Yearly Archives: 2015

my secret distraction

Friday 18 September 2015

trawling through some image folders, came across these photographs of the three postcards i made for rca secret 2015.

i made the effort to photograph them at the time, and now i am wondering whatever happened to the postcards. my secret distraction.

did they sell and raise some cash for my old college? i think maybe not, and they have since been resigned to the skip of art. the rca have previously stated few remain unsold after the exhibition [so there are some]. unsold cards are not returned to the artists.

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[three secret postcards 2015]

thinking about my cards, wherever they may be: the first three are numerals [3, 6, 9] based on wooden printing blocks, although i flipped the original design. i was influenced by metal signage at the time.

rca secret is all numbers: numbered cards on display, long queues, a secret raffle to select the first fifty buyers through the door, selling cards and raising a lot of money for student fees. then after the sale, matching names with numbers, or numbers to names. my postcard numbers [as discovered on the rca website]: 1724, 1875, 2098.

the number three: everywhere, nearly every day: on a door, in tiny details in photographs, pondering on the red ’33’ painted on the backrest of my vintage swivel draughtsman’s chair, which was rescued from a skip at the college where i used to work – as this seemed significant – and two threes made six, another red three, and that made nine… i was looking out for three numbers. 1-2-3 may have been a simpler combination, but there was something quite cheery about the rounded shape of the figure nine, and it looked like a lowercase little ‘g’.

the number 33 studio chair has since lost any sense of swivel, so maybe the college skip was the best place for it after all. nevertheless, it’s a moderately pleasing piece of vintage furniture, with black tubular steel legs and a curved, ergonomic wooden seat [with some surprising graffiti], and it’s naturally in a design partnership with my parallel-motion drawing board [that i acquired for free in exchange for a small collage]. there is less need for this type of design studio equipment with computer-aided design, i guess. but i digress… it’s just a ‘high’ chair [but chairs can be lethal, as i discovered while casually reading the times newspaper the other day]

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[secret postcard to dubai]

for the fourth postcard, for the rca’s newest fund-raising venture, rca secret dubai, i reclaimed [re-used] the off-cut pieces from the number cards to make a new collaged piece with a more pronounced 3d appearance. the assembled curves and overlapping shapes also appeared to evoke a middle-eastern aesthetic.

my secret postcard to dubai, where some millionaires reside, where the world’s most ambitious buildings are being constructed, where everything looks expensive, shiny, and new… and i was reconfiguring various cut-out scraps of already recycled card into a new mini-artwork for an international fund-raising art event in dubai. seems fair.

rca secret: supporting the next generation of fine artists in their post-graduate studies.

ten-eleven-twelve

Wednesday 9 September 2015

three more small pictures from the artworks exhibition: ten, eleven, twelve.

the final three mixed media painting/collages from a series of twelve [box-framed in black], which are currently on show in artworks 2015 at blackthorpe barn in suffolk. the exhibition opened on saturday 5 september and continues to sunday 27 september 2015. open daily 10am to 5pm.

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10. castles and caravans, painting and collage, 7cm x 7cm
[frame size: 18cm x 18cm x 4.5cm deep]

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11. seaside blues, painting and collage, 5.5 cm x 7cm
[frame size: 18cm x 18cm x 4.5cm deep]

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12. syncopated jazz, painting and collage, 7cm x 7cm
[frame size: 18cm x 18cm x 4.5cm deep]

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[twelve black boxes: my work in the artworks exhibition at blackthorpe barn]

ARTWORKS 2015

Artworks is a professional art group of thirty east anglian artists. Each year we organise a group exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn in Suffolk. All work by the artists in Artworks 2015 is new, created in 2014-15.

The artists in Artworks 2015 are: Valerie Armstrong; Mike Ashley; Lyn Aylward; Alfie Carpenter; Gillian Crossley-Holland; Cathy D’Arcy; Helen Dougall; Dunham; Chris Gamble; Roger Gamble; Jazz Green; Alison Jones; Eleonora Knowland; Lucy Lutyens; Mac McCaughan; Christine McKechnie; Annabel Mednick; Katie Millard; Elaine Nason; Carol Pask; Anne Paton; Doug Patterson; Kit Price Moss; Eileen Revett; Kate Reynolds; Colin Slee; Liz Waugh McManus.

ARTWORKS 2015
Saturday 5th September to Sunday 27th September 2015
Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham Estate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP30 9HZ

Artworks Gallery shop: paintings, original handmade prints, sculpture, ceramics and glass, artist postcards & greetings cards. Artworks café for light refreshments. Free parking at Blackthorpe Barn. The Artworks exhibition is signposted via AA road signs. Junction 45 from A14.

seven-eight-nine

Tuesday 8 September 2015

three more pictures today: seven, eight, and nine. these are from a series of twelve very small framed artworks, currently on show in the artworks! 2015 art exhibition at blackthorpe barn in suffolk. the exhibition is open daily 10am to 5pm, to sunday 27 september 2015.

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7. factory farming, painting and collage, 7cm x 6cm
[frame size: 18cm x 18cm x 4.5cm deep]

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8. hideout [in the sticks], painting and collage, 6cm x 7.5cm
[frame size: 18cm x 18cm x 4.5cm deep]

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9. cakes and ale, painting and collage, 6cm x 7cm
[frame size: 18cm x 18cm x 4.5cm deep]

ARTWORKS 2015

Artworks is a professional art group of thirty east anglian artists. Each year we have a group exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn in Suffolk. All work by the artists in Artworks 2015 is new, created in 2014-15.

The artists in Artworks 2015 are: Valerie Armstrong; Mike Ashley; Lyn Aylward; Alfie Carpenter; Gillian Crossley-Holland; Cathy D’Arcy; Helen Dougall; Dunham; Chris Gamble; Roger Gamble; Jazz Green; Alison Jones; Eleonora Knowland; Lucy Lutyens; Mac McCaughan; Christine McKechnie; Annabel Mednick; Katie Millard; Elaine Nason; Carol Pask; Anne Paton; Doug Patterson; Kit Price Moss; Eileen Revett; Kate Reynolds; Colin Slee; Liz Waugh McManus.

ARTWORKS 2015
Saturday 5th September to Sunday 27th September 2015
Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham Estate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP30 9HZ

The exhibition is open daily 10am – 5pm.

Artworks Gallery shop: paintings, original handmade prints, sculpture, ceramics and glass, wide range of artist postcards & greetings cards. Artworks café for light refreshments. Free parking. The Artworks exhibition is signposted via AA road signs. Junction 45 from A14.