This will be my new workspace. It just needs some sorting out. At least the contents are out of boxes. Moving house has taken over my life. Now we’re in, I can’t wait to get painting again.
We visited the Turner prize 2011 show at the Baltic, Newcastle last weekend. Loved it. I can’t decide between the exuberant wallpaper and bath bombs, or Shaw’s sublimely morose paintings. Glad I’m not on the judging panel.
Walking into Karla Black’s installation, we are faced with sheets of polythene liberally smeared with paint which has dried and flaked off, the flakes of colour piled up on the floor. It is like walking into a magical grotto. Glimpsed through these painterly curtains, you can see the sculptural mounds and caves of what looks like crumpled wallpaper liberally coloured with bath bombs (judging by the number of bath bombs lying around). The effect is unexpectedly joyous, stimulating a bubble of sudden giddiness. I want to get down on my hands and knees and scribble. I want to put my hands in the piles of pastel dust and smear them around the floor. Most of all, I want to PLAY. My husband was affected similarly, he thought it was great fun.
By contrast, George Shaw’s paintings inspire a more sombre emotion. The paintings themselves are sublime, with their perfect composition and rendering of sub-urban Tile Hill in Coventry. The enamel paint gives them a soft shiny gloss that makes the surface as perfect as china. But the paintings seem to hint at loss, whether loss of people, places or a lost childhood it is up to us to interpret. There is a good review with pictures on the Guardian website.
I’ve got four little paintings, and seven monoprints in the Water Street Small Works exhibition, which incorporates ‘Just in Case’ – a huge selection of original artworks presented in a CD case. It’s a fabulous show, beautifully presented as always by Rosemary. If you can, go and visit. You won’t be disappointed.
I have had two paintings accepted in the first Calderdale Open Art Exhibition, held at the Piece Hall visitor centre in Halifax, open 10-5 every day until 30th October 2011.
I will be showing this piece in Brooklyn Studios Salon show. A percentage of the proceeds from the show will go to their chosen charity The Chernobyl Children’s Project.