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Monday, 31 July 2017

Three Girls Two Boys One Dog



Three Girls, Two Boys, One Dog

Mixed Media Collage on MDF Board 2017
21x30 (cm)
8x12 (ins)

There are more pictures of this piece and many others over on my Behance portfolio or my main Washbelly website.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Clumsy Waists


Clumsy Waists

Mixed Media Collage on MDF Board 2017
21x30 (cm)
8x12 (ins)

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Incredible Woppas




Incredible Woppas


Mixed Media Collage on MDF Board 2017
21x30 (cm)
8x12 (ins)
There are more pictures of this piece and many others over on my Behance portfolio or my main Washbelly website. 

Friday, 28 July 2017

All the Evil in the World



All the Evil in the World


Mixed Media Collage on MDF Board 2017
21x30 (cm)
8x12 (ins)
See more pictures of this piece over on my Behance portfolio or my main Washbelly website.  

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Being Radicalised



Being Radicalised


Mixed Media Collage on MDF Board 2017
21x30 (cm)
8x12 (ins)
See more pictures of this piece over on my Behance portfolio or my main Washbelly website. 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Go in hard ...

... or not at all! I'm cleaning house! Drilling down deep and cutting the crap. That's the website, the portfolio, the fraughtpolio, rejigging, rephotographing, sorting, deleting. House cleaning. I'm asking myself if I've made any progress in fifty plus years. Looking at the photograph above I'm seriously beginning to doubt it. Still, the rabbit was ripped to pieces by a pack of dogs, so ... mustn't grumble!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Still in Two Minds


There's still a part of me saying give up, while another part says persevere. Not with the creative in general, just a specific part of it. To avoid any hard decision making I spent the better part of the day working for the man and the rest of it getting work off the floor and onto the walls.

Monday, 24 July 2017

In Two Minds


I'm caught in two minds again. Is the universe trying to tell me something? I'm suspicious.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Back Again


Let us take stock, since stock is what I'm working on. There are about 17 new pieces to share with you. They are of the same ilk as what has gone previously, small scale collages on MDF board, sketches really, without any great thought and allowing the sub-conscious to battle it out with the conscious to come up with some kind of pleasing arrangement. After that there are 14 more collages, albeit on different tip, with an eye to narrative (haven't quite worked that out yet). And there are seven big MDF blanks and several more frames begging for content.

And. And. And. There are about twenty, more or less, collages made back in 2016 that didn't quite make the grade as pleasing objects in their own right. I'll keep the odd example and likely include photographs of all in any catalogue I might make at the end of the year for proof of life, concept or evidence of crime. Whatever.

Those works that didn't make it past the censor however cannot rest in piece. I'll mine their dead bodies for materials and mayhap some digital pieces, which, one might hope, might in turn influence further real world objects. I'm like a dog with a chew stick. I like to worry images until they work for me. They are never allowed to rest once entered into my canon.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Dizzy Gender


Dizzy Gender

Mixed Media Collage on MDF Board
21x30 (cm)
8x12 (ins)

To see more pictures of this piece head on over to my Behance portfolio or to my main Washbelly website.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Masterpiece Collect


Masterpiece Collect

Mixed Media Collage on MDF Board
21x30 (cm)
8x12 (ins)

This is a just a detail. To see more pictures of this piece head on over to my Behance portfolio or to my main Washbelly website.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

All Just a Dream


All Just a Dream

Mixed Media Collage on MDF Board
21x30 (cm)
8x12 (ins)

This is a just a detail. To see more pictures of this piece head on over to my Behance portfolio or to my main Washbelly website.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Something On Your Lip


Something On Your Lip

Mixed Media Collage on MDF Board
21x30 (cm)
8x12 (ins)

See more pictures of this piece on my Behance portfolio or on my main Washbelly website.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Tate Modern

Before a man had to do what a man had to do I made a visit to the Tate Modern. Were money no object I would have gone to the Royal Academy (but £14 versus FREE was really no contest) and had I more time (it flies you know) I would have graced both National Galleries with my presence. Not that I'm sure I made the right choice in the end because I found the Tate to be a truly irritating space. Very modern I'm sure. Certainly not made for human beans like me.


The feeling that every single person in the building was on a mission to frustrate my progress or collide with me at speed was hard to shake. I mean the inexplicable outbreak of walking backwards without looking reached epidemic proportions early on in my visit and there didn't seem to be any sign of a cure as I left.

I paid a donation of one shiny pound coin for a map that was completely indecipherable. If there was any logic to the progression from room to room then it escaped me. In fact it seemed to positively encourage walking for no good reason allowing you to miss whole sections at a time without realising they had been missed. To add injury to insult the tiny plaques providing information and context were placed as far from the work as possible. I might have been curious about an interesting work but put a 14ft walk ahead of any investigation and you're likely to put people off.

The whole thing is hideous and grubby.

And then you have to consider what they are actually showing. Picasso. Rothko. Monet, Matisse. I'm struggling to think how you could show them to worse effect. The four Matisse backs were thrilling, when I wasn't being jostled by lunatic French students trying to impress their impressive girlfriends!

I scribbled a few notes and thought 'I'll look these up when I get home. It'll be easier'. Talk about an experience. I won't discount ever going back ...

On the upside. I discover two rather difficult artists I was previous unaware of. I am amused by by choice as they seem to stand poles apart. Anyway, despite the hideous and grubby surroundings I was impressed by both Carrie Mae Weems and Kelley Walker. One a black woman, the other a white man. Both appropriating images. Oh boy! Walker has committed some controversial work on race, but I was looking at his reworked Volkswagen adverts. The work by Weems was all about race and I recognised the appropriated Mapplethorpe. I dunno. Strange times. All times strange.

From Here I Saw What Happened And I Cried


And then I was unimpressed by the Millennium Bridge also. So hard to please me!



 

The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! at the Serpentine Gallery was the object of my journey. I didn't take a lot of pictures and those I did take were more notes than anything else. You can find proper pictures of these most anywhere on the net yourself if you are so inclined. I have an eye on increasing my library! When funds permit.

But to give you a flavour ... my own pics ...











And what did I think of it? Well, I'll let you into a little secret. A few days earlier I was wondering about the fact that I'm rarely moved by static art. I'm easily moved by music and film, never by an image, a painting, a sculpture. I mean I appreciate them. Understand them occasionally! But I'm never moved deep down at a core level. Well, until now that is.

Honestly. I was overcome. Struggling to hold it together. The bottom lip had a mind of its own.

So all in all it was one of the most amazing exhibitions I have ever seen. I didn't stop long --- as I didn't want to make a scene! And just for clarity's sake. It was the sketchbooks wot did for me.

Wasn't expecting that! I've long been an admirer of his, but to see the work in the flesh was another thing entirely.

The Gallery Experience

I stumble into the first gallery I come to in Hyde Park without realising it's not the one I intended. Still, a gallery is a gallery, and I venture forth.

Arthur Jafa: A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions transforms the Serpentine Sackler Gallery into an immersive assemblage of still and moving images. The exhibition also includes the work of three additional voices: the photographer Ming Smith, @nemiepeba - the Instagram feed of artist Frida Orupabo - and content from the YouTube channel of Missylanyus. Together, these three ‘platforms’ or ‘guests’ are integral to Jafa’s presentation throughout the Gallery, and acknowledge the influence of others’ work within his own practice.
Must admit I don't know how to take some of the digital video pieces. They all seem a bit random, a bit easy. I gamely wear my headphones and try to take it in. Aside from the multimedia happenings, I do rather like the more formal objects, photographs and images. I think you'll get the general tone and theme if I describe the massive confederate flag that has been dyed a solid matt black. Might sound a bit mheh, but it's actually quite engaging. You don't want to stay with it too long in case you get sucked in! Needless to say it doesn't photograph well!

There are some other pieces that remind me of failed ideas of my own. Rendered perfectly here of course. Part collage, part paper dolls, attractive and demanding at the same time. This is not my picture, I don't take any photos. It's a fairly modest space and I get around it quite quickly.


Also not my picture, but a lasting takeaway perhaps are the loose leaf ring bound 'notebooks' ... extraordinary! And entirely by co-incidence I spy (only now) an image I'll see again later!


Now. Onwards to the Serpentine Gallery proper!

The Zombie Apocalypse


So, I take a walk from the station of Saint Pancreas to Trafalgar Square. I thought I'd come back to The National Gallery but I ran out of time! As you can see there's not a soul about.


Seriously, zombie apocalypse time on The Mall. I skipped over into St. James's Park, avoiding the giant ducks and park keepers, and headed on down to see if mummy was in.


Well, she might have been in, but she wasn't answering the bell. Still no one about you'll notice! Well maybe a few early birds, but still. Wonderful. Peace. Quiet.


Past the old homestead and on to Green Park. Now the household cavalry are out and about which makes me think I've not seen a horse in a while. This is what happens when you don't get out much! Of course all the parks have odd memorials dotted about the place. This one below celebrating the Canadians who came over to fight in two world wars. Obviously modern in design with water flowing over it, much like nearly every other modern memorial I see today, but still very nice and calming. And quiet.


And then there are more giant ducks on the Serpentine in Hyde Park. This park is getting busy by comparison. Joggers, skaters, horse riders, but these people all strike me as being locals. Mostly.


I discover there are two sites for the Serpentine Gallery. I visit both and make my way back the way I came. By now it is 11am and all the parks, streets and squares are now heaving with tourists. What a change about. Certainly something I shall remember in future. Get in there early and then get out!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Arrival


Can't quite believe nobody checks my tickets. Either on the train or at either end! No wonder people take liberties! I look like scum too, but maybe they've too busy checking the suited and briefcased brigade. It's always the well-off that fare dodge. Historical fact.



Anyway, much as I'd like to check in to Hogwarts hotel, my visit will only be flying, so I'll bypass this architectural wonder and head down the same streets I always do when visiting Londinium.


This spot has always been on my regular route. There but for the grace of God eh? Except I never take the bus, or the tube, to where I usually go. And this visit there are no comic book fairs, cons, or marts of any sort. And I don't have any money to spend this time either, so I head down the map ... and what a wonderful city London is ... between 7.30 and 10am that is!


There's no one around. Well, hardly anyone. This time I'm heading for the parks so that I can break my long walk with the odd sit down. I'm heading for the Serpentine gallery and I have two and half hours to kill before it opens. It's a lovely day. I've no baggage. Things seem altogether quite tolerable. Wonders never cease!

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