Oh what a busy week!
Series of photographs to indicate what a social whirl I have for my life
- Trying to make a sort of mosaic of Craig with bits of his face taken on mobile phones at the Programme day of which more later
- One of three that go together and form a cone, just liked the pattern as it sat on my desk
- Part of the Joana Vasconcelos exhibition at the City Gallery Manchester (CGM)
- Willy by Sarah Lucas this is going to give some conservator issues in the future it is cigarettes glued to the surface of a plastic garden gnome (CGM)
- Crystal Skull by Tony Oursler lights flash like it is having thoughts and talking softly (CGM)
- Keeley doing her Doily performance piece at the Centre for Chinese Contempory Art (CFCCA) in Manchester as part of a small workshop in which Jamie Lau and Andrew Lim discussed the work they had previously shown in the Tipping point exhibition
- Walking back to the car after the workshop and saw this in the Northern Quarter people trying to be tidy by throwing rubbish in the grit bin.
So Programme Day if you didn’t come to it you missed an interesting day (and a chance to pick up brownie points). Yet again Brendan asked what could be done to encourage Studio Culture and yet again those of us present were unable to answer, interestingly the artists talking at the CFCCA meeting both commented on the advantages to be gained by having studio space and other artists around you.
If you are struggling to have ideas about what to work on I can recommend a trip round the City Gallery there is a lot of stuff on display that is not usually out, things to stimulate “the little grey cells” as Hercule Poirot would say.
The meeting at the CFCCA was a collaboration between Fine Arts students at MMU and Salford Vis Arts, only a small meeting but interesting to hear the way that work is generated by the two artists who took part, some common aspects and interests such as boundaries and constraints. It has been suggested that we keep in touch with those students from MMU who are second year with a view to possible visits and group crits later in the year. We did comment on the fact that it seems strange to have what amounts to two Art Schools in close proximity and little if any collaboration.
(Still if there were to be more collaboration I suppose that it would be only “The Usual Suspects” who would be involved see comments in the paragraph about the Programme day.)