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Monthly Archives: May 2011

‘here now’ to become ‘the edge of finitude’


Camping (Holmsley Campsite) and cycling in The New Forest for the past few days. Nice camp site on open heathland, fairly quiet, good facilities. Lots of dogs. Excellent cycling but found caravan drivers are a bit scary (caravans are wider than the cars towing them). Cold NW wind but no rain.

Visited ArtSway, Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry exhibition. A little bit of contemporary art, normally seen in London, in the heart of the New Forest? The Arts Council is cutting its grant to ArtSway by 100% from 2012, is this fair? Sway is less than two hours away from London by train.


drawing in progress



What If It’s All True? What Then? exhibition at Mummery and Schnelle gallery. The second of two exhibitions, curated by Andrew Mummery, the first of two consecutive parts – fourteen painters whose work is a continued re-engagement with Modernism. The exhibition proposes phenomenological interpretation as a valid means of addressing abstract painting beyond Modernism. Well, I’m not sure that this worked for me – perhaps I live in a different head space – perhaps I need to investigate this further?

Shopping – found a Slimline Magnifier Light at The London Graphics Centre but it’s out of stock. Bought new grounds at Chelsea College of Art shop, mirror card and aluminium embossing sheets. Located the last bottle of Umi Plum Sauce at the Japan Centre.


We want Our Art to speak across the barriers of knowledge directly to People about their Life and not about their knowlegde of art. The 20th century has been cursed with an art that cannot be understood. The decadent artists stand for themselves and their chosen few, laughing and dismissing the normal outsider. We say that puzzling, obscure and form-obsessed art is decadent and a cruel denial of the Life of People.


Our Art is the friendship between the viewer and our pictures. Each picture speaks of a „Particular View“ which the viewer may consider in the light of his own life. The true function of Art is to bring about new understanding, progress and advancement. Every single person on Earth agrees that there is room for improvement.


We invented and we are constantly developing our own visual language. We want the most accessible modern form with which to create the most modern speaking visual pictures of our time. The art-material must be subservient to the meaning and purpose of the picture. Our reason for making pictures is to change people and not to congratulate them on being how they are.


True Art comes from three main life-forces. They are: –


In our life these forces are shaking and moving themselves into everchanging different arrangements. Each one of our pictures is a frozen representation of one of these „arrangements“.


When a human-being gets up in the morning and decides what to do and where to go he is finding his reason or excuse to continue living. We as artists have only that to do. We want to learn to respect and honour „the whole“. The content of mankind is our subject and our inspiration. We stand each day for good traditions and necessary changes. We want to find and accept all the good and bad in ourselves. Civilisation has always depended for advancement on the „giving person“. We want to spill our blood, brains and seed in our life-search for new meanings and purpose to give to life.

Gilbert & George