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Spring cleaning this blog (well, thinking about it anyway)

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, TRANSCRIPTION, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags , , , , on April 5, 2009 by echostains

spring-cleaning-on-its-way

spring-cleaning-on-its-way

A quick one today, as I have to go to work soon (whilst I still have a job to go to!).  I have quite a lot of stuff to be getting on with regarding this blog: it could do with a Spring clean!  I might change the format also because I have been  having trouble with the size of the script, which can be very erratic at times.   Firstly, I must do some more Altered art book pages.  Also more transcription (that is two journals stuck together, so there’s a lot of stuff in there).  I never did get round to writing about The Francis Bacon retrospective we went to before Christmas.  And I have managed to do some new work which needs to go on here.  I started this blog the end of November last year and I havn’t missed many days.  When I went to Las Vegas the other week, I did my blogs just before I went, then scheduled them to come on each day.  But I must have under estimated the time difference because one day is missed out lol!

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Art I LOVE Brian McGuire ‘Foundation Stones’

Posted in ART, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , , , on February 16, 2009 by echostains
brian-maguire-Foundation Stones

brian-maguire-Foundation Stones

This painting moved me in a unerving way.  It is a painting by the Irish artist Brian McGuire, and I saw it at the Dublin Art Gallery a few years ago.

The experience is like looking through a long tunnel or corridor type room.  But it is the use of the green and yellow that conveys the feeling of an echo, fluttering like a moth, rebounding off the surface.  The eye has no easy resting place and darts round the picture, instead of taking the easy way out through the tunnel.  There’s a feeling of ‘waiting’: not exactly resignation.  In a sense you feel that these ‘people’ or presences are not really there – and – incidentally is there really a pathway down the corridor?  Is that a person sat in a chair? or indeed, a chair at all with a sheet draped over it?  There is a sense of past inhabitants, passing on, leaving only their ghosts essences behind.  A sort of limbo ensues.

This painting also has a voice.  It echoes down this corridor: one of many voices: snatches of imperceptible conversations all vying for attention.

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A few years ago, when the Tate Modern had just opened, another life changing experience occurred, this time in the Francis Bacon gallery.  To see his paintings collectively is an almost psychic experience.  There is such a physical force emanating from these canvasses that is beyond paint.  It is alchemical, the sensation I would also liken to static electricity.

What do these painting have in common?

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head-of-gerda-boehm-auerbach

Frank Auerbach

tapies-this-is-a-body

tapies-this-is-a-body

Tapies

The answer is not how realistically portrayed the ‘figurative’ or recognisable  the images are – but the immediacy, the direct personal contact and impact these paintings have with me.  But there are differences between these experiences.  Each ‘grabs’ but collectively, Bacon overwhelms.

Attack of the Killer tomatoes! A conspiracy?

Posted in ART, HOME, LONDON (JAUNTS), PAST PLACES with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2009 by echostains
Survivor of 2008 and glad

Survivor of 2008 and glad

Doing really well with these resolutions so far!  OK, I know it’s only day 2, but nevertheless I am doing great!  After all the rubbish I’ve been eating at Christmas, I couldn’t wait to get back to healthy eating.  I thought I would do a nice healthy shepherds pie and some salad: (I’m odd like that ….)

Innocent? ...don't be fooled, a killer could be lurking

Innocent? ...don't be fooled, a killer could be lurking

The first mouthful  tasted absolutely FOUL!  At first I couldn’t work out what it was.  It tasted like disinfectant!  Sifting through it,  I found that it was the tomatoes!!!  Now these tomatoes (plum) look fine: they don’t taste fine though.  I still feel ill thinking about it.  And now I’m starving!!!  Oh well, it’s back to the drawing board, literally.  It’s about time I did a bit more on my Altered book, plus I’m still writing about the Francis Bacon exhibtion we saw at Tate Britain in London.

attack_of_the_killer_tomatoes

attack_of_the_killer_tomatoes

Looking for an image of plum tomatoes, I found this write up about tainted plum tomatoes!  I am now panicking! Attacked by a tomato!  What a way to start the New year eh?

http://www.healthline.com/blogs/diet_nutrition/2008/06/tainted-tomatoes.html

A Bohemian at heart? or an Ass in Bohemia?

Posted in LONDON (JAUNTS) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2008 by echostains

French House pub and restaurant

Boho’s that we are (at heart) we were Pottering round Soho and popped into the French Bar, Dean Street. Packed out of course. The smokey atmosphere may be gone, thanks to the ban, but the pub still a kind of ‘aura’ lingering over it. This bar has a great history and some very interesting photo’s and art on the wall of bygone customers: all characters, nearly all dead.

The pub itself is lively enough though, full of all different ‘types’. Lol! Wonder what ‘type’ people would call us? (hence the title). Not keen on stereotyping myself: do not wish to join. However, one of the barmen was NOT very pleased about us taking pictures at all, he told us so in no uncertain terms-

‘Do you know, there are actors in here who don’t want to be recognised or photographed’ he said (in a very loud stage whisper lol!)

Actors who don’t want to be photographed or recognised! A novel concept eh …… The beggers should take their chances the same as everyone else! After all it’s a pub, not an exclusive club (like the Colony Rooms, which we tried to gatecrash once… and failed). You’d have to be EXTREMELY ‘recognised’ by the owner to get in there: disguises must NOT be worn

colony-rooms-soho

colony-rooms-soho

The offended man himself was sporting a large handle bar ginger moustache, glasses and curly hair: a cross between Mr Pastry and Billy Childish (and yes, we have got a pic of him, it would be rude of me to put it on this blog though.. … oh OK then, if you insist: it’s not like anyone is going to see it..)

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We did ask him if he WAS Billy, he said he wished he was. So did we. We like Billy, both as an artist (Stuckist) and a songwriter. In fact I must write about Childish later. But I digress as usual.

 

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http://www.billychildish.com/home.html

Earlier on we had gone to Fitzrovia. Now we ADORE Fitzrovia! I prefer it to Soho. All the interesting characters that used to hang round there. So many to write about, so many talented and interesting lives. Favorites include Bacon of course (got to write about the exhibition yet), John Deakin, FANTASTIC photographer and a well, not a nice character, but a character. John Minton, tragic artist. Nina Hamnett: artist in her own right and Queen of Bohemia, Jeffrey Bernard, the journalist.

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We went in the Wheatchief which was one of Dylan Thomas’s haunts, though you wouldn’t know it as they don’t exactly draw attention to the fact. I’m sure there used to be a plaque or something over the seats called ‘Poets Corner’ , but that’s gone now. Him and Caitlin had many a Ding Dong in this pub. But then they had rows any time, anywhere.

Back at the French House, before we were interupted by the barman, this is what we were trying to taking photos of.

past customers

Amongst all the memorabilia on the walls, I was rather quite taken with these. Now I don’t know if they are actual little watercolour sketches, pen and ink drawings or just pieces of wall paper, but I just LOVE them and had to snap em! I can recognise a few of the artists in the drawings/paintings.  And I am sure that a lot of them would be really pleased to be remembered…….. and recognised.

gone but not forgotten



 


 

London WILL belong to me!

Posted in LONDON (JAUNTS) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2008 by echostains

Bacon Triptych

Bacon Triptych

So excited to be going to London for a few days!  Not been for about 18 months so it will be good.  We’ll be seeing the Francis Bacon Exhibition at the Tate Britain so I will make some notes. 

 

 

 

 

Pope painting

Pope painting

 

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

 

 

 

 

 

 Also going to Shepherds Bush Empire to see the Electric Six.  Most people have only heard ‘Gay Bar’ and ‘High Voltage’, but they are far far better than those hits.  Their music is evolving and constantly changing all the time.

'Flashy' album cover Electric Six

'Flashy' album cover Electric Six