Friday, 22 June 2012

Art, and Thoughts on Art

At the gig on Monday, Amanda announced that the venue would be open again on Tuesday afternoon for the art, so I decided to go back.
The gallery was deserted so I was able to spend as long as I wanted with the art works.

On Monday, I'd  found myself wandering around, and every so often I would see a picture and thinks "that's gorgeous, I wonder who made it?" and then I would read the label and, about half the time, realise that it was an artist I already knew of - some, like Kyle Cassidy and Molly Crabapple I was expecting, (you can buy prints of Molly's pieces here)
Molly Crabapple's art
Others, like Raliel, I should have anticipated but hadn't,Other artists included Judith Clute, Michael Zulli, David Mack, (I immediately loved his pieces, but it took a long time for the penny to drop and to realise that he also did the art work for the 'I Will Write With Words of Fire' prints from neverwear)

Some of the artists were new to me - I immediately fell in love with Vladimir Zimakov's linocuts,(also available as prints)

and was impressed with the photography skills of one Neil Gaiman, who seems to be a newcomer as a visual artist...

I was impressed, too, with the ability of one Amanda Palmer to draw so well, in addition to the singing.

Kambriel's gorgeous 'The Killing Type' dress presided over all, with bullets (or shell cases?) in the bodice..

Alone in the gallery, I was terribly tempted to see if I could take it off the mannequin and try it on myself. I didn't, but when I tweeted about it later, Kambriel said she would have let me, had she been there. I wish she had been!
Kyle Cassidy's 'Bed Song' art
But there was one piece of art which I kept returning to. The set of 5 pictures by Kyle Cassidy, of people, naked, in bed. I kept returning to them because the pictures are beautiful, of course, but also because they felt so real - the people in the pictures. The pictures were beautiful, and so were the people in the pictures.Every curve, every line, every sign of lives lived. Seeing them on Monday night, during Amanda's show, I loved them. Seeing them the following day, in the quiet of an empty gallery, I was moved to tears.

(20.37 22.06.12) edited to correct errors)


FractalgeekUK said...

I want the bed book, but couldn't justify $1000. Ditto the bottom left NG picture and the David Mack.

The dress - we know exactly how big it is, as we supplied the Mannikin. We started with a female body, but had to shift to a male as the figure is pretty straight in the chest :-(

Cecily said...

I am so glad people I know are getting to see these. And SO happy you got a picture of all them on the wall. It looks like it was a fabulous show!

Marjorie said...

Me too (wanting the Bed Song Book) - I wavered for a while, but I've got used to eating..

The dress probably wouldn't have fitted me, but it would have been fuin to try.

Marjorie said...

Cecily - it was. (and I'm glad you're happy. Kyle tweeted to ask if there were pictures of them up on the wall so I figured it would be Ok to post them)

the dystopian said...

great to see a preview and your thoughts on the art. thanks for sharing.