Jason Noble from Words and Pictures gallery has sent me this from ‘The Language of Things’ by Hito Steyerl:
‘…modest and even abject objects are hieroglyphs in whose dark prism social relations lay congealed and in fragments…In this perspective, a thing is never just an object, but a fossil in which a constellation of forces are petrified. Things are never just inert objects, passive items or lifeless shucks, but consist of tensions, forces, hidden powers, all being constantly exchanged.’
I really like the poetical feel of the words, even if I’m not sure I fully understand them!
I am often asked where I get my materials from … Yesterday I received 2 exciting packages in the post – jiffy bags containing wonderful buttons sent by Judith, a lady who happened to see my work in an exhibition last year. I am so grateful!
and finally … one last image from the Contemporary Classics exhibition:
with my friend Caroline at the Private View
From the Private View of Contemporary Classics on Friday 26 May, Words and Pictures Gallery, Teignmouth (until 9 June)
A very enjoyable evening!
(Apologies for poor quality images, taken on my phone!)
Three lovely friends in front of works by Anna
Just in time for the Contemporary Classics exhibition, I have completed a new Japanese Bridge, after Monet. Here’s a preview of the new work, collected from the framer today:
Contemporary Classics, an exhibition of playful homage
by Anna Grayson and Jane Perkins,
27 May – 9 June 2017
Words and Pictures Gallery, Little Triangle, Teignmouth, TQ14 8AX
This week I enjoyed visiting a local primary school to speak to a class of 5 and 6 year olds about my work. They are working on a project to make a rainbow from recycled materials .
Using lots of visual images I gave a (very brief) history of the use of recycled materials in Art (Picasso started it!), spoke about my own work and showed some images of work by other artists making similar work. I also showed some examples of school projects (see the schools page on my website ) to inspire the children with their art project. The class gave me a great welcome and asked lots of intelligent questions before we played a sort of ‘I Spy’ game to find toys in the 3 works I had taken with me.
Remember the teasing eyes? (13 Jan)
The finished commission of Adele has now made the long journey from the UK to her new home in Sydney, Australia!
For my latest work, I’ve been trying to experiment with a looser style, using larger materials and approximate shapes and colours. I’ve found it so hard to change my habits!! In my head, I know what I want to produce but turning it into reality is so much more difficult!
Here is my (unfinished) Madonna and Child for an exhibition in my village church in June (Art in the Aisles, Kenton Chuch, Devon, UK June 17-18)
The work includes cards of buttons, buckles, tape measures and fabric embellishments, so I’m thinking about calling it Haberdashery Madonna
I am collaborating with Anna Grayson in an exciting exhibition to be hosted by the new Words and Pictures Gallery in Teignmouth (Devon, UK)
We both re-create famous works of art with a contemporary twist, hence the title of the show Contemporary Classics. Anna makes photographic reconstructions often using herself and husband Des as models. I love art with an element of humour and Anna’s work really makes me smile. Last week we had great fun working on some publicity images for the show, using Jason Noble (owner of the W&P gallery) to model, somewhat reluctantly, as Van Gogh. With his magnificent ginger beard, Jason’s anguished expression came naturally with his discomfort in the role! Contemporary Classics will run from Friday 26 May to Friday 9th June 2017 (inclusive)
Having fun – me, Jason and Anna
Homages to Hokusai’s Great Wave