Monday, September 25, 2017

Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britian

Untitled -Book Corridors 
I'm not sure when I first encountered the work of Rachel Whiteread but it was notable (to me) in that it was something decidedly different.

[I saw and noticed a small work by Rachel at the Saatchi a couple of years back]

Tate Britain is hosting (quite a) bit of a retrospective and the nature of the work means that it's quite a different exhibition.

Rachel's work is (like many I guess) about observation and place - the way she abstracts solidity and creates work that resonates sets her apart - I was particulalrly drawn to the Room 101 (called Untitled Room 101) from George Orwell's book in turn derived from a room in the BBC Broadcasting House

I also liked the work that seems to capture the essence of a Library - Untitled -Book Corridors.

Like me Rachel notices doors
A seat that fits the table
Chicken Shed -A work that's outside - where it should be 
Another work about seats -Untitled 100 spaces

Rachel Whiteread's Untitled-  (Room 101) from the room in Broadcasting House.

There was a fascination for me too with the doors and chairs that fitted really neatly under tables - It's surprising that more don't do that.

Great that there was a work outside the Tate Britain too (and one in the Duveen space there as well).

Sunday, September 24, 2017

British Library and Business

Paolozzi at British Library 

Earlier in the week back at the British Library for the second of their  Business Start-Up Day's (I was there at the first too)  - seems amazing that a year has passed since I attended the first one.

Something like 20 sessions (all free) to choose from I went to ones about the Social media Start up area as it's what's of interest.

Favourite of the three sessions I attended was Sam Lane's 'Tips for taking Photographs with Smartphones' good speaker and her points work for pictures generally in terms of pictures for Social networks. (You can download Sam's presentation here).
Sara Rego of UK2 Group (standing)

Taking the Leap Online by Sara Rego was good to as was The Google Digital Garage presentation on 'Building a Social Media Strategy'.

(Here's a resource from Google's Digital Garage).

Reassuringly one of the tips I picked up was - no need to blog everyday!

Getting it wrong

I was surprised to see that British Library has it (somewhat) wrong on the notes around Michelle the Beatles song written largely by Paul McCartney  -Paul was not an Art Student, as the note says - still great to see the song lyrics.

And perhaps it can act as another lesson in questioning what we see?

London's British Library - another example of what we are lucky to have in London

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Looking back on BEAT 2017

Well the BEAT  2017 , Ealing Open Studios was I think largely a positive experience for me - a great opportunity to talk to new people about activities around Photography and other creative endeavours - really appreciated that some of my friends came to see me (Thanks so much to Norman & Sandra, Nick & Susana, John, Nev and Ed).

Planning is worthwhile

I was able to use some of my knowledge from an earlier  CityLit course in terms of planning how I displayed my Photos' which was good.

Ladies who look

Also great that Tim Layden (my co- conspirator from earlier in the year)  had some of his work on show and was able to come down and be part of the 2nd w/e.

It was incredibly kind  of Viv (and Greg) to invite in a few of us 'Waifs and Strays' to share her space.

As well as people I know there were loads of people who were obviously talented in many ways - some top notch photographers and people who just like being part of the whole event.

We have a general meeting of the BEAT participants and a party to look forward to - I'm hoping that we can get more involvement from other parts of the Borough it feels currently like Acton, Greenford and Southall  are under represented and we need edgier stuff as well as  more younger people too.

Nice that some exhibitors became visitors this year too.
Ealing Park Tavern- A varied menu and plenty of time to chat 

I'm genuinely excited when someone wants something I've done and when one guy wanted a card (just £3.00) I almost paid him rather than received it.

A Meal at the Ealing Park Tavern on Sunday evening was a super way of celebrating the whole experience.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Getting set for BEAT 2017 w/e 2

Well the new improved Open Studios in Ealing (BEAT) is starting up again tomorrow and one of the refinements that's been added is the chance for participating exhibitors to open to each other - on Tuesday we were able to welcome a handful of  people which was rather nice.

Also it was rather nice to see John Kaye coverage in Ealing Today supplemented with some mention of the younger participants including yours truly in one of his fetching T-Shirts (a right old Trompe-l'œil).

If you get the chance do visit venue 57 and you'll see Doors, Utilities and more Red images than you can shake a stick at as well as some framed and hung prints (at giveaway prices).

A Couple of my pictures

Banners in the Borough