Saturday, March 27, 2010

Technique, form and content

I visited the Henry Moore retrospective at the Tate Britain today and have to say I was very disappointed. The curator seemed to have overlooked a most critical factor, that of the three dimensions. I became irritated as I tried to move around the pieces pinning myself against the wall to get a glimpse of what I suspect the curator assumed was the back and therefore was of little importance. Smaller pieces were fitted into glass boxes which shouted "hands off thieves". It was of course jammed with people as well as it was a rainy Saturday in London today which made it even more unpleasant. I was more inspired by his drawings which showed his gradual path to forms that need space. Need I say more . . . .
Years ago I had seen a superb show at Yale of Moore's work, carefully placed, neither encapsulated in boxes or pushed against the wall and of course perhaps the best way to see his work was how Henry had intended out in the open field with sheep running around. Try the Yorkshire Sculpture Gardens.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Carol Paquet at Linne Calodo

Problem Child and Slacker made for excellent company (as they often do) at my opening night at Linne Calodo Winery. These were just a couple of the delicious wines that were flowing while folks came out to celebrate and share in the viewing of my new work. Taking center stage was my polyptych piece titled Suburban Juncture 1 - detail, which worked incredibly well in the voluminous, minimalist, industrial feel of the tasting room. A number of my newer pieces are printed on handmade Japanese paper with torn organic edges and embalmed in wax. These pieces are small in size but speak volumes... I hope! See for yourselves.