15 packs and I am not sure if I can continue to manage a full drawing on each envelope but it’s fun so I find it hard to resist. Plus the final action of sealing the envelope with a wax sealing stamp is just so satisfying.
Here’s a sample image of the cards and some of the envelopes but you can see plenty more over on my facebook page (I post them up just before sending)
Art For Heart’s Sake
A little reminder that I will be showing the work Margarita at a charity auction on February 9th. with the exhibition running from the 10th – 17th February 2012.Please do come along and support this great cause. If you would like tickets to the event please RSVP email@example.com
Private View 1st february – It would be amazing if you could make it along for the Debut Contemporary Private View on the 1st Feb, I will be showing some new works including the Tryptich ‘Immortal’ – to attend the evening please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 221 1651
Some of the pieces on show …
2 original pieces were sold recently, Another Place, at debut contemporary and Swarm through Eyestorm. .. both below
Many thanks for the support of my work…
… I’m off to post envelopes – then to the studio!!
some images from the private view of Journey and Exhibition
A new poster advertising a forthcoming exhibition of my work in New Orleans is currently at Bond Street Tube Station. If you get a chance to pass by and take a picture please email to me.
The new work from the Harvest series will be appearing soon in walthamstow village at the castle pub
I have been fortunate enough to secure the Luna Lounge venue for the Arts trail in Leytonstone which has distinct advantages for the lightbox work I am now producing – Firstly there are 3 or 4 large scale lightboxes already installed on the walls of the Luna Lounge which I can slip work into and secondly the lighting is perfect for seeing through the postcard boxes. I have now constructed 3 new lightboxes to house the postcard project and am embarking on a series of work exploring the theme of secrecy and the unseen which will use a similar format. Below are sample images of the three boxes in daylight and with the internal lights switched on to show through the postmarks and wording on the reverse – these boxes are currently for sale at £100.00 each contact email@example.com
Looking forward to getting involved with this years LAT – particularly with 100sqft but also with the great ‘let’s fill leytonstone with art’ which encourages individuals in the borough to display artwork in their windows.
Sounds like a great idea and a great opportunity to play with the lightbox idea on a large scale!! looking forward to see what people show!
And the effect with the light on… you can see the stamp and circular mark made by the wax embossing stamp along with the address information, and writing…
I think this could make an interesting concept for a project allowing the piece to change depending upon the lighting conditions – whereby in the day the images reflect normality and at night they reveal the full picture…
After visiting the fantastic drawing exhibition at the British Museum I was particularly struck by the effect of lighting on some of the double sided glass frame pieces. I noticed that as people moved about the gallery obscuring the light on the backs of the frames it enabled the viewer to see either one or both sides of the image simultaneously. I thought that would be a great way to display the postcards that Royal Mail had managed to get back home safely. - This image shows the housing which contains one of the postcards, it is fitted with a pull cable light attached to a washer …. kind of a miniature lightbox