Archive for May 2012
I am currently reading the online preview of photogrpaher Angela Kelly‘s essay “Book, Exhibition, Lecture: Revisiting Catharsis: Images of Post-Conflict Belfast 2008-12″, included in the new book “Photography and the Artist’s Book“, edited by Theresa Wilkie, Jonathan Carson and Rosie Miller, published by Museums Etc.
When no longer reading, one of the things that keeps coming back to me is a reference she makes to how meanings are generated via layering, (in some works Kelly montages (?) a photographic image on top of another), or via juxtapostion, (in others one image is presented alongside another). I am interested in this idea as part of a model for how meaning is arrived at.
In abstract painting a colour juxtaposed with another creates a visual experience that is different to when colours are layered one upon another. Meaning is generated differently and/or the meaning is different.
In reading this remark about photographic work and later noticing other potential applications maybe I am layering one experience upon another and constructing meanings of my own.
I like the self portrait through the mirrors at 5.26 and the Rose Wylie paintings at 11.57 (he comments: “76 years old … and she’s been painting for ever”).
I made this painting with a particular person in mind…
…I don’t know why I did, because most likely, when she sees it, she will hate it!
I noticed a month or two ago that a new gallery opened in Nottingham.
The City Gallery is off Long Row East (that’s where the paving tiles are that I am interested in and have blogged about before).
It’s a “community gallery” which, sorry to say, to me means that not everything in there will be good. Well, there’s one of mine in there at the moment!
I didn’t get to the opening of the Painters’ Open, and as the gallery opening hours are 11 till 4 I find it difficult to visit. I took this snap through the window when the Open was closed. I also tried to get one of my friend Geoff Jones‘s painting but I couldn’t reach it through the glare and the shutter door.
We both managed to get to a poetry reading one evening and we were impressed. Apparently it was the Crystal Clear Poetry Launch Party and the readings were from: Roy Marshall, Aly Stoneman, Charles G Lauder Jr, Andrew MulletProof Graves, Mark Goodwin, Deborah Tyler-Bennett, and Wayne Burrows.
I noticed after I posted on this blog yesterday that I had mis-remembered the title of Jane Raymond’s gallery talk taking place at the Mali Morris exhibition at Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno later today as What Happens to the brain when it looks at paintings?, as if all the activity is with the painting, or the artist or the “world out there” and that the eye/brain’s activity resembles a passive receiver, stuff happening to it. Raymond’s title is better: From Seeing to Feeling, what does the human brain do when it looks at paintings? Now the viewer is more of an active agent, and I think that is more appropriate.
(Jane Raymond PhD is Professor of Visual Cognition Psychology, Bangor University and University of Birmingham.)
“What happens to the brain when it looks at paintings?” is the question being asked at tomorrow’s talk by Jane Raymond PhD at Mostyn Gallery Llandudno. We will get chance to think about what the brain does whilst viewing those wonderful Mali Morris paintings, that is we will be thinking about what the brain does when it looks at (Mali Morris) paintings and we will also be looking at Mali Morris paintings in order to think about what the brain does when it looks at (Mali Morris) paintings. I think I should stop thinking now and just feel!
Oh! it’s at 2pm if you’re coming.
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