27 June 2012 § 2 Comments
The extremely observant amongst you will have noticed that my last blog referred to our new gallery – High House. This is located in the leafy village of Clanfield in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds– which I would note lies in the UK for our followers in strange and distant lands.
The exhibition will comprise The Momentarily Absurd – a look at humour in contemporary art – in the gallery space, whilst outdoors in the gardens will be Dividing Line – gallery sculpture ‘crossing the line’ to be shown outdoors.
The gallery opens is hosting a champagne Private View weekend on the 14/15 July. I will send an email invitation to those email followers who are able – and willing – to come along. To other, please click on one of the links to the gallery website, where you will be able to register with your email address. All those registering before the PV weekend will be sent an invitation.
I hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there!
I will attempt to make a few blogs and feature some of the exciting artists that we’ll be showing – keep your eyes peeled!
20 September 2010 § Leave a comment
Alison Jackson is one of the best video artists/photographers around at addressing the cult of celebrity. I have featured a few of her photographic works before but here is a video that I just could not resist posting – especially as it only has had a modest few hundred views on YouTube over the last month.
Although her work teeters on the borderline between fine art and entertainment – possibly because she is almost too good at what she does – I thoroughly approve of any artist who can provoke The Sun to explode in to a double page rant on the moral poverty of the art establishment (see article here)! The photographic work in particular is beautifully done and is capable of making as much relevant comment on the world around us as the very best in contemporary art. She says “Likeness becomes real and fantasy touches on the believable. The viewer is suspended in disbelief. I try to highlight the psychological relationship between what we see and what we imagine. This is bound up in our need to look – our voyeurism – and our need to believe.”
Jackson graduated in Fine Art Photography at the Royal College of Art and has recently featured in Tate Britain‘s Rude Britannia exhibition. She has done the Double Take series for the BBC and also has published photo books like Confidential and Private.
3 September 2010 § 7 Comments
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The recent widely reported ‘Best Joke’ of the Edinburgh Festival 2010 prompted me to compile a list of the best art jokes. Artists have always mined a rich vein of humour and used it in a multiplicity of ways.
There is even a very serious book on the subject – The Artists Joke which looks comprehensively at the subject via such artists as Maurizio Cattelan, Marcel Duchamp, Fischli & Weiss, Hannah Höch, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Barbara Kruger, Sarah Lucas, Paul McCarthy, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenberg, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso and Ed Ruscha. However, I will avoid any further academic discussion on humour in art – let us get to the jokes! Counting down accompanied by a few more obvious arty visual jokes at the same time:
5. There was an artist who worked from a studio in his home. His model showed up at the usual time and, after exchanging the usual small talk, began to disrobe for the day’s work. The artist told her not to bother, since he had a bad cold. He added that he would pay her for the day anyway, but that she could just go home; he just wanted some hot tea with lemon and honey.
The model said, “Oh, please, let me fix it for you. It’s the least I can do.” He agreed, and told her to fix herself a cup as well. They were sitting in the living room chatting and enjoying their tea, when he heard the front door open and close, and then some familiar footsteps. “Oh my!” he whispered loudly, “It’s my wife! Quick! Take all your clothes off!”
4. A wealthy man commissioned Pablo Picasso to paint a portrait of his wife. Startled by the non-representational image on the final canvas, the woman’s husband complained, “It isn’t how she really looks.” When asked by the painter how she really looked, the man produced a photograph from his wallet. Returning the photography Pablo observed, “Small, isn’t she?”
3. A guy passes and artist standing next to a small hole in the wall yelling, “FIVE FIVE FIVE FIVE”.
Interested the guy bends down and looks in the hole. Instantly the man is poked in the eye with the sharp end of a paint brush and runs off in pain. The artist stops yelling “FIVE FIVE FIVE” and starts yelling “SIX SIX SIX SIX”.
2. Recently a guy in Paris nearly got away with stealing from the Louvre. However, after escaping with the goods, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of fuel. When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied: “I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh.”
1. Vincent van Gough walks into a bar, and the bartender offers him a drink…
No thank you, said Vincent, I’ve got one ‘ere.
… And those ‘best’ Edinburgh jokes (or should we say one-liners)? Here are the top four:
1) Tim Vine – “I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.”
2) David Gibson – “I’m currently dating a couple of anorexics. Two birds, one stone.”
3) Emo Philips – “I picked up a hitchhiker. You’ve got to when you hit them.”
4) Jack Whitehall – “I bought one of those anti-bullying wristbands when they first came out. I say ‘bought’, I actually stole it off a short, fat ginger kid.”
The last word however has to go to Picasso, as sharp as any stand-up confronting a heckler: During World War II an inquisitive German officer was harassing him in his Parisian apartment. Noticing a photograph of Guernica lying on a table he asked the artist “did you do that?” “No, you did,” responded Picasso.
- It’s the way he tells them… Vine’s joke is Edinburgh’s best (independent.co.uk)