Went to the fourth installation of Picture / Tableau / Screen: a visual symposium at UCA Canterbury yesterday. Unfortunately I couldn’t go to all of them but did make the second installation as well. The Herbert Read Gallery became a discursive space rather than gallery, a space for a conversation about work that had literally only just been installed. Among the many interesting things, I think it was Tony Mott who said that painters could photograph their work as if it had no context – i.e. one can just reproduce the work itself without showing the wall/support it is hanging on. Interesting to me at the moment in relation to the work I had framed for Space gallery and hung the flaky, mottled wall that they have. At some point in the discussion, Moyra Derby referred to a painting’s need for a wall or support and screws or nails.
Went with Joanna last week to the ALISN conference for emerging art organisations at Goldsmiths. http://www.alisn.org/Goldsmiths-EAO-Conference-201…
The atmosphere was very buzzy and there was a sense of success all around one, though behind that success is obviously very hard work with the artists leading the organisations in many cases still doing their day jobs. Went away with lots of food for thought around marketing and public relations as well as much to ponder on the topic of financial survival.
I have managed to catch up a bit on much needed sleep since taking the show down and have had some real interest from a writer who saw it on the last day, which is very exciting.