Sunday, 9 March 2008

Magritte


'Empire of Light, 1954 depicts a scene of a house at night with a lamppost lighting a front portion of the house. This painting is one of my favorite artworks by Magritte. If you look at the painting, you will notice that the sky is a daylight sky (not a night sky) while the house is shown at night. Most viewers do not notice this discrepancy at first, thinking that it is perhaps a scene "shot" at dusk. The scene is subtlety surreal -- it looks like a photograph, yet it is surreal because of the sky.'

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Miniature Worlds show

Andrea Gregson

Laura Youngson Coll

Was on at the Jerwood Space in 2006.

Website details the participating artists - wish I could have seen it!

Concept of Show

The Miniature Worlds Show will comprise of a group of seven artists, exploring and working with, ideas about the miniature. The media employed will include painting, drawing, sculpture, animation and installation. Working with, or creating, miniature environments each artist creates new imaginary spaces. The artifice of these spaces is both believable and unthinkable. Places from everyday life are merged, creating new hybrid worlds, imaginary tableaux taken from memory and fantasy. These environments become a deliberation on distant places; that can not be entered, only observed.

The curators of the show, Andrea Gregson and Laura Youngson Coll selected artists whose work explores and develops a making process that is highly original, and relates to a range of other practices such as model-making, technical drawing, carving, horticulture, taxidermy and museology. The attention to detail and scale will invite a sense of wonder in the viewer: reminiscent of a cabinet of curiosities, the show presents another version of the world in which we live. The physical process of making in, and from the miniature, belies the non-sensual world in which we must inhabit these creations.

Meri Wells

I love Meri's work and the description she has about the pieces:

'I work in a tin shed in a valley.

The figures from the 'Procession' come out of the hedge that I can see from the window. They march past reviving forgotten imagery of childhood stories and our cultural myths. I try to draw them in that first fleeting glimpse.

They are made from coiled, grog clay and either wood and salt fired or burnished and low fired.

I see them as sort of elemental beings.

Some of the pieces on show are part of a large and ongoing collection of creatures, eventually to be exhibited in their entirety. I teach part time to keep myself in clay.'

Influences
A solitary childhood, the natural world, children's' literature, early religious iconography, mythology especially Celtic

Personal website www.carrog.co.uk



Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Adam Paxon

Been a fan of Adam's work for years - here are some of his older pieces:

and a newer piece: