Projects!

I did not know it when I caught the bug in August last year, but projects is something artists do. Paintings do not exist in a vacuum, they belong to a body of work consciously or unconsciously. Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Monet’s ponds…

Discussion about projects follow, links to David Lynch mp3.

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Update, Matthew Collings – artist, critic, presenter, links to interview, more about art talk.

Hi there, glad you found my site, or have returned, a rambling post coming up…

I update older posts from time to time, Just added more info about one of my podcasts.

I listened to a Kim Hill interview with Matthew Collings I strongly recommend it, you can download it from the link. Kim gets a good conversation going. Main theme: is great art possible today?, especially in painting. Or is it at best a clever satirical footnote. He seem to think it is the latter. He respects highly another critic: Clement Greenberg who was originally quite radical and anti-capitalist, then, according to Collings saw the problems with society as “deeper”.

Now that is an interesting idea. If it is not capitalism but deeper, and I think it is, how can we hold that and not dissolve into despair, even clever despair is not much use. Perhaps despair is a layer to go beyond & not around. Going around it is usually just boring, sentimental, pollyanna, feel good. Hope is not what is required either.

I am motivated to read those essays by Greenberg (see link above). While on the topic of criticism and art talk, Robert Hughes comes up and he has some interesting comment about the differences he has with Hughes.

Interview with Collings, 3.am

Salon interview with Collings.

An anti Collings comment – makes sense too.

Mathew Collings & wife Emma Biggs Collaborative art.

Article on Hughes, Guardian

A Collings/Biggs art work follows

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Concept Art – Duchamp – Podcast

Podcast inspired by listening to one on chess, which suddenly had a bit about Marcel Duchamp, which I am quoting * in this one.

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I am on the road & posting this Рand the previous dream images which I did at various times during th day Рfrom when I woke up and caught them. from a great caf̩ in Fairlie Рgood broadband! Who would have thought.

* The bit I quote is from here.

CBC

December 28th: “The Immortal Game: A History of Chess”
This interview with David Shenk, author of “The Immortal Game: A History of Chess” deserves a second listen, so it’s our Editor’s Choice for today. He spoke to the guest host of The Current, Derek Stoffel.

Llew Summers & his collection at Ashburton Art Gallery – Zeitgeist

I will be going past Ashburton on my way to Mt. Cook so I’ll call in, Wednesday or Thursday this week. Will report back (in this post).

I listened to a radio interview with Llew Summers.

Listen to the Radio interview here – MP3.

He does amazing sculptures that are all over Christchurch. Here is a quote from his website – which is inspiring because it brings in the criteria for working with the human body.

“What’s important to me is to get a balance between the physical and the spiritual in life. We’re given a soul and we’re given a body. Sculpture provides a nice balance because works can be made which are deep and meaningful, but they require your physical body to produce them. Rather than just being clever or smart the work must have soul.”

Details about the exhibition follow – and my impressions will be added about the show & the artists.

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Patrick Heron – 1920-1999

Watched a video about British abstract painter Patrick Heron

95 of his pictures can be clicked through in the Tate Online.

Made a Podcast after watching the video.

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Later: The podcast is not so much about Heron so much as about me. Not even that, it is on the theme of the value of talent / training / education / miseducation. I relate this to my psychotherapy process and I think I have an element of envy of the privilege Heron had in being recognised so early in his family.

Some of his pictures follow:

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Conversations with Edward

I spent a pleasant day with Edward Coughlan and we did some art, walked, drank coffee & talked a lot.

Art: “Just as You are” – the words of Zuiken my digital version is in the next post, Edward’s lino cut print is also in the next post.

Here is the Podcast: The topics covered include ideas about art, and how thinking about it impacts on our work.

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What follows is a mindmap of the podcast & some of Edward’s pictures we talked about.

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Isn’t it fun being alive!

George

Met with George for lunch. He was enthusiastic and we buzzed together.
He and Beryl are painting, taking it up, something new. I’m looking forward to doing some painting together, what a great idea. (Mine will be digital of course – for now anyway.)

One thing George said that is with me: “Simplicity is an advanced course”.

That is my challenge – to keep it only as complex as it needs to be.

This ties in with the idea of distillation, getting to the essence. ( download & listen to hour long Alchemy mp3)

Central to psychotherapy too, seeing the main pattern in the many stories.

Means circling around and repeating, until there is, what Khan would call a “realisation“.

It was a fun lunch!