what they say about the fair.
Art14 London is the second edition of London’s global art fair sponsored by Citi Private Bank.
The inaugural edition of the fair in 2013, attracted 25,000 visitors, including 4,500 VIPs. It was a success with critics, galleries, collectors and art fans alike, with Wallpaper praising the fair’s ‘impressive scope‘, while the Financial Times reported on Art13 London’s ‘refreshingly different‘ approach.
Olympia Grand Hall will once again host Art14 London between Friday 28 February and Sunday 2 March 2014, with the Private View and First Night taking place on Thursday 27 February. Art14 London is set to build on the strong foundations laid down by the 2013 fair, and will provide a platform for some of the world’s best modern and contemporary art.
Please contact Coates and Scarry for catalogues and pricing details.
I know lots of you are already heading down to the fair and I really look forward to seeing you. I will be around for a couple of the days so if you would like to meet up drop me a comment here or on twitter @DeanMelbournex. Or just come to booth K2. I hear its near the champagne bar so whats not to like!
I will be mostly celeb spotting like the small town boy I am !
A place of ritual. A place to gather, to pass on stories, songs, rites, dance. A place of judgement, divine or otherwise.
It still feel a little surreal to be able to share that I have been lucky enough to have been awarded a grant from Arts Council England. My project “Full Circle” will see me produce a new body of work to make the most of the showcasing opportunity that ART14 presents and share this process and with the the community and students from the college that I attended and started my artistic journey . Stourbridge College (now BMET Black Country) was my home as a student and then for 8 years as a lecturer and I am really happy to be going back to share my progress with students.
I will be having groups of students to visit the studio to see work in progress and going into College to talk about professional practise as part of their tutorial programme. I will be opening my studio up officially and showing work in the area to allow the local community to engage.
If anyone would like to visit the studio to see work in progress or hear more about the project just drop me an email at email@example.com.
At the risk of making an acceptance speech, I have lots of people to say thank you to for helping me put the project together, writing a proposal and making this period of work possible and generally offering support , advise , encouragement. Chiefly Helga Henry at my “other” job Creative Shift. Her support, guidance and understanding have not only made it possible to take two months out of work but her understanding of funding and project management were key in my being awarded funding! I would like to mention Noel Dunne from Creative Alliance who cast an expert eye over my application and gave me valuable feedback.
Coates and Scarry for having faith in my work and giving me the opportunity to continue to try and make better work and get the chance to show it!
Then there are the people who keep me sane, make me feel loved and on a daily basis make it possible to keep going.There are a lot of you to mention but I hope you know who you are!
I suppose it would be rude not to say thank you to the Arts Council for giving me this huge opportunity to build my practise and improve all aspects of my practise.
Rapidly taken notes from Erich Fromm’s To Have or to Be.
Two main premises of modern western society
1) That the aim of life is happiness, that is, maximum pleasure, defined as the satisfaction of any desire or subjective need person may feel.
2) That egotism, selfishness and greed, as the system needs to generate them in order to function leads to harmony and peace.
Bringing together images of people taking pleasure in the darkness, indulging in animalistic behaviour with pagan overtones. Introducing the most basic symbols to compositional design. Opposing forces ( twelve wolves), Earth, Godhead.
A month of making unresolved experimental pieces has started to allow more clarity as my thoughts focus and a deadline approaches. A net that was cast wide for ingredients has narrowed and yet again i see the effects of time and a relationship with images as photographs taken, and looked at, for over 5 years finally answer a question that I had not even conceived of when they were taken.
Working with my mentor has challenged me to take a good hard look at my practise, my progress and my critical thinking. He has challenged me to re engage with critical thinking and challenged me to find an ” internal critical model” . A simple notion that sits as an over arching framework that all of my work fits into. Not a statement as such but something that ties all of the threads of what I do together.
I have always tried to work this way, from the inside out that its, rather than choosing issues or concepts to male work about. It feels the right way round for me. This way of working has its pitfalls though. Self indulgence, sentimentality, cliche are all potential problem areas I have strayed into. I now see that recognition and awareness is all that is required.
My research and exploration of areas of interest have lead me to come closer to understanding what it is that drives the work and forms my decision making framework. This has allowed me to form a more precise diagnosis of areas of dissatisfaction in previous work. In concept, process and realisation. Below is an attempt at setting out a guiding principle for the first time outside of a notebook. I imagine there will be many iterations.
I use drawing,painting and printmaking to observe, record and reveal my psychology. To make myself the subject of research. To once remove myself from the effects of my drives, motivations and idiosyncrasies. Although I will still use the effects as visual code my wider over arching concern is the slowly emerging causality. In simple terms, I will make paintings of nature at night, but underlying this effect should be an exploration of internal conflict, repetitions, parallel thoughts, fetishes, primal drives and social or cultural conditionings.
By noticing the way i respond to both internal cycles of thinking and external influences and using the code of art making to reveal my understandings to the world I hope to uncover and comment on not only the stimuli but on the more deeply rooted motivations.
In likely hood my work i hope will only slowly reveal these changes as I understand that slow evolution is better than any forced revolution.
My first two new bodies of work will explore my interest in our more primal urges and the ways in which we blur the line from human to animal. These new pieces will reference the british landscape tradition of symbolically employing nature to reveal something of our condition. The other will explore similar idea but from a contemporary angle. Revealing how when faced with new technology humans are inevitably driven to use it to meet their primal urges.
The blog for the next couple of months will be a place to posit thoughts and progress in my thinking as i begin to create new work with this framework starting to take shape.