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By: Eldi Dundee
On renting studio space v. working from home, selling work off the internet and hopefully not getting conned, group shows, collaborations, trials and tribulations, happy accidents, you know... stuff.
# 22 [16 August 2012]
The State of Play is my most recent a-n Artists Talking blog, in case you're interested.
Also, please check out my website for new work and up to date info on exhibitions:
# 21 [29 April 2012]
Blog continues here, as 'State of Play':
# 20 [17 December 2011]
This work by Enver Gursev, sold last night at a Christmas party in his studio in Nolias Gallery. It was painted 2 or 3 weeks ago. The paint has probably only just dried in the past couple of days. It's of me. I sat for it in exchange for a glass of wine and a few cigarettes. But he gets the money. How does that work?? (wink wink)
# 19 [17 December 2011]
Some old work done for my (unfinished)* MA at UEL 2009 is included in a new book published this month by Canary Wharf Group plc entitled 'Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Decade of Exhibitions' featuring all the public art shown in the lobby at 1 Canada Square and the surrounding grounds from 2001-2011. Honoured and delighted to have been a part of the ONE15 exhibition there and, now, this book. Thanks to the Ann Elliott, Sally Williams, Keith Watson and curatorial team for, well, everything!
(* considering applying to finish the MFA elsewhere, but waiting for the dust to settle after The Great DemCon Higher Education Funding Shakeup 2011)
# 18 [21 November 2011]
Very excited to be a part of this 3 day exhibition:
3-7 Mowlem St, London E2 9HE
Red Pig Flower
M P Leng
Come see Barbie as Mother of God and Barbie as Buddha of Compassion here, especially if you missed 'Play Nice, Now!' at Nolias last month!
# 17 [9 November 2011]
Images of works by Enver Gürsev and Eldi Dundee for Play Nice, Now! by Tian Yi (known to her friends as "Teddy"), a Photojournalist MA student at University of Westminster, can be found here:
Thanks Teddy, Thanks Enver, Thanks Nolia, Thanks Nathalie, Thanks Lisa, Thanks Roberto, Thanks Tom, Thanks Markus, Thanks Arnold, Thanks Kelda, Thanks Steve, and Thanks Everybody who came and had a look, some drinks and quite a lot of laughs.
# 16 [12 October 2011]
We took down the Play Nice, Now! show yesterday. Anticlimactic, innit? Only just about recovered from all the wine I drank at the PV Friday. It's now Wednesday. I'm getting old.
It felt not unlike moving house. Had help from a gorgeous woMAN with a camperVAN and paid her back in pizza :)
I get to help her on her next project (she is a photographer and filmmaker) taking place next month. (hush hush for now)
Said woMAN with camperVAN also helped film the Divination Doll mock reading that was to be shown at the Play Nice, Now! exhibition... we ran into some technical difficulties, but it should be ready for when the show moves to Hoxton! (details to follow)
The film embedded herewith is the Instructional Video that accompanies the Divination Doll (TM) runic-doll kit involved in the mock-reading (see above). It was shot by the wonderful R.Bortolotti and narrated in post by the inimitably lovely Tom Lovegrove.
We hope you enjoy.
# 15 [20 September 2011]
P L A Y N I C E , N O W !
with Enver Gürsev & Eldi Dundee
curated by Nathalie Khan
at Nolias Gallery
60 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BL
Exhibition runs: 3rd until 8th October, 1-6pm
Private Views: 4th and 7th October 2011, from 7pm
Five years ago, two supposedly grown up assemblage artists met and decided to join forces for an exhibition of their past, present (and future*) work involving dolls and toys. "Play Nice, Now !" is the result.
They chose to call the show: "PLAY NICE, NOW !"
1) because it sums up their intention to make the work in the spirit of playfulness and
2) because it makes them laugh to say the title using stupid accents.
* Visitors are invited to bring their own toys and dolls for Enver and Eldi to alter or add to an assemblage. Note that unless you are prepared to have your toy or doll permanently altered and possibly dismembered, you are not advised to let this crazy pair get anywhere near your toys! You have been warned!
Work on show to include: toy** assemblage, small-scale sculpture, painting, installation, photography, performance and film.
The artists hope their work will bring a smile to your face, though they are aware that some people will be just plain frightened, and will look for voodoo associations within it.... (admittedly, in the case of some works at least, there probably are). Their work is surreal at times, yes; it's sometimes iconographic, and some might even call it blasphemous with its irreverent sense of humour, but the pair will insist that it's really mainly made in the spirit of being cheeky for the pure childish pleasure that being cheeky brings.
** Parental Advisory Warning (from one parent to another) Probably not suitable for children under 12.
# 14 [5 September 2011]
Preparing for 'PLAY NICE, NOW!' show at Nolias Gallery. The exhibition was planned for mid- to late September, at Core Gallery, but we've moved it to the more centrally located Nolias and pushed it back to the first week of October. Actually, this exhibition was in the making since 2006/7, but it took til now for all the planets, stars and whatnots to align just so...
Enver Gursev of Cor Blimey fame is my partner-in-crime for this show, and also my co-star for a film to accompany a performative installation/assemblage piece-- Enver will of course accompany me to Bollywood when we become famous as a result of our impeccable acting skills (!!!); The Two Lisas: Lisa McGilben & Lisa Pinnell helped us film the mock 'Divination Doll (TM)' runic-doll reading Enver did for me, under the influence of copious amounts of red wine, and Roberto Bortolotti, from Italia, via Chelsea College of Art, filmed the short instructional video "How to use your Divination Dolls (TM)"... (both in production and hopefully ready by October!?) Their help and support has been much appreciated, and their antics even more so!
There will be live performances/readings by Enver (I mean the fortuneteller man) on the nights of the two private views (most likely Tueday 4th and Friday 7th October) so come along and get your future read by Mr "Thank you very nice, pretty lady" Shadilaq, using his (my) "Dollies of Divinity".
In the meantime, we're finishing up our individual 'non-collaborative' work in our own little corners of London, and making new pieces specifically for this exhibition. We are getting thoroughly excited about unveiling these completely bonkers visions -- Who's game enough to come to Nolias that week to play with us? Come be a twisted kid again. And bring your toys!
# 13 [7 August 2011]
Two weeks behind in my Renaissance art history course-work, thanks to school summer holidays and sketchy childcare arrangements... nevertheless, I made this with the aid of my daughter. She very generously donated her little boy-doll standing in as Baby Jesus. She would have wanted to keep this doll, but I bribed her by buying her an official Renaissance Barbie doll (who knew?!) which is very beautiful, but a bit too bling to stand is as the Virgin. Besides, I needed Mary's arms to be flexible and her hand to be able to hold the Christingle brooch she's got glued to her palm in this photo. Not all dolls could handle holding Baby Jesus in her lap AND holding up a Christingle at the same time. I have the OU course: Renaissance Art Reconsidered to thank for this work (both the course and this piece are still in progress). The show, Play Nice Now is due to take place mid to late September, at Nolias Gallery, Southwark (London). Hope to see you there!