It’s summer in the UK! We’ve had to wait a long time and we know it will probably disappear as quick, but just at the moment it is hot and dry. What should one do under these circumstances? How about a garden party combined with an art exhibition? That will do nicely!
So last Sunday the Management and I headed off to Didsbury in south Manchester for If Not Here Where at the Fletcher Moss Art Gallery at Didsbury Parsonage. It is a very pleasant area and at the end of the afternoon we went for an enjoyable stroll through the Fletcher Moss parkland.
We went to support Denis Whiteside, one of the neo:artists I have mentioned before, and Gemma Lacey, from Hot Bed Press. What I liked was the number of other artists from both organisations who were there and who we were able to chat to.
Denis’s work Inertia, as usual, was based on text, on this occasion the last two lines of dialogue and the last stage direction from Beckett’s Waiting For Godot.
Denis explained that “the title of the project ‘If Not Here Where’ holds a Beckettian quality and the notion of inertness, a disinclination to act is suggested.”
In complete contrast to this feeling of inertia, Gemma’s piece Falling was “made … to try and capture the feeling of free-fall, limbo and lightness.” Gemma etched her printing plate, inked and printed, then re-etched repeatedly. The series of prints were mounted together (right hand frame). She also did a ‘ghost’ series (left hand frame) from the plates by printing again without re-inking.
There was another work by Rachael Gittins called Armet 1 and 2 which consisted of two domes hanging from the ceiling. When you put them over your head you could hear bird song and there was a strong smell. Here I am interacting with the work. Warning! The photo involves naked knees!
You may be wondering what the work is about so here is an explanation by the artist. Bovine doo doo, perhaps? I’ve checked inside the white walls of intellectual anaemia and can’t find any ephemerality and enervation at all!
Last month I reviewed an exhibition called Android where the artists were “invited to respond to the theme Android, originating from the Greek word ‘andro’ meaning man (or human) and ‘eidos’ meaning like or likeness.” One of the artists was Paul Dodgson with his work David on a Plinth, there being a photo in the review. The current show had the title If Not Here Where and Paul chose to respond to this brief – with David on a Plinth.
Stacey Coughlin was working as an Artist in Residence for the show. She had made some ‘bio-plastic’ from water, vinegar, glycerine and starch. (The recipe is here.) We were able to cut out birds from sheets of this material which could be hung up. Great fun!
As regards the sunshine and scones of the title, the Management and I had an enjoyable afternoon tea in the grounds of scones with jam and cream. But should you put the jam on first or the cream on first? I’m not going to debate that. I don’t want this blog to get a reputation for being controversial, do I?! 😉