Time for my Saturday update! This week I’ve read ‘ The arrival’ by Shaun Tan, well ‘read’ I should say as this amazing book consists only of images, telling the universal story of immigrants, in this case based upon stories by immigrants and images from Sydney, Australia. It has taken the artist 4 years to complete this work and it is a true beauty to behold.
Also, I’ve just finished ‘ The 12 million dollar stuffed shark; The curious Economics of Contemporary Art and Auction Houses’ by Don Thompson. I’ve already mentioned this book in yesterday’s blog on Cindy Sherman, and I have to say that although it is an insightful work, the author drones on and on about prices, prices, prices. Thankfully, he also shares his thoughts on the new artists’ climb through the ranks, from local dealers through high street galleries and the superstar galleries, Who the major players on the art market are, where they gather, how they get their works from auctions, how auction houses market the works and make their profits and the (sometimes very subtle but always elitist) politics of buying and selling contemporary art and these factors made the book a worthwhile read. I’ve read both books by courtesy of my local library, so you can check if yours has them in stock as well.
This week saw the opening of the ‘Renewal 2’ exhibition at Gallery 150, which opened on the 14th and will end on the 27th of February. I have one work included, titled ‘ Mother’ (previously ‘ Mother and Child’) which will be up for sale. Gallery 150 is located on Regent Court in the centre of Leamington Spa, so go and have a look at the great talent our region has to offer!
I attended an Art Funding workshop in Coventry on the Thursday, organised by Emerge and hosted by ICE (Institute for Creative Enterprise). Here I’ve met Maria Rankin, a Leamington Spa based photographer and film maker and since both of us are interested in art photography, we might combine forces and create something worthwhile. Speaking of combining forces – I’ve been talking to my favourite Northern geeky girl Christine and talks of a very specific photography project are in full swing. Some details are yet to be filled in and mulled over before we kick off but there is some definite progress in this area and I hope we can start soon.
I am already working on a Leamington and Warwick based series of the contrasts in the surroundings, photographing the beautifully maintained pride and joy, but also the ruined and neglected. I’ve been to Warwick Castle, The Warwick Maria Church and Leamington Spa Jephson Gardens of which the first two still need to be developed and all need to be printed. Since the darkroom is shut for half-term, I will have sooooo much to print when I can get back in.
I’ve been printing and framing works for the upcoming Twycross Zoo Wedding Fayre, that date is closing in fast. This week I’ll need to put a slideshow together, which I’ve never done in my life so that should be fun (please note the sarcasm). Other than that I have a lot of administrative and research tasks to do on various organisations, funding, galleries etc. and I’ll have some great new artists and photographers to discover. But first I’ll be looking forward to an antique and collectibles fair near Leamington Spa tomorrow, I can barely contain my excitement! Roll on tomorrow!