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Posted by Kate at 14:12
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
I had a really interesting conversation last week about ‘themed’ shows. I tend to avoid them as I usually can’t make my work ‘fit’ or at least I don’t think I can. My work is very slow to change – partly because it is so time consuming and partly because I have limited time to spend on it (paying the bills and all that) and so I wouldn't, for example, make new work in response to an opportunity. This is not a criticism of those that do – just not something that fits with the way I work. (I think it also ties in with feeling I would have to justify how my work fits in - which is a whole other dialogue).
The gallery owner I was talking to said she set themes to engage with the audience/ customer not necessarily the artist – that she preferred a really broad interpretation by artists as this widened the engagement. I have been thinking a lot about this. It makes sense that a wide interpretation of a theme gives the ‘theme setter’ a much broader field to engage, discuss, explore with the audience – and also gives the ‘consumer’ access to a wide range of work which they may not normally encounter. I still can’t see myself making work to fit a theme but I think I will be giving a lot more thought to its potential.
Posted by Kate at 18:22
Saturday, 14 March 2015
So is originality under-rated in the art world? I know many will say there is nothing new – but I don’t think that is true. Whilst many ideas and formats are revisited – the end result must surely add a new or unique dimension – otherwise it is just a copy? As artists we should surely strive to bring something new to the arena however small? Many artists reference other artist's work - the National Galleries Residency for example encourages responses to works in their collection. Should we expect some sort of space between when the original work was produced and when the new work is made? Or at the other extreme - is it as case of anything goes and copyright/ intellectual property rights are redundant and pointless?
Derby is currently in the throes of FORMAT festival and one of the pieces of work shown has bought this issue to the forefront for me. Joanna Geldard - an artist whose work I have a lot of respect for - produced a fantastic piece of work shown in 2014. An internally lit greenhouse with etched panels:
Posted by Kate at 10:55