My mother in law and the girls looking at the water sculptures at Kings Place, Kings Cross. There is also an exhibition of self portraits on one of the levels. I escaped for a few minutes to have a look and sketch a few. I will have to put my drawings in another post.
Amyra and I about to hit the town and drink rather lovely cocktails at the fabulous Lounge Bohemia in Shoreditch.
I left my husband and his mother in charge of the children on the Saturday and went off by myself to see some galleries and to go to the Frieze Art Fair.
I wasw also able to squeeze in a visit to the Tate Britain to see the Turner Prize nominated artists exhibition but was not allowed to take any photos, such a shame. I can say that I really liked Dexter Dalwoods paintings and Collages, and paintings that look like collages. Take a look here and see what you think. I really got excited about the exhibition of Rachel Whiteread's drawings in one of the other galleries. I love the range of materials she uses. Check them out here.
I took my life into my hands and snapped a few pictures in the permanent exhibition. I Love these Francis Bacon rugs. I began to appreciate Cubism after researching Cubism and textiles for an essay a few years ago, now I really like it.
The composition and colours of this quite small painting caught my eye. There is something quite quiet and also a bit Latin American about it. It is "Studland Beach" by Vanessa Bell painted in about 1912.
I also went to the Frieze Art Fair which was super fantastically huge....
I spent 3 hours just going round half, and when I got there I realised I was almost out of camera batteries so didnt take photos of the artists names. The idea was that I would snap the artworks that caught my eye and write down the rest........ hmm.....it didnt quite work out like that. I did buy the wacking great catalogue though and I will, I will, I will, look up the artists names. I will put in the ones I did write down for now. (how rubbish is that?)
poor stuffed puppy.
I know who this is, Alina Szapocznikow. I think I was drawn to this because of the delicacy of the detail. It reminds me of the romantics and Pre-Raphaelite. But it has a dark side, it is severed from the rest of the face to me it is Passion but unrequited, perhaps??? Or, having just skim read the wikipedia entry for her, perhaps it is to do with the memory of family or love or tenderness lost in the concentration camps.
I was immediatly drawn to these life size collage portraits. I am becoming more and more interested in collage, the way unrelated (sometimes) pieces can be made to relate to eachother and create a new whole. Like threads of conversations or memories untangled and fitted together to create a, sometimes fractured, sense. After about 15 minutes of looking at them I realised what they remind me of..Body Worlds an exhibition of plastinated bodies that toured the world some years ago.
These are by the artist Gabi Trinkaus this is the best link I can find for her.
Pins, is it because I work in textiles that I like to see (and use) pins in artwork?
I had to put in this
I had to put in this
Here is one I really liked, unfortunatly no idea who it is. I even went to the trouble of writing myself a little note about why I liked it but didnt bother with the artists name. I like the idea of doing a portrait over time, just laying the next years drawing right over the top. Recording the passing of time visually. I dont know that that is what the artist was doing but the painting sparked that thought for me and as I am working on the theme of memory I became excited by the idea.
I am bored of putting up art that I cant put a name to so for now that is my lot.
See you soon.