And then we pulled the words and stuff…

Arnolfini, Art, Events, Exhibition, Launch

So, it’s getting on great. Going to have lot’s of lovely stuff for you to enjoy and such for the weekend it’s on… 2nd July – 5th July. Proper nice.

This Exhibition what Young Arnolfini, and also IKON Youth Programme and also Black Kettle Collective is putting on is about Communication

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 Why do a communication exhibition when Emma Smith just did one?

Because it’s such a broad topic, stupid question by the way… But that’s no way to speak to an honourable guest like yourself. I do apologise

 “This now is the time for making.”

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 A day of events on Saturday the 4th July you say? In a month you say? My word, how exciting.

This space will be transformed into a hove of ideas all connected to the ways we, as humans, communicate as humans, communicating, humanly, with each other. A place of learning space. A…


  Also… don’t miss… tomorrow at Arnolfini, (Friday 5th – 7th June, irrelevant if these dates have passed)…

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…and this wonderful piece of graffiti that somebody managed to get into the building and perform… (not an endorsement of illegal activity, speak to our lawyers)20150520_180125045_iOS
Thanks, bye.

Someone Get Me Damien Hurst…

Art, Artist, Arts, Other, Reflection, Uncategorized

I am confused. I thought I hated Damien Hirst. I do, I do hate him. I have this inbuilt system of loathing designed just for the two words that make up his name and I don’t know why. I think it’s other people. Their dislike of him, which makes me hate him. If they don’t like him they take that further, they don’t like contemporary art, because of him. I can’t explain this. They are entitled to an opinion. Do I hate Damien Hirst or the perpetual Damien Hirst-ite idea that is still poisoning Britain’s interest in art? Today Hirst sometimes works with children to aid them in artistic senses, he has this childishness that people won’t dare appreciate, because they hate him. He did some stupid and senseless things to art, he hurt art, and now he is trying to make it better, right? Give it a kiss. Out of the good of his own heart. Fair enough. But the old him still exists, laughing away in the form of a skull made of money, made to make money, that made money and made many without much money pretty mad. They don’t forget, those who don’t know and that’s a lot of folks. I think we should forget him, forget everything he stood for, if he’s ready to be forgotten. I think if we did that then we would have a place to start. Will he be forgotten? No. Will people refuse to forget him? Yes. In today’s economic climate people are more ready to hate the gangster artist than before, it an us and them, polarized issue. This is what confuses me.

Saatchi tells me to be afraid, because if he doesn’t like me then what am I worth. I am an ego at the moment. And if I am not fed I will not become credible. Saatchi takes me for lunch and asks me to pick up the bill. Saatchi takes me home to see his wife but he doesn’t know which one she is.
Damien Hirst is here, I try to form my anger into a rational statement, but he’s helping a child do a painting, and he doesn’t even look cynical.

 

 

Saatchi’s pissing up my trousers.
I should go home.

Synecdoche Collective

Exhibition, Uncategorized

Synecdoche Collective

This July, Synecdoche an artist collective based in Bristol, are presenting their debut exhibition at The Embassy Tea Gallery in Southwark, London. Fifty emerging artists will share their most recent works, pushing the capabilities of paint, print, ceramics, sculpture and more. The large exhibition will showcase the collective’s curious and distinctive approach to art making. The work displayed aims to blur the boundaries between fine art and craft whilst demonstrating the artists keen eye for materiality. The show runs from the 8th-13th of July with the private view from 5pm – 9.30 pm on Wednesday the 9th of July.

Analog vs Digital?

Photography

The debate between analog vs digital photography seems to be cropping up more and more lately. With big film manufactures such as Kodak going through serious financial strain, it isn’t looking promising for analog photography… Or is it?

Over the past couple of years I have attended hundreds of photography exhibitions; from big contemporary photographers such as Andreas Gurksy to local DIY pop-up photographic events and its probably safe to say more than 75%-80% of the work being displayed, all shot on traditional photographic film.

So it does make me question, is digital really taking over? I agree that digital photography has its purpose and is now dominating in certain areas, for example Photojournalism and Commercial advertising are two areas that benefit from this medium solely on its quick production turn around time but is that what photography is really about, to sell something?

Maybe I’m just being stubborn but my passion for photography has no link to digital production what so ever. My love for photography came from the agonising wait of collecting my first roll of film from the lab when I was barely tall enough to see over the counter. The late nights stood in a darkroom under an dim red glow. The smell of developing chemicals that linger for days no matter how much you wash your hands.

I cannot predict the future of “Photography” whether its digital or analog but one thing is for sure that when film finally does get consigned to the history books, I shall go with it kicking and screaming.

Ross Williams