- Vulgar Breach
- Cotton Thread
- Polyester Fibres
These wonderful creations are the work of Cuban artist Enrique Gomez de Molina.
They explore some similar themes to those I started to examine through my Bestial Drawings although these works take things to another level completely. It’s creative taxidermy at it’s best.
Men have dreamt up mythical beings for centuries but de Molina has created his very own menagerie of fantastical creatures some of which are absolutely beautiful, and some which appear to be terrifying.
De Molina says, understandably, that ‘the impossibility of my creatures brings me both joy and sadness at the same time.‘
The AIR/HMC International Artists Residencies and 9 X 12, Budapest exhibition, opens at the Ferencvarosi Gallery this coming Friday, the 26 May 2011, at 7.00pm.
The exhibition features three drawings from my Blacklight series along side a collection of works in a variety of media by 80 artists from Austria, United Kingdom, France, Canada, China, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.
The exhibition continues until the 19 June 2011. If you happen to be in Budapest during the next month, do pop in and see the show.
The exhibition supported by The National Cultural Foundation, HMC and District IX. Cultural Department.
Opening reception: 26 May 2011 at 7:00pm
Opening remarks by: Peter Baky
Curator: Beata Szechy – HMC
The HMC is an artist run, non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts organization dedicated to excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art and culture. The AIR-HMC’s mission to bridge cultural, geographic, and linguistic divides by bringing people together through the arts in order to foster a greater understanding of world cultures.
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I had the opportunity this evening to photograph the black dolls that I’ve been making recently as a mass. It has always been my intention to show them as one piece of work, or installation, so it was great to have the space to examine the ways in which they might be displayed.
My initial configuration was very formal as the dolls were displayed as a regimented unit:
After a little tinkering I broke up this formal configuration to establish something a little more loose. This certainly felt a lot more comfortable. I want the dolls to transmit the sense there is a life within them, to have some sense of movement. The regimented layout above feels more like the dolls are part of a lifeless display akin to what you might find on a shop shelf.
I’ve a few more dolls to make yet but it’s been great to have the chance to play with these objects at this point. It has give me an opportunity to take a step back from the making process and view the work in a context outside of the studio.
For those who’re interested the materials I used to construct these dolls are:
*Images courtesy of KITCHEN projects, 2011
I’ve had news just in that the Britt and Jon of the Trans-Siberian Art Centre has succesfully made it all the way from Moscow to Beijing. The project involved the team taking over one of the carriages on the trans-siberian train and turning it into a nomadic art space with a somewhat captive audience.
You can see from the pictures above how the carriage was decorated with contribution from an array of different artists, including your favourite purple spiky fine artist. If you look carefully you can see my contribution in the photographs above.
As Jon and Britt confess the the T-SAC started ‘as an idea that didn’t have much more genesis than a “Why not?” being laid on the pub table one night’. By all accounts the project turned out to be a roaring success.
In addition to the exhibition of postcard sized artworks, travellers were also treated to a number of performances pieces both in the carriage and on the station platforms along the way including ‘Slap’ by Anastasia Klose which sounds like it was interesting accomplpishment given the space restrictions.
You should definitely head on over to the T-SAC blog and read the teams brief account of their adventures: http://trans-siberianartscentre.blogspot.com.
This is a selection of images from Susan Projects first exhibition entitled Pre.Sense which opened in Oxford on Friday 6 May 2011.
The Private View was a cracking success, there really was a wonderful selection of work on display. It was fantastic to meet so many of my fellow exhibitors and talk about my drawings.
Word has it that Susan Project 2 is likely to take place early next year so be sure to keep an eye on their website for information about Susan’s upcoming new projects.*all photos courtesy of Susan Projects.
I’ve been undertaking some work with porcelain dolls at the moment which is a progression of the work that started with the Bestial Drawings I completed earlier this year.
The drawings was originally leading towards a number of costumes, or wearable sculptures, but I jumped the gun a little in terms of the work I was undertaking. I’ve taken a step back from the headpieces I was working on earlier this year in order to explore the theme that interest me on a smaller scale.