jinx, prints, the RA and butterflies

I spoke too soon! Play won’t be at the entrance to Supermarket – for reasons that I haven’t questioned I’ve been offered three alternative spaces. It is disappointing and part of me wants to know what changed from that email that suggested the entrance in the first place. At the same time I know how busy the organisers must be and I don’t want to give them a hard time. I met Andreas last year and I seems like a nice man. I’m also conscious that I don’t want to get the reputation of being difficult before I arrive at the fair and more importantly before I arrive in Stockholm – that could be a very bad way to introduce myself! When I’m there I’ll ask – it could be to do with crowd flow, perhaps having a very playful installation at the entrance isn’t idea with 9000 visitors. Play will now be in an exhibition hall – I can live with that. I’m sure it will still get attention.

As Play won’t be on the stand at Supermarket – it’s on the same floor but in a separate hall – I’ve had a print made so that there is a reference to it. It’s the first time I’ve done anything like that. The print itself is from a picture I took with my little digital camera and I’m amazed how it looks. It’s not the sharpest definition but video-tape must be difficult for any auto focus lens – it’s so reflective. Getting it framed is the next question. I think I’m going to take to Stockholm unframed and get it done there. Seeing the print – a rather handsome 50cm square – has made me think about getting other photographs professionally printed.

Kim invited me to join her at the opening of Modern British Sculpure at the RA. We spent the evening wandering through the galleries, I really like the Modernist pieces – the Hepworth’s are great. We had nearly got to the end when the attendants announced the galleries would be closing. We hadn’t counted on the bar closing at the same time as the galleries so were too late for anything more than a glass of water. It being the RA we were offered still or sparkling. Kim is a freelance artist/educator there and had been around the show with Keith Wilson that afternoon. Overall I like the show – particularly the early galleries, I want to go back and see it again (at least once). I left knowing that I am a sculptor and that I really want to get back in to the studio.

I invited Kim to join me at the London Art Fair. We had a nice chat with James Payne from PayneShurvell where I’d seen Dermot O’Brien’s wonderful installation. And also with Danielle Horn of Nettie Horn, who I didn’t know but was showing an artist Kim knew from a previous RA show. I always feel a little uncomfortable talking with galleries at art fairs, they’re there to promote their artists rather than meet new ones, so I’m always very grateful when they take the time. The fair was far bigger than I remembered and we didn’t have time to do it justice, rushing along the aisles as things wound down we noticed a significant number of butterflies – paintings, prints, collages, sculptures, butterflies, butterflies, butterflies ….


interview (i & ii), Supermarket 2011, printer, pictures

It’s very interesting to see Andrew Bryant’s interview with me online. Reading my words online is different from having read them in the word documents that we exchanged over the summer and autumn – due to various commitments the interview took several months. I really enjoyed Andrew’s questions and seeing where the discussion took us. As the reality of my decision to re-locate to Stockholm gets closer it has been good for me to read (re-read) some of my motivations – and seeing them online makes them more concrete, gives my own voice a credence that sometimes wavers.
I really appreciate the feedback I’ve received – thank you!

måg (the online NABROAD magazine) has asked to interview me. Audi (the wonderfully dynamic and ambitious project director) has sent me a series of questions. The questions have given me a really interesting insight in to my ‘professional profile’

It looks as though I’ll be installing Play at the entrance to Supermarket 2011 (the artists’ art-fair held in Stockholm). Roberto proposed the idea to Andreas and it seems to be going ahead. (Roberto – artist/curator with MOCA, London. Andreas – director/organiser of Supermarket.) It’s an amazing opportunity, and I’m nervous about saying too much before I have absolute confirmation …
I went and had a look at the venue during my New Year trip to Sweden. Showing at the entrance will mean that Play will be seen by everyone going to the café as well as the fair visitors. Roberto (who is Swedish but has lived in the UK for 20 years) has talked about how easy it is to create a ‘sensation’ in the Swedish art-scene. I wonder if that will happen with Play, I wonder if I want that! The most recent sensations in the Swedish art world resulted from a publicly staged psychotic episode and the inclusion of a video of graffiti spraying at the Market art-fair. Could an installation of hours worth of gay pornography in city funded Kulturhuset be next? I think (hope) I can say honestly that I would never make an artwork for the purpose of creating a sensation but if something that I make creates one then I could live with that.

This afternoon I “saved” myself over £1000! After only a couple of hours I managed to get my wonderful new wi-fi printer to respond to my elderly but (almost) perfectly useable laptop. During those hours I feared that I might have to buy a new computer in order to use the printer that I bought for £49. Seeing that first printed page pop out was a great moment. My calm persistence and ability to think laterally is far greater than my technical ability, so although my old operating system wouldn’t read the installation cd that came with printer, I found that I could download the driver. Problem solved! And (unaffordable) purchase avoided! Thank you internet!

Along with a couple of pictures of Kulturhuset, I’m adding some pictures I took from the plane to Sweden. I think it is the first time I’ve flown on New Year’s Eve, and watching the sunset I thought about watching the last light of 2010 fading away. As the sky got darker the window glass became more reflective. The last picture I took shows multiple reflections of my hands, the black camera is almost invisible on the triple layers of glazing.

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