Went to see the Manchester Contemporary at Spinningfields in Manchester this afternoon. It’s running alongside the Buy Art Fair, which the organisers claim to be the biggest art fair in the North of England. It’s only on for this weekend. I have some prints in the browser of the Hot Bed Press stand.
There were some interesting pieces, some of which were at sensible prices. (I don’t think small (less than A4) ink wash drawings which would have taken about 30 minutes to do which were on sale at over £500 can be classed as sensible.)
Untitled Gallery were showing work by Lee Machell and Rik Copsey. Lee’s work is described as ‘match drawings’. He places matches around found metal objects (the works on show were based on a paint handle (on the Untitled Gallery link), a tape reel and a coin) with the heads touching each other. The matches are set alight and the work is the resulting scorch and smoke pattern.
This is a work by Rik Copsey. What is is?
Anne-Marie Ros Projects, a Dutch gallery, was showing work which included sculptural pieces by Jeroen Bodewits. Jeroen has spent time in Russia and feels that it is trying to run full pelt for “the new” while still trying to hang on to its cultural traditions, “the old”. He has represented this by using found objects, particularly porcelain figures which granny may have had, but combining them in more modern contexts.
The boy and the dog would probably been a pretty little piece, but now are covered in dirt and are cowering behind a pile of tyres. The graffiti on the wall says “Fright”.
The final artist I want to mention is David Burton, whose work was being shown by Rob Tufnell. David fought in the First World War, was injured in an industrial accident then lived as a tramp earning money as a pavement artist. The photograph which I found on the internet (I was reluctant to take photographs at a selling fair) is not particularly good quality but gives an idea of his paintings.
What interested me was that the works were quite crude yet had £3800 price tags next to them. I feel it puts my £45 price for pairs of my screenprints in some sort of perspective.