Saturday, 8 June 2013

The Summer Exhibition 2013 and ICAD{3}, Week 1

As a member of the 
I was sent an invitation to yesterday's
 private members only viewing of the

Well it would be rude not to,
 wouldn't it?!

I took Hope with me, giving her 
well deserved break from her
GCSE revision.


The RA was covered with this enormous 
hanging sculpture by El Anatsui.
It measures 15m x 23m and is comprised
 of found objects - mainly metal bottle tops,
(that's a LOT of bottle tops!)
which are stitched together to form this
dazzling tapestry.
I think it would have been a little more
dazzling if the sun had been out.


Click on the pic above for a closer view.


Obligatory pic of a London pigeon
having a good wash in a low level 
fountain in the RA courtyard :)

Hope and I loved the exhibition.

There were submissions by famous
artists like Tracey Emin, Quentin Blake,
and Elizabeth Blackadder, but most of the
artwork is by 'unknowns' (unknown to me, 
anyway). On show, there was incredible 
talent, skill, ideas and inspiration.  
There was amazing mixed media 
artwork and oh, the prints **drool**!
  
There were also the ones that
I just didn't 'get', like the canvas that was
just a black-brown colour.  To my untrained
 eye, that was it, nothing more, nothing less.  
Why did that get selected?

I overheard a conversation by a couple 
behind me.  As they stood with their 
glasses of champagne, she asked him 
which one he was looking at.
"The red square with the red circle in it." he replied.
"You look at it and it's a square, but then there's 
a circle.  And it's red too."  Her reply, "I know, it's 
quite disconcerting, isn't it?"

?

One day I would like to submit something 
of mine to the exhibition - will I ever be
brave enough?!

***

So far, so good -
I'm keeping up with the
challenge being orgainised by

I'm loving it!
I'm somewhat limited by art materials 
while my studio/conservatory is being
remodelled, but that's all part of the fun :)

(Day 1: Save Me!)
(Day 2: Today the sun shone)
(Day 3: Dear birds)
(Day 4: Do you believe in fairies?)
(Day 5: Why fit in?)
(Day 6: Dreaming in colour)
(Day 7: Tulip)
I have been posting my cards 
on Facebook and flickr
and I have been amazed by all
the creativity, it's so inspiring.

Today I'm hoping to get the new
shelves in the conservatory 
bolted together and attached to the
wall.  Hope helped me fit the doors
(I needed to have 4 hands!), and 
they're looking good.  I can't wait to
get them filled up with my arty stuff
so I can get properly arting again.

XXX

12 comments:

Karen Isaacson said...

your cards are so lovely, and all the more impressive for having been created with limited resources. (Day 3 made me laugh out loud)
That hanging sculpture is mind-boggling. I would love to get an up-close-and-personal look at it.

BadPenny said...

Your cards are so different & interesting - well done for keeping going with all the upheaval.

Did you get champagne too ?

Jewels said...

Jo you could exhibit your stuff anywhere as far as I concerned! And your cards this past week have been brilliant.

Monica said...

Interesting visit and post. IPad crashed again leaving me stranded on incomplete section of highway. Apple store located and fixed it but everything left unless on iCloud. So far only located xyz clouds and they were of no help. The Monica cloud must have found a wine bar

Carmen said...

Thank goodness for this post as I had missed a couple of your cards. They are gorgeous and I'd never guess they were made with limited stash.

The show sounds amazing and I totally agree with Jewels that you could exhibit. I'd go to your show for sure.

missy k said...

The exhibition sounds really interesting.... loving your index cards.

Miss Iowa said...

Hi! I love your index cards--especially the "banker/banker/vicar/lawyer/CLOWN. lol

Dianne said...

Love all of your cards!! a fun variety, and you made me smile with the one from June 3rd!

Terri Corona said...

Great cards! Such wonderful variety, especially considering your limited art supply right now. I love the "why fit in?" one especially.

The tapestry out front of the exhibit is amazing - thanks for sharing. Sometimes I just don't "get" art either, and I look around at others nodding knowingly at it and am suspicious that they're just pretending!

Tracey Fletcher King said...

It is great seeing your cards all together like that... but I especially love the tulip one ... a great blend of colour and black and white...xx

Natasha said...

Disconcerting!? I know what seems disconcerting and it isn't a red circle in a red square that is a circle! But on the whole the exhibition seemed most fabulous. How incredible to see...how could you not when you are invited!

Loving your index cards, no signs of limited materials, all are great from where I sit!

Natasha said...

Disconcerting!? I know what seems disconcerting and it isn't a red circle in a red square that is a circle! But on the whole the exhibition seemed most fabulous. How incredible to see...how could you not when you are invited!

Loving your index cards, no signs of limited materials, all are great from where I sit!