reasons to be cheerful: one, two, three… and four

i was going to just ‘blog’ about the NCA 2010 (Norfolk Contemporary Art) exhibition today; i didn’t actually make it to the PV, sadly, but i am sure it was very good…

i have a small mention in the catalogue’s main introduction to the exhibition (and four small works in the show)… it has caused a little contemplation on the matter of the origins of contemporary art

‘The example of the significant developments in attitudes to painting that occurred in America in the fifties and sixties of the last century – abstract expressionism, colour field painting and minimalism – are represented here in the works of Jazz Green, Geoffrey Lefever, Zheni Warner and Rhona Fleming. The preoccupations of those times, the flatness of the canvas and its nature as an object are clearly represented here.’

the flatness of canvas (the surface) and ‘its nature as an object’ in itself is indeed a preoccupation of mine – but thoughts drifted through my mind like the tangled balls of tumbleweed rolling across the dusty prairies, reminding oneself that no artist is entirely resistant to the winds of such international influences… america, as a second home to european artists such as duchamp, mondrian and albers gave both sanctuary and freedom to artists, in the making of their art, as process-driven ideas and concepts developed, quite separate to any desire or need for a pictorial narrative… it is, perhaps, due to the pioneeering and independent spirit of the age, a radical welfare & arts program, the art was unburdened by (and physically detached from) the historical trajectory of european art. american artists have been colourfully swooshing around the paint ever since, while in britain things were a little more muted…  well, there was the small matter of a war (and its subsequent debts) to deal with (i simplify, of course)…

someone said to me recently that you need to look at a lot of art and then forget about it, before you can make your own… one hopes that any traces of influence will be subtly distilled into a new form…

these four small works are currently in the NCA10 exhibition… all are 13 x 13 x 3.5cm…


fjord 2010


havana 2010


sushi 2010

and…


tuscany 2010

NCA 2010 is open daily, 1 to 21 July 2010. NCA is a curated, contemporary art exhibition, with sixty-five works selected by the arts writer Ian Collins and the artist Derek Morris. The exhibition includes painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics and mixed media works. A full-colour catalogue is available to accompany the exhibition and all artworks are for sale.

despite this current exhibition, the urgent matter of ‘work’ preoccupies my thoughts most days… over the weekend i penned (or designed, but it still needs a ‘little’ work) a leaflet to promote my good self as a freelance art tutor – this might be another string for the bow that has yet to pair with its corresponding arrow… and then there are my plans or development of ideas for more decorative objects in 3D… this multi-disciplinary approach, i believe, is critical to any financial stability… it is not good to be left hanging in the balance, waiting for a call…

meanwhile… i received, via email, some photographs of the setting up of the next exhibition, textures, traces and elements at beyond the image gallery – on what was probably the hottest day of the summer, thus far… angie, the gallery manager, was instrumental in the ‘hang’; immensely giving of her time and a very calming influence on us all…


critical discussions going on…


talking labels and other matters pertaining to the final touches of the exhibition…

here is a quick snapshot i took just before we left – i really respond to carol’s layered porcelain and slate pieces… i already have one of carol’s smoke-fired pots…

here are hazel’s paintings in the exhibition. to understand some of hazel’s paintings you really do have to see the incredible images that she draws out from the patterns seen in the most humble-looking of pebbles. she has an inspiring, spacious studio too, full of her coastal, beach finds..


[hazel bignell - paintings]

and now for something [not so] completely different; a more formal introduction to the textures, traces & elements exhibition, a poster…

TEXTURES, TRACES & ELEMENTS at Beyond the Image Gallery

2nd July to 1st August 2010

Textures, Traces & Elements is a contemporary art exhibition of mixed media paintings, collagraph prints, ceramics & textiles by three Suffolk-based artists: Hazel Bignell, Jazz Green and Carol Pask. These three artists respond boldly and uniquely in both process and media to the rural East Anglian landscape.

Beyond the Image Gallery is a contemporary, artist-run exhibition space located within the beautiful setting of the Thornham Estate, conveniently situated just off the A140, midway between Ipswich and Norwich. The Thornham Estate also includes twelve miles of waymarked footpaths through naturalised meadow and woodland, known as the Thornham Walks.

Textures, Traces & Elements at Beyond the Image Gallery is open Friday to Sunday, 11am-4pm, from the 2nd July to 1st August 2010.

Click here to view the gallery location on Google maps.

meanwhile, the promotional mill grinds on – i am very much looking forward to showing some new work at the 11th annual ‘Artworks’ exhibition at blackthorpe in september (Artworks is an established group of thirty professional East Anglian visual artists), with the environment and mankind’s impact on it as the broad theme of the exhibition… so, no pressure then…

stop press: it looks like i will have three large edgescape canvases in another exhibition, entitled Rebirth at Gallery Art 1821 in the fine city of Norwich,  opening 29 July – 8 September 2010.

read more about the future exhibition Rebirth

2 Comments

  1. Jazz
    Posted July 2, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    on the fourth exhibition… details to follow very shortly…

  2. Jazz
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    the fourth exhibiton i will be included in is at art1821, entitled ‘rebirth’… 29 june to 8 september, 2010