a peak in to ideas/processes in my new/old plan chest ;)
This summer has been a strange mix of having some time to make some work with no obligations, but with little fruition. Maybe I'm being hard on myself, because new things need the invisible; planting, watering, sunshine time too.
So within that freedom, seeds must have been going down. In my intense frustration of thinking, thinking, thinking so much, about all the ideas I have, and things I could do, not much came. But when I thought about something else, read a totally different magazine (not art related), spoke to someone about a different topic, took a walk or two, and then have my son return, the ideas flowed through a bit more. Maybe I work better with time confinements too?!
Deptford X Fringe
And I'm pleased to report I've been selected to take part in the Deptford X Fringe Festival this coming September/October and will be working on a new series: POSTERS THAT TELL THE TRUTH. (oh yeah, there's been that tough time of writing proposals, and entering art things, all very nerve-wracking yet helps hone/clarify what one is setting out to do artistically.)
I'm so excited to be working on an art project that involves 'exhibiting' outside a gallery space, something I'm often encouraging and exploring with those who do my experimental art e-course. And yes, the next course is open for enrolment. I've been posting sketchbooks & art goodies out to the latest sign ups - do join us if you want to go on an exciting art journey :)
As my own work involves working with appropriated imagery from mainstream culture - in a bid to examine the way we visually experience identity and absorb visual narratives - it makes sense to utilise the imagery and put works back in to the very fabric from which I experience and see original source material, however, there's more to them than this, which you will find out in time....
I often wonder at the workings of gallery systems (another reason for being behind opening a collective studio and gallery space myself) and how alternative ways might be work-able. Please note: ArtLacuna is running it's open submissions/prize and the deadline is fast approaching, if you wish to take part then please apply - international submissions welcome as long as you can sort out getting the work delivered to us on the dates required :) http://artlacuna.org/prize
Transformational v Informational
And current research has me looking in to the whole idea of TRANSFORMATIONAL learning as opposed to INFORMATIONAL learning. Transformational means learning through doing and process. Informational means learning through the head; academia, reading, note-taking but not actually doing. For me there is no contest. Who doesn't want transformation? But the most powerful is a combination of the two: read up, but then go DO. Go on just do it! This is what I keep telling myself, and is how I've managed to make my way (self supported) through an MA in art, and open a gallery/project space (self-supported and initiated too - flush patrons in any form are nowhere to be seen in this venture!)
If there's any advice I would swear by it's definitely just do it - there's always a way to make it work, or at the very least we learn that that's not what we want to do! My challenge is just time. But then I guess everything has its 'right time' and I just need to sink in to, and accept that.
And so, returning to my project in question. I put forward a proposal about why I'm doing a series of poster based works that should be seen within the public eye, and it has become an exciting new opportunity to move outside my comfort zone, to be brave and create work that builds on what I've been doing but in a new direction. I CAN'T WAIT and of course I will share with you.
But in the mean time I'm taking a much needed break. But I know what this actually means. It means new energy, new sights, and things to talk about. It means a break in the energy that has formed, and something fresh always comes forth. It means a time for crisp notebooks to be opened, and musings to be recorded whilst reading at least 3 books at a time.
Enjoy the rest of your Summer (or whatever season you may be in!)