Dave Charlesworth and Naomi Pearce took us on a third expedition (if you count the salon series) to Margate where we visited local galleries and the brilliant show Nothing In the World But Youth at the Turner Contemporary
Dave Charlsworth and Naomi Peirce from the South London Gallery developed our critical involvement in the current works being shown by introducing us to East End galleries, where the curators/ owners were really happy to talk to us about the current shows, including the day to day practicalities of running a space longer term.
- Carl Friedman– we met Rob Daiment. He talked about how they support some artists long term and visit studios to crit work (need to trust that they are interested in your artistic intent as well as saleability- relationship with gallery so human and trust vital)
- Seventeen – we met Dave Boyland. Very involved and interested in the development of the work. Gave me the quote of the course “There are thousands of artist out there making amazing work, but if you’re an arsehole I don’t want to work with you”
- Form and Content– we met John Lindt and Gill Young the curators
- Cell Gallery – Ruth Beale was exhibiting and talked to us
- Space– Paul (surname?) Curator. non-profit space, support recent graduates. “A vibrant art practice means the ability to undermine your own practices and beliefs”
Having read The Time Travellers Wife I was intrigued to see Audrey Niffenegger talk to us in her capacity as an artist, and I wasn’t disappointed .
Just as the passages in her novel which had stayed with me involved a character expressing her feelings through making paper and sculpting, so Niffeneggers’ 2D works conjured characters who expressed her ideas figuratively.
Working often within a collective, her works are often influence by and in reference to other artists. These collaborations have resulted in artists’ books and illustrated novels, and the most well know novel. The scale of her imagination, often inspired by dreams, and the sheer volume of it again gives me courage somehow. The image of her having her coloured pencils and guache constantly at hand makes me smile.
Hearing how so many of these artists who have come to talk to us work has always done that. This proves to me that the life of an artist is a whole life. We see points along their paths, which may or may not be satisfactory 100% resolved in their minds (though most often are), but there is not end point. This is a life’s work.