Pretty busy during November on an edit of the PhD so not much web time or time to do much else. Did manage to make five new paintings which are in three shows in Suffolk
It is beyond the scope of any exhibition to deconstruct and investigate the many concepts that artists have meant by the terms void, nothing and emptiness. However it is the intention of this exhibition to revisit how the concept of nothingness informs the kinetic art work of Dom Sylvester Houédard, Ken Cox and Li Yuan Chia.
These three artists all knew each other, sharing, for a coinciding moment in the late 1960s an interest in the Eastern philosophies that present objects not as things but as relationships, events and actions.
The exhibition is curated by Nicola Simpson whose doctoral research is in this area, and it will show a selection works that demonstrate each artist’s interest in how the art object is dependent on performance to come into being.
Continues to 29th October.
Experimental video response to the landscape. Reeds at Snape Maltings on a blustery day in early October.
I passed on the fourth Global 12 sketchbook circle book today. I was a bit late sending it off as I have been busy with plates and boxes. This is an A4 landscape Seawhite which has now been round to all four artists and has gone back to it's original owner. I embellished the cover for it as it was a bit boring and started and half finished a number of pages. i think they are going to go round again. The full book is documented on the Sketchbook Circle page here.
To the Cut to catch the closing discussion between Charles Hewling and the nine artists involved. The pool is a group of Caro's studio assistants and invited guests who meet to discuss sculpture in a contemporary context. The work is all new and made with the Cut in mind, in various ways, as became clear as the artists discussed their work.
Artists taking part are Neil Ayling, Claire Baily, Olivia Bax, Rafael Blasco Ciscar, Jean-Philippe Dordolo, Jenny Dunseath, Sophie Hoyle, Hywel Livingstone and John Wallbank. More details about the group can be found on the website www.artistboss.org.uk and the show continues until 6th October. It's a beautiful show.
For details of opening times at the Cut.
On Monday I went down to Butley Mill Studios a lesson in welding with Tobias Ford. I have long wanted to learn how to do this as it has always seemed an alchemical skill, to be able to join metal to metal. However, it is not that easy at all. The melting of metal to metal isn't hat difficult but seeing what an earth I was doing between varifocal spectacles and a face mask that reacts like Zaphod Beeblebrox's Peril Sensitive Sunglasses I found it extremely difficult. Not to mention the heavy gloves, the suede coat and the woolly hat.
Tobias is an expert, indeed has raised welding to an artform. He draws in space with the molten metal, supported with just a few bars and straps of steel.
Tobias is a patient teacher and showed me how to weld different sorts of joints. I managed to fix together some scraps of metal into something that sort of stands up. Pretty much an exemplar of how not to weld, though I was kindly assured that all I needed now was hours of practice. I don't think David Smith has anything to worry about though.
Interesting to learn something new. The feeling of not knowing, of standing on the edge of a lake of not knowing, of the potential to learn how to do something that stretches away into the distance is always instructive. It makes me appreciate how much effort and time has gone into Tobais's fluency with the medium as he draws things in fresh air with the torch.
Whilst at Butley Mills I also saw Craig Hudson at work on this massive dog sculpture. Craig also has two sculptures in the Open Show at the Halesworth Gallery.
You can see the dog and much more by Craig, Tobias, Jim Racine, Phoebe Pryor, Meryem Siemmond and the other artists working at the Butley Mill Open Studios on 29th and 30th October from 10am to 4pm.Tweet
To Lowestoft for Neil Hanger's show of recent work at the Merchant House Gallery in the High Street.
It's a very playful show of beautifully made text pieces, full of little puzzles and paradoxes.
The Open Show at the Halesworth Gallery has had a record breaking 171 works entered this year. These are my two contributions. Cross variations 103 and 104. Both acrylic on canvas. 25cm x 25cm. £40 each. £60 the pair.