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Monthly Archives: April 2017

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The sunny Yorkshire Dales

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Zak Ove, The invisible man and the masque of blackness, 2016. At the Yorkshire sculpture park.

The main exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park was Tony Cragg‘s work.   I liked some of his sculptures but many of them seemed mass produced and too similar.  They are not ‘site specific’ and many sit uneasily in the landscape.  Watching a video of his work was like looking at a sculpture factory.  I  prefer his works on paper, especially the ones on his website.

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Political assault on facts:  March for Science – occurring right now – reported on BBC Radio 4, but this is the first that I’ve heard about it! If we don’t have Science all that we’re left with is fiction.

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11th April 2017. Such a long process but beginning to get somewhere! The reflection at the top of the photograph is very annoying.

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Images from Maria Lassnig A Painting Survey, 1950 – 2007 1 Mar – 29 Apr 2017, Hauser & Wirth London

Wow – What an excellent exhibition!  I enjoyed this more than the Howard Hodgkin exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery so I’ve been asking myself why?  Maybe its because I see self-deprication in Lassnig’s paintings.  Revealing and funny whereas Hodgkin was more guarded and serious.  There’s also a f##k you in Lassnig’s paintings that I like.

Hodgkin takes the outside and projects it inwards whereas Lassnig takes the inside and projects outwards.

 

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I’ve just read this unbelievable tale:  438 days an extraordinary true story of survival at sea:

“On 17th November, 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a two-day fishing trip. A vicious storm killed his engine and the current dragged his boat out to sea. The storm picked up and carried him West, deeper into the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Alvarenga would not touch solid ground again for 14 months. When he was washed ashore on January 30th, 2014, he had drifted over 9,000 miles.”

This is what I found so shocking:  THE MIDDLE OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN IS POLLUTED BY PLASTIC WASTE!!!  NOT ONLY WERE PLASTICS FOUND FLOATING IN THE OCEAN OBJECTS WERE FOUND IN THE STOMACHS OF VARIOUS SEA CREATURES.  If this isn’t a pollution wake-up call then I don’t know what is.

 

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20270404 getting back on track.

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Back to the drawing board. Did some scrubbing with turps. Re-established the graphite grid. Fixed the graphite by dabbing with retouch varnish, first using a brush, then going over it dabbing with a cloth. Now re-painting bearing in mind the Mars Pizza painting which had a very complex structure.

Visited the National Portrait Gallery on Friday to see:  Howard Hodgkin Absent Friends and Michaelangelo & Sebastiano at the National Gallery.

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Leos triplet – image shamelessly stolen from watchthisspaceman!