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Magnificent Obsessions

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The exhibition

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 12.42.0214 rooms or alcoves displaying selections from the private collections of 14 post-war artists from around the world, alongside one or two works by each artist in question, the idea being that knowing something about the artist’s tastes and favourite objects throws light on their work. From cookie jars to netsuke, scarves to spacedogs, taxidermy to trinkets, explore the personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists and discover more about their inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions and what drives their eccentric desire to collect. Taking a different approach to the typical art exhibition, this show primarily looks at the art collections put together by artists themselves; encompassing a broad range of styles and disciplines. Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 12.07.55 I visited the Exhibition at The Barbican yesterday.

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector 12 February 2015 – 25 May 2015

This is the first major exhibition in the UK to present the fascinating personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists. Ranging from mass-produced memorabilia and popular collectibles to one-of-a-kind curiosities, rare artefacts and specimens, these collections provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions of artists. While some artists are connoisseurs, others accumulate hoards of objects, never letting anything go. Many live with and make direct use of their collections and others keep them under wraps or in storage (e.g. Andy Warhol). Collecting objects for research and study is key to the practice of many artists in the exhibition. Presented alongside examples of their work, their collections, in turn, help to elucidate their art.

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Featured artists:
Hiroshi Sugimoto, b.1948

Japanese photographer, spent decades as a dealer in Japanese artefacts and folk art, keeping many of the best pieces for himself, and eventually exhibiting the works intermingled with his own photos, the ones featured here being odd b&w photos of Madam Tussauds exhibits, The Hanging and Benjamin Franklin. Natural History dioramas. Objects from the Odawara Foundation. Jaques Gautier D’Agarty  anatomical / autopsy illustration plates. The picture of Benjamin Franklin by Hiroshi Sugimoto, 1999, gelatine print is of exceptional high quality.

Damien Hirst, (b. 1965)

Murderme Collection. Taxidermy abject oddities and fakes; Art and natural history pieces; Chimps head supported only by its arms. Butterfly and beetle collection (Etymology series, 2013); 7 legged lamb; anatomical models and so on. Hirst’s his selected work is Last Kingdom (2012) from the Entomology series, echoing the display cabinets of Victorian animal collectors, pinning same-sized specimens of butterflies spiders etc into neat rows. Hirst is a keen collector of contemporary art but also of natural history objects, tools and specimens and we are treated to glass cases containing a stuffed lion, a stuffed vulture, stuffed armadillos and a neat array of human skulls.

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Vitrine of objects owned by Damien Hirst Barbican Art Gallery - 12 Feb – 25 May 2015 © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images Courtesy Murderme Collection

Vitrine of objects owned by Damien Hirst Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Barbican Art Gallery – 12 Feb – 25 May 2015 © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images Courtesy Murderme Collection

Sol LeWitt (1928- 2007)

Minimalism and conceptual art; repetition and variation within a closed self imposed system. EDO period japanese wood block prints from 1800s… Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 13.37.39* (Hmm, did Edvard Munch base The Scream on similar Japanese wood block prints?) Sol Lewitt, Autobiography, 1980/2012 – is a collection of B/W digital prints with 60 framed sheets (displayed 20 rows 3 columns), nine images per sheet. The images displayed were of household objects grouped by type in his personal collections: lamps; shades; boxes, tins; nails; timepieces; electrical items; phones; fans; seashells; photos, books, magazines; furniture, handles; toys; cups, glasses; tools, string; office equipment; windows, shutters, bars; and so on.

Hanne Darboven (1941 – 2009) – Hamburg.

The rigid seriality of Darboven’s work is personalised by the inclusion of her environment or, of her objects and possessions. Mitarbeiter und Freunde (co-workers and friends), 1990 – Here 91 framed sheets are displayed showing photographs of subjects alongside indecipherable scribbles. Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 13.38.01 Objects from her studio, Objects form her House – Hanne Darboven, is an eclectic collection that includes a life-size painted wooden horse and a life-size wooden King Cobra lamp stand. Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 13.11.32

Dr Lakra, (b. 1972) Mexico, lives and works in Oaxaca, Mexico..

The artist blurs techniques, mediums and cultures, a hybrid visual vocabulary, distilled from a range of sources. Dr Lakra – Punos (Punch), 2003. Punos Dr Lakra Frente al Espejo (The Mirror), 2003.

The Mirror

The Mirror

Mosquitoes, 2003.

Installation view

Installation view

– are “tattoed” images picturing semi-naked subjects that the artist has intricately drawn on using influences from traditional tattoo designs. Dr Lakra and Kate McGarry.

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Dr. Lakra, Installation view, ‘Magnificent Obsessions’ at Barbican Centre, 2015. Courtesy Barbican Centre.

Artist biography: http://www.katemacgarry.com/artists/dr-lakra

Dr. Lakra, Installation view, 'Magnificent Obsessions' at Barbican Centre, 2015. Courtesy Barbican Centre.

Dr. Lakra, Installation view, ‘Magnificent Obsessions’ at Barbican Centre, 2015. Courtesy Barbican Centre.

The wall display of a collection of album covers were loosely connected under the theme of Tattoos.

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* (I own quite a few of the ones on display!) Scrapbooks: models, anatomy, ethnography, totems, faces made from anatomy, advertising (vintage Ads).

Jim Shaw, (b.1952), Michigan.

In this exhibition ‘All the unknown painters that painted the thrift store paintings are the actual painters of the paintings’ – Jim Shaw. Thrift store collection and garage sale items of American popular culture. A developed visual aesthetic, found inspiration in his formative influences and a love of comic books and sci-fi. Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 13.36.31 Appeal in thrift store paintings lies in their PROFOUND UNDESIRABILITY (*an important concept to me). Cheap forgotten and available to a modest budget. `he selected works of a surreal nature, disturbing/dreamlike – but no interpretation or validation.

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Shaw often works with intense cycles of narrative using motifs from his life and unconsciousness to explore and question notions of belief, identity and society. Decapitated Okapi 1 and 2, 2014, Jim Shaw, are surreal images bound up in Shaw’s fictional religion of “Oism”. The heads of “robber barons” growing alarmingly from the severed neck of a beautiful, endangered Okapi. Represents the corrupt power of the founders of American capitalism of 19th C. includings its top industrialists (Henry Ford, Rockerfeller, etc). The aged worn surface lends it gravitas and a sense of performance. JIM SHAW Decapitated-Okapi-1-Decapitated-Okapi-2-2014

 Arman, (1928-2005) French-born American artist

whose selected work is the fabulous Home Sweet Home II (1960), a cabinet stuffed with WWI gas masks.Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 13.08.21

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 13.36.03 His alcove was sparingly decorated with a selection from his collection of wonderful African (and a few ancient Greek) masks and helmets. Like a little bit of the British Museum landed in an artist’s studio. This was by far the most ‘tasteful’ room, by which I probably mean the one which looked most like a typical exhibition or gallery space with the objects hung sparingly in their own space, the other rooms being much more cluttered.

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Arman room Barbican Art Gallery 12 Feb – 25 May 2015  © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images

African masks in the Arman room Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Barbican Art Gallery 12 Feb – 25 May 2015 © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images

 Peter Blake, (b.1932) London.

his selected work is Kamikaze (1965) normally resides in Cardiff’s National Museum of Wales (I actually went looking for it specifically two weeks ago and it had vanished… it was here!). Blake will be forever associated with the cover of the Beatles Sergeant Pepper album which typifies a kind of 60s amused, nostalgic fondness for the relics of English life, and that’s very much the feel of his collection, exemplified by – among a lot else – nostalgic metal shop signs, a large collection of elephant figurines, a large collection of Punch and Judy puppets, a ventriloquist dummy, a wall full of masks from many many cultures and traditions.

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Peter Blake’s ethnic masks collection Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Barbican Art Gallery 12 Feb – 25 May 2015

Peter Blake's dolls collection Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Barbican Art Gallery 12 Feb – 25 May 2015  © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images

Peter Blake’s dolls collection Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Barbican Art Gallery 12 Feb – 25 May 2015 © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images

Cabinet of Curiosities (from Walter Potter Museum), contains taxidermy oddities including: Mermaid, Pigosaurus, six-legged lamb, Jack-a-lope. Blake’s cabinet collection full of elephants is displayed in deference to Howard Hodgkin’s Mughal Indian paintings.

Howard Hodgkin,(b.1932)

selected work In the studio of Jamini Roy (1976-9). Hodgkin acquired an interest in India and Indian art when he was at school at Eton and his is a small room hung with ten or so, presumably valuable and choice, examples of classical Indian art which left me cold, apart from the depiction of Death cult Goddess KALI whose image I went searching for in the Berlin museum of Ethnographie as part of research into Creative Destrustion/Destructive Creation. I liked the Persian carpet, though. The Indian art prints span Mughal, Rajasthani and Deccani eras. Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 13.39.34

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Edmund de Waal, (b.1964)

his selected works are from the collection of a private man (2011), several shelves of small round or tubular white ceramics, little ivory carvings, pottery, shells and fossils. De Waal is a London-based potter and writer who won a wider audience with his book The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010) and who is represented here by stones and fossils and some of the 264 netsuke(small hand-carved objects used in traditional Japanese dress as toggles for kimono robes) which he inherited from his great-uncle Ignace Leon von Ephrussi. “A hare with the amber eyes” is prominently displayed but I was surprised by a tiny ceramic of ‘Ama suckling an octopus’, which reminded me of some of the images in the British Museum’s Shunga exhibition.

Martin Parr, (b.1952)

British photographer who specialises in the tackiness of modern life. His works were five photos of iconic tourist destinations looking uncomfortably packed and thronged – titled Notre Dame 2012, Venice 2005 (pigment prints) and Macchu Piccu 2008. Since the 1970s Parr has been collecting thousands of tourist postcards, with which his exhibition room is covered – b&w or early technicolour images of late 1950s/early 1960s cars, tower blocks, holiday resorts, Trust House Forte motorway service stations, the Totton bypass (!?), airplane travel, 1960s cars, chimney demolitions, car wrecks, bonfire construction, dead mammals, battleships, suffragettes and strike scenes, shoes/clogs. – funny, evocative, nostalgic, a vanished world. This major collection of postcards commemorates spans of the 20th C. and includes memorabilia from Butlins where he once worked. 25 postcards and sets of 6 images per frame. Not to mention his collection of memorabilia commemorating Soviet space dogs, represented here by no fewer than 43 space dog mementoes.

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Some of Martin Parr's space dog collection Barbican Art Gallery 12 Feb – 25 May 2015  © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images

Some of Martin Parr’s Space Dog collection Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Barbican Art Gallery 12 Feb – 25 May 2015 © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images

Andy Warhol,
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Fish screen print wallpaper, 1983. screenprint acrylic on linen; Airplane, Robot, Space ship, Monkey, Apple, Frog, Clown, Police car.

(1928-87) his selected works are some fish-themed wallpaper (1983) and the famous silkscreened boxes paint on plywood (1964) Brillo, Heinz, Campbell’s. warhol plywood boxes Warhol bought and hoarded compulsively: when his collection was auctioned off after his death it turned out to contain over 10,000 objects and took ten days to flog: a vast treasure trove of every conceivable kind of junk, kitsch, novelties, consumer objects. Warhol was exited by his acquisition and possession of things rather than their use or appreciation and often left them in a closet still in their wrapping. His collecting was said to be a compensating for an early life of devoid of possessions, many of his collections centred on childhood artefacts. In one cabinet stood a selection of the ‘famous’ collection of 175 kitsch ceramic cookie jars he was known for.

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Some of Andy Warhol's cookie jar collection Barbican Art Gallery 12 Feb – 25 May 2015  © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images

A small sample of Andy Warhol’s cookie jar collection Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Barbican Art Gallery 12 Feb – 25 May 2015 © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images

Pae White,

b.1963) Los Angeles-based, Pae has large collections of ‘the kitsch, the decorative, the everyday’, including no fewer than ‘3,000 textiles by prolific American designer Vera Neumann (1907–93)’.

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Pae White's collection of Vera Newman scarves. Barbican Art Gallery 12 Feb – 25 May 2015  © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images

Pae White’s collection of Vera Newman scarves. Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Barbican Art Gallery 12 Feb – 25 May 2015 © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images

Cloud Clusters, 2005 is a suspended installation of powder coated wire cubes. A selection of these fabrics, are hanging from the ceiling in her alcove in her installation and it is mildly dreamy to walk among them letting the delicate multi-coloured forms brush against your face’. Kitsch decorated flags, tea towels are displayed like Buddhist prayer flags, various textiles with multitudes of designs and sizes from curtains and bed spreads to handkerchiefs.

Martin Wong/Danh Vo,
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I M U U R 2 by Danh Vo, based on Martin Wong’s collection Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Barbican Art Gallery 12 Feb – 25 May 2015 © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images

Collection reflecting shared appreciation of east Asian art and culture, American and kitsch. Chosen artwork displayed, Vodka & Tonic, 2012. applied gold leaf to cardboard box. Things I noticed; A collection of Donald Ducks strangely resembled the collection of Buddha statues.

The collection of African ethnic art was starkly juxtaposed next to the American portrayal of black people as gollywogs, “sambo” and “house niggers” on 1950s & 60s consumer paraphernalia.

There is nothing so beautiful as a list

The show includes:

sculptures, statues and souvenirs, cut-outs, curiosities, collectables, candelabra and cuckoo clocks, postcards, prints, pots and photographs, pianos, helmets, masks, ceramics, boxes, packing cases, paintbrushes, crates, typewriters, birdcages, 1960s badges, old games, golfballs, marble skulls, stuffed birds, stuffed armadillos, anatomical models, a box of glass eyes, a toilet, cuckoo clocks, wall clocks, musical instruments, chamber pots, clay pipes, dinosaur bones, paperback books, a cheeseburger-shaped lampstand, Japanese armour, radios, antique pistols, street signs, Soviet space dog mementoes, wind-up toys, old movie magazines, a life-size cut-out of Charlie Chaplin, tattered newspapers, desk clocks, cigarette cases, a barometer, cigarette holders, scarves, bedsheets, duvet covers, towels, shells, fossils, stones, ivory carvings, metal shop signs, classic dolls, trinkets, Mr Punch, cabinets of curiosities, Victorian screens, ventriloquists’ dummies, vintage postcards, mouldy mousetraps, old bottle openers, matchboxes, buttons, bills, balls, stalagmites and stalactites, a postal order, a boot hook, Roman pots, leaves from Hadrian’s villa, a stone from the Brontes’ house in Haworth, wrestling memorabilia, a complete set of leather-bound Encyclopedia Britannicas, ceramic fruits, plastic Donald Ducks, coffee, tea and tobacco tins, a champagne bottle, statue of liberty souvenir statuettes, novelty lamp stands, bird feathers, teaware, Chinese scrolls, ‘sambo’ figurines, a big stuffed lion, an enormous wooden horse…

Blog: Artist Dr LAKRA

People from the neighbourhood would go to the dumpsters and collect the things they think are valuable…’

Dr Lakra takes us back to the Mexican chacharas of his childhood, the treasure trove markets where his collection first began. Delve into Dr LAKRA’s wild and eclectic playlist via ” target=”_blank”>Spotify playlist

Blog: Artist Peter Blake

‘I was over collecting and collecting slightly madly…’

Inspired by Howard Hodgkin’s Indian influenced art and collection, Peter Blake describes how he came to collect the miniature elephants, his collecting habits and the need for a collecting ‘safety valve’… Blog: Artist Jim Shaw In Conversation: Jim Shaw – Wednesday 25 March 2015 In an extract from the Magnificent Obsessions catalogue, artist Jim Shaw talks to curator Lydia Yee about this collecting habits from the first paintings he bought to the strange thrift store findings…  Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 12.07.49

In this exhibition ‘All the unknown painters that painted the thrift store paintings are the actual painters of the paintings’ – Jim Shaw.

Blog: Artist Pae White

‘She’s got a bit of a magpie mentality… she would collect shiny things’

Growing up amongst the glamour, style and celebrity of the likes of Marilyn Monroe and friends, Pae White’s magpie eye developed – associate curator Sophie Persson looks back at her indiscriminate love of collecting and her beautiful jumbles of Vera Neumann pieces. http://blog.barbican.org.uk/collections/magnificent-obsessions/ (my photographs are a slightly poor quality… this is mainly due to the fact that I was hiding the camera as photography was banned in the exhibition… what an incorrigible rebel I am…)

* just found the entire exhibition TEXT and CAPTIONS

http://www.barbican.org.uk/media/events/17071magnificentobsesssionswalltextandcaptions.pdf

ENTIRE EXHIBITION TEXT AND CAPTIONS

 

Artist Roman Signer, Slow Movement,  2015.

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My photo gallery of the
Erich Marx Permanent modern art collection HamburgerBahnhof museen Berlin

artworks by:

Georg Baselitz,

Gunther Forg,

Andy Warhol,

Roy Lichtenstein,

Robert Rauschenburg,

William Kentridge,

Cy Twombly,

Anselm Keifer,

Thomas Struth

My photo gallery of the Dieter Roth exhibition

Dieter Roth HamburgerBahnhof museen Berlin

“And away with the minutes”. Dieter Roth and Music

 

Dieter Roth,

George Brecht,

Annika Kahrs,

Ragnar Kjartanssen,

Bruce Nauman,

Nam June Paik,

Marcus Sixay,

Die Todlich Doris,

and others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proximal Abandonment and imagery sourced from this psychosocial phenomena

(my 2011 Foundation Dip Fine Art project)

http://www.slideshare.net/judasPritch/ian-pritchard-fmp-presentation-0611

 

 

Things That Should Happen But Do Not - I. Pritchard, 2011

Things That Should Happen But Do Not – I. Pritchard, 2011

"I Am Someone Too" - I. Pritchard, 2011

“I Am Someone Too” – I. Pritchard, 2011

"You've Fallen For The Monkey Trap" - I. Pritchard, 2011

“You’ve Fallen For The Monkey Trap” – I. Pritchard, 2011

My pathway stage focused mainly within areas of using art as social commentary, which I feel, reflects my strongest viewpoints.

I enjoyed producing a series of works based on the word ‘Aspiration’ which included my own slant on the word using various socio-political sources to inform the work.

  • From having produced work in this area I now intend to go on to make a more in depth investigation to produce works based on the psychosocial phenomenon of abuse known as ‘Proximal Abandonment’.
  • Research shows that emotional unavailability towards our children or closest dependents equates to ‘Proximal Abandonment’.
    There is physical presence, but emotional abandonment from the parent figure,
    they are physically present but non-interactive with their dependents.
  • I would like to equate this phenomenon and apply this notion with substituting our politicians or those in a position of power or trust as my subject matter.
  • I use the language of Art to symbolically convey my ideas, views and feelings on these issues.
Influences, Research, Sources and Ideas
  • In order to begin my assignment I intend to gather research, produce mind maps and gather ideas from a variety of artists and designers, that I find influential such as;
    Andy Warhol, Terry Setch, Max Ernst, Jamie Reid and Banksy.
  • I particularly like the way in which these artists subvert imagery and use juxtaposition to convey a message, and how by using a mixed media approach pleasing unexpected results may be obtained.
  • I feel my work could be influenced further by researching;
    newspaper articles, museum and gallery visits, blogs, libraries,
    psychological experiments, case studies, Facebook forum discussions and internet sources.
  • Initially, Warhol’s ‘Mao, 1973’ is a work I feel I can utilize in particular, in addition to found objects, my responses to journalism, advertising and consumerism giving me potential ideas to develop, through photography, collage, mixed media and drawing.
  • Further reading: “Psychiatric Tales” a graphic artist’s battle against depression/anxiety and his work in mental health care. BBC R4 interview – All In The Mind, 25th May 2011. Excellent interview.
The Science bit
  • Pioneering child psychologist D.W Winnicott said that fundamentally two things can go wrong in early child development;
  1. a) when things happen that should not happen.
  2. b) when things that should happen do not.
  • The first category is the traumatic abusive and abandonment experience suffered for example, by children of addicts.
  • The second category is the lack of presence of the emotionally available parent or primary carer – just not being available due to societies stresses, short term priorities, and so on
    – affecting the parenting environment.
    Psychologist Allan N Schore called this “Proximal Abandonment” – when the parent is physically present but emotionally absent.
  • I have entitled the first of the three of my chosen final artworks based on Winnicott’s second fundamental principle.
Some influences

Fay Godwin – book “our forbidden land”

  • The British landscape is under threat moreso than ever before from government policies: industry,agri-business and powerful interests while our historic rights of access are increasingly denied.
  • Fay Godwin uses a combination of her photography and words and selected poems and quotes to reveal a deep rooted commitment and respect for the land.
  • She uses haunting, penetrating photographs and text to fuse aesthetic perception with realism, documentary and irony to form a rousing passionate appeal for the land us as citizens can no longer roam.
  • I want my FMP works to contain a similar appeal and substance to that of Fay Godwin’s.
  • I want to produce a passionate and thought provoking series of images on how I feel we as people are having our rights infringed and health endangered by those supposedly in charge but who put their status and careers in front of their duty of care and what should be their primary concern – us!
Development

My intention initially was to take inspiration from what Andy Warhol did with the image of Chairman Mao in 1973.

It had background acrylic on canvas with an ink print of the portrait printed in the foreground.

I wanted to take a similar approach with a canvas painted with an everyday scene and print a contemporary figure or image I the foreground using the inkjet/acetone transfer/decalcomania technique.

I chose to satirise Ieuan Wyn Jones of the Welsh Assembly government in this recognisable way.

I saw him as someone who has jeopardised the health and environment of everyone in my local area due to his dealings with American corporation Covanta who plan to build the UK’s largest ever waste incinerator I an area already acknowledged has having a population with extremely poor health and the highest rate of pulmonary/heart disease in Wales.

I saw him as a figure guilty of political abandonment of those in need, in favour of short term gain.

Recently Lib-Dem MP John Hemming became a champion for free speech, this coming from a pot-bellied serial cheat and love rat who fathered a child with a mistress and who used taxpayers money to part-fund a private business.

I wonder if he’ll re-Tweet that?

  • My development piece is called “It takes one politician and a truckload of shite to begin a generation of misery” and was transferred using translucent silicone sealant onto green masonry sack.

For research and for the purpose of inspiration, museum visits and galleries I have attended were:

  • National Museum of Wales, Aberdare Museum, St David’s Hall Cardiff, Bay Arts Gallery and Cardiff Bay Crafts Gallery.

Some of the more relevant artists to the project I had in mind that I felt most inspired by included established artists such as:

  • John Piper, Terry Setch (especially Landfil 2010), Dave Brook’s plaster and pigment work (Tract11 & Tract 12)
  • newly qualified artists I viewed such as Nicole Thoss’ copy transfer ceramics (Scream No.1 & No.2 and Kidnapping), Dawn Dupree (It’s Never Black and White) and Vicky Shaw (various).
  • The Nicole Thoss copy transfer works were especially interesting to  me as this,prior to any gallery visits,is the technique I had been researching, along with investigating various materials to transfer onto.
Final Outcome

The three artworks I have chosen to represent my final works in this project are deliberately displayed in the following sequence;
a) “Things that should happen, but don’t”,
b) “I am someone too”,
c) “You’ve fallen for the monkey trap.

This is because there is a narrative quality that I wanted to convey to the observer.

  • The three parts come together to show the phenomenon of Proximal Abandonment beginning with the Authority figures and their rush for a quick fix to the problem of residual waste management and the promises of a profit hungry American incinerator corporation homing in on an already deprived ex-coal field community, a place wherein some areas have a male life expectancy of less than 59 years of age.
  • Secondly onto the sombre, yet defiant figure of a young child protesting.
    I convey that she has been abandoned and her rights discarded or ignored.
    She represents us and our future generations, I hope to evoke and convey ideas and release feelings about social and political abandonment using the sack cloth background.
  • Thirdly, the image of man’s closest cousin, the chimpanzee, in a contemplative, possibly mocking pose.
    This echoes an allegorical passage from “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” on short sightedness and it’s many fatal pitfalls and begs the question are they making monkeys of us all?