Too much text, was my first thought; knee-jerk gut reaction. But I was only browsing, a quick look because an hour parking so on reflection I didn’t give enough time and if there’s one thing you should allow yourself when visiting a gallery, is time, so my mistake. The artist creates (and gives) so in return it’s only fair to take the appropriate amount of time to give back, meet half way. Which is when there’s too much text the temptation of my thoughts is to think book, then, at my leisure. So when the opportunity arose to look again, a second visit, I read more. My other first thoughts were still there, is this real (of course it is), what I mean to say is, factual. I don’t know, I’ve just got to trust. Or not care, give in, submit. It could be fiction, fantasy, a dream but that’s all part of it. Thinking about Freud and id, ego and superego makes me think of three layers of brain – the basic biology, the physical structure, the shared evolution.
At a lecture/talk by video artist George Barber he mentioned the trend of artists to pick a point in history and then extrapolate from that point and use it as a starting point to be creative. He seemed to be suggesting that this method of working meant it became difficult to be critical of the work because of it’s face value.
I will be exhibiting some of my postcards at an exhibition of collections at The Grundy (open submission).