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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Art Review Rankings -A ranked list of the contemporary artworld’s most powerful figures.  Guess what?  The largest wallet is at the top of the list !!!!

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Right is a dinosaur bone from Alberta Canada. Left is from Lyme Regis = dinosaur bone?

Or a piece of cement?

Wow – there’s a Peter Dreher exhibition at the Milton Keynes Gallery. I have never seen this artist’s work before. What a treat!! My favourite piece of work is ‘Every Day is a Good Day’, the daytime series. Although I watched the video of Dreher being interviewed, I have many more questions about his work.

  • How do we know that Dreher makes one painting per day?
  • How do we know that he completes the painting in one day?
  • How long does each painting take?
  • How does Dreher manage to centre and scale each painting?
  • As these are oil paintings, it would be impossible to use glazing techniques. Does Dreher premix his colours before starting? The paint must be applied in one ‘hit’.
  • Is each painting executed at the same time every day?
  • Do the paintings ever go wrong?
  • Are all the paintings deemed good enough to belong to the series?
  • Are their any photographs of the subject matter?
  • How did Dreher select his materials and the size of the images?

 

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Dreher does explain on the video how he chose a glass as a subject.

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Every Day is a good day – close up.

Busy Saturday down in Sussex. Drove up to Monks House, home of Virginia and Leonard Woolfe. Walked in the pouring rain to the River Ouse to see where Virginia Woolfe drowned herself – very sad.

We then went to the fishmongers at Newhaven before having lunch on the seafront.

After lunch we went to Charlestone House, rural home of member of the Bloomsbury Group. Had a one hour tour of the house by a very informative guide. It was interesting to hear how the ‘in crowd’ of their day lived their lives. Even today their arrangements would be considered to be unconventional. This was the first time that I’d heard of the Omega workshops.

I’ve been listening to the 2013 Reith Lecture – Greyson Perry. Very easy to listen to as Perry demystifies the contemporary art world. Thanks BBC and thanks Greyson Perry. Transcript HERE.

Also found the music accompanying the Italian detective series ‘The Young Montalbano’. I really like the music at the beginning – Il giovane Montalbano: Olivia Sellerio canta la sigla iniziale and the end Vuci mia cantannu vai – Olivia Sellerio

Spent one week on the south coast of Devon staying at the beautiful village of Branscombe.  This gave me the opportunity to study the cliffs at Hookend in detail.  An excellent description of geology of the area is provided by Ian West of Southampton University.

Cretaceous sediments overstep directly onto Triassic, Mercia red mudstone deposits. There are no Jurassic sediments here at all.

Fossils were abundant in the loose blocks on the beach but the rocks were so hard that it’s impossible to collect any specimens. Corals, bivalves and ammonites were common in the massive limestone blocks. Flints from the overlying chalk commonly had tiny bivalve fossils associated with them. There were some very strange flint morphologies probably controlled by animal burrows.

Branscombe flint

Branscombe flint

I also spent a couple of days on the Lyme Regis – Charmouth section. Usually this is a very productive fossil collecting area but sadly not for me. Is this a belemnite or something else?

belemnite?

belemnite?

belemnite?

Just returned from field trips to Branscombe, Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

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