i finally got to the radical eye exhibition today and loved it - it was a surprise to find that elton john is a photography collector but it is an impressive set of photos. the exhibition is photos from around 1915 onwards through to the 50s - the modernist period. the frames are incredibly ornate which is quite fun. but it was a real treat to get up close to see work by the likes of edward weston, minor white, dorothea lange (and yes the migrant mother photo is there and stunning), man ray. the film of an interview with elton about his photos was really good too...
i love anthony gormley's work so it was great to visit his fit exhibition which is currently on at white cube gallery bermondsey. as ever he mainly explores the human form. it's fabulous and amzing that it's free to get in.
the photo above is taken from inside a long body shape tunnel that you walk down. because it's a phone camera it couldn't handle the light which makes for a pretty interesting photo. the photo is actually jenny's head exploding with light rather than mine but didn't make such a good title for it!
i loved a room of 500 plus figures on the floor making human shapes from blocks. this one is curled in the foetal position withdrawing, vulnerable filled with shame perhaps...
was a treat to have lou baker artist satying this week while she is exhibiting in barking in a show of yarn and knitting called unravelling - it's on until next weekend. i have added a few photos here but i found myself drawn to the colours which i tried to abstract. lou told me this piece was to do with waves and it certainly looks like the sea when stripped down to its colours... it's probably annoying for lou for me to have done that but i did take some photos of the work too. reminds me very much of your work blythe toll if you are reading!
having said i'd mention a few books i've read this year i have since failed to do so - start of term and all that!
but one short, easy to read book i loved is think like an artist by will gompertz. i probably like it because i think like an artist (at least judging by this book). i like books on creativity. but the thought that i was musing on when reading it was how similar the ways of thinking gompertz describes for artists are to pioneers. i guess it's because the gift that pioneers bring is one of seeing new ideas and possibilities. here's a quote or two where you can substitute pioneer for artist...
Artists don't seek permission... they just do it.
They rarely sit back and wait for things to happen to them - they happen to things!
To break the rules and defy all these powerful people takes enormous courage... It generally takes at least two to take on the status quo - an artist and a patron.
The future depends on us talking a different approach
Passion is the spur that makes us want to know more. It provides the impulse for the thoughtful enquiry that generates the knowledge which fires our imagination to come up with ideas. These lead to the experiments that eventually result in the production of a realised concept. That is the path that creativity takes.
you get the idea... one chapter that appealed to me at the start of a new year with a fresh intake of students was one titled all schools should be art schools which i quoted from at our induction last week (and i admit i wish i had studied art rather than maths!). i certainly think the approach would be well suited to pioneers and i hope we capture a flavour of it at cms.
art is all about breaking rules and discovering new stuff... There is of course a paradox in the notion that students should go to school to learn to break rules but it is worth contemplating
Art school or not students need to leave education as independently minded, intellectually curious, self confident and resourceful - prepared for and excited by the future and what they might be able to contribute to it.
i am so pleased that finally rage despair hope has landed in proost as a downloadable resource. the artwork is a set of illustrations on the book of job by the amazing si smith. i first saw the artwork and we used it a few years back at grace in 2011. it's been developed as a resource by the creative guys at youthscape - originally designed for schools it coud be used in loads of ways. we based an alternative worship service around it for example. anyway the resource includes the following
hannah davis is launching her project to create an illustrated guide to oxford cafés working with 34 artists - Paint Pots and Coffee Cups: An Illustrated Guide. it's a beautiful book almost ready to roll after a couple of years work. hannah presented the idea at a missional entrepreneurship week on the pioneer course. and we love it when people go away and work up those ideas to make them real. hannah is nearly there. the funding model to help her over the line is kickstarter funding which has a range of options whereby you can pay a range of prices to either donate or pre-order a book to help create enough money to print them. hannah has worked in publishing and is an illustrator herself. the book is being published via her own likeness press - have a look round the site to find out more info and see links to the artists involved. She says this about it
The book will be good-looking, imaginative and practical, used to guide the local and the tourist around Oxford’s cafés and arts scene. Local artists have illuminated the cafés with their work created during and/or after a visit to that café. The aim is to break open the art world for the artists (especially those uncomfortable with the ‘artist’ label), as well as for the public. Our goal is for people to feel a freedom and desire to do more drawing and spending time in cafés, and to enjoy the rich experience of collaboration and community found in cafés and creativity.
what I particularly love about this is the way it builds community and creates a platform for artists to share their work - i.e. it's more than a book. i am heading over to pre-order and help kickstart it. it would be great if as many of as possible can do so to help make this land - the plan is to publish in may 2016 i.e. soon. nearly there!
in jan 2004 i blogged a photo of our downstairs toilet under a blog post bog on the blog that we had stencilled with a couple of pippo lionni inspired stencils. we recently have painted over the walls as it was getting a little tired and were sad to see the stencils go so after a family discussion settled on a different pippo lionni inspired stencil and the bog is on the blog once more!
the wonderfully creative martin poole is organising a day in december in brighton on the art of ritual. the blurb says
The boundaries between art and ritual are becoming more and more porous as artists engage in performance work with highly stylized routines or actions and celebrants (religious and non-religious) explore the use of art to help people mark the important milestones in their lives. This day will bring together practitioners in all forms of ritual and art to share ideas, talk about trends, experience artistic rituals and enjoy performances.
The event will include performance art, discussion, networking opportunities and a Gravetalk Café. The afternoon will conclude with a visit to the Beach Hut Advent Calendar opening for that night and will be followed by an evening performance of ‘Mass’ by Amy Mason.
details are on the conference web site here
adventurous ii this saturday promises to be creative challenging and inspiring with a mix of discussion, art, poetry and performance. i'll be going along - maybe see you there? it's being put on by engegi arts and amos trust with a focus on peace in palestine and israel. and it's free...!
details of the programme are on facebook page
and i am exhibiting a photo in the exhibition
if you are in london before december 18 make sure you go and visit clay sinclair's brilliant exhibition utopia at the woolff gallery . there's actually what looks like a cracking evening on thurs 27 november that i am heading in for that is also free - it's a small gallery so not sure how everyone is going to fit in! best not advertise it - doh...
if you can't make it his catalogue is on the woolff site.
well it's a month to christmas which means the season of advent is almost here, that time of expectation and waiting. proost has a new resource we who still wait - this is put together by four artists. chris goan, ian adams, steve broadway and si smith have brought their collective creative wisdom together to shape a wonderful book. it's a book to follow the season with photos, a reflection and a poem each day. download it as a pdf - more info is here.
of course if you subscribe which is a bargain you can log in and download anything for a year!
don't forget there is a proost us site as well.
inevitably living in london i passed by the poppies at the tower of london. whilst it is impressive i am not a fan (sorry!) - i can't seem to deal with war and especially when it is tied to national interest. i hope now one hundred years are past we might move on as several others have expressed in various articles. anyway of course i took a couple of photos and preferred ones where i was messing around. this line from teardrop explodes seems as good a caption as any though i know i have used it on a photo before!
am planning to head over to see martin daws and gav mart on tour on oct 15 in kingston. join us...
singer songwriter and arts curator gavin mart, + young person's poet laureate for wales martin daws - are coming to Kingston with a creative acoustic set that explores what
'it' is at the heart of the artist.
through expressions in songwriting, music, poetry and spoken word gav and martin explore the following questions:
how does the artist express their yearning for an understanding of something bigger?
what does god mean through the eyes of the artist today?
what is 'it' that triggers our creativity?
how is god understood in contemporary culture?
how can we connect with and support local artists within our communities?
the presence of silence went well at greenbelt - it was actually my first ever solo photography exhibition in a rather cute shed. thanks to everyone who popped in to see it - the venue was full all the time - though it was a pretty smalll venue!
happy easter! christ is risen.
i also loved this take on rublev's icon from ric stott
and whilst it's not exactly an easter image this piece from banksy is rather good. i saw it online this morning. the story of the resurrection is one of presence (of the risen christ) and there are several occasions where when he appears to the disciples or mary (see john 20 - that's today's reading in many churches i am sure) and they don't seem to recognise him though he is staanding there in front of them. attention and awareness are foundational to seeing. this image shows up the challenge of being present to the presence in front of us or we might not see...
i was back at st beunos at the weekend for another dose of silence which was like drinking. i found it quite easy to settle back into it. it was a guided retreat which means you have a conversation with a guide once a day. i can't remember what we were talking about that led to it but my guide showed me a painting by sieger koder of the table with christ's hands breaking bread at the front and faces looking towards him. the people round the table are a motley crew - i think they are something like a jew, a prostitute, a beggar, a misfit/clown, a scholar, a rich woman, a migrant. it's a lovely picture of christ's table filled with outsiders. on the wall behind is an image of the prodigal son with the father and son's embrace while the older brother looks on aloof...
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