Fiona Scott-Wilson creates images, often of birds or wildlife in nature creating a new kind of art combining Japanese paper cuts of the exquisite British flora and fauna following an Eastern tradition of presentation.
Her works take on a sort of reality of their own, existing in a mythical flat spaced kingdom frozen in time. Her subjects include the many and varied species of British bird. Her images sometimes rework one of her remarkable ink illustrations.
It is the village artist from the perspective of the worldly traveller. Indeed her work encompasses, in multiple media, village life during her five year soujourn in the mountain villages of Italy in Gouache, large acrylic canvases of birds also in the oriental style. The cut paper works are an original hybrid of traditional techniques and the modern. They are also stunning artefacts.
The Duchamp/Cage aspects of the exhibit were excellently curated, and the works were brilliant. Highlights were the sculptures and Duchamp’s paintings.
The dancers themselves were extremely good and although their inclusion was effective, some aspects of the technical production were out of step with the choreography. For Cunningham lighting is part of the performance. The lights appeared to be dimming on a timer instead of being controlled in a style that befit the performance. The dimming out in the middle of a solo performance seemed misjudged. The player grand pianos were a great touch although it seemed only one was playing.
Also the sounds related to the art sometimes seemed to clash one side of the room competing with the other. I found it jarring at times, rather loud and could not really feel the value in some of the voiced parts.
A short film based on the gruelling experience of Webster’s own Grandmother who was the recipient of ECT treatment in an asylum in the 1950s in New Zealand.
Director, Christine Webster
Cinematographer, Tim Sidell
Editor, Kath Lee
Composer, Rael Jones
Blindfield which began as an installation work in 2007 and was edited as an 11 minute short film in 2009. Selected for Athens Video Art Festival and Split 14th International Film Festival in 2009 with special mention for creativity.
An exhibition at the Royal British Society of Sculpture opened on May 19th. Curated by Leila Galloway and Andy Price the exhibition The Thought of Stuff opened with a range of works photographed below.
“The Thought of Stuff is an exhibition at the Royal British Society of Sculptors that combines work by Alison Wilding, Esmeralda Valencia, Jack Strange, Wayne Lucas, Adam Gillam and Jonthan Callan, with a performed talk by Elizabeth Rosser at the Shipwright’s Palace in Deptford. These seven diverse practices share a commitment to something that might be identified with sculpture – an initmate confrontation with materiality in generating new becomings.”
See also their new site: http://mittencrab.org – bookmark it for more about British Sculpture – emerging soon
Took some photographs of an extraordinary exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. These works of art are mostly from India and reveal paths of thought that may not occur to the minds that make art in London. Who knows, really?
Several of the sculptures had a very profound effect on me. The most original ones were the tar covered man and breathing matresses, the pile of old decrepid chairs (The Dance of Democracy) and a room half filled with robot people, steam punk style. A suitcase contained a folded up camel, and a giant boy who ruled the back room – both disturbing.