Thursday, 12 September 2013

5 New Brooms, Queen's Wood 7-8th September 2013

Part of this year's ReKindle Get Culture! show, my piece was actually about getting less culture, or to be more precise, about my own apparent inability to declutter my own life of all the surplus cultural artifacts I have lying around. Books, CDs, DVDs, videos, cassette tapes – some of this stuff is so old it's gaining retro appeal. In terms of what I've made this year, I wanted to create something that 'floated' above the ground and had a sense of weightlessness. I also wanted it to catch the sunlight and for the whole structure to move gently in the breeze and luckily I seem to have succeeded. Thanks to everyone who gave me their comments – whatever they were, (especially the local lady who said: "We want you to leave this up!"). Thanks to all the artists who took part in the show, and of course Tony and Judith for organising it – together you made another ReKindle show worthwhile and fun to be part of.

Monday, 9 September 2013

That's your lot 13, Ally Pally, May Bank Holiday

A late post about this ReKindle event, but a show I really enjoyed for the 'flashmob' style performance piece 'Chalk it out', where we all took turns chalking around each other lying flat on the ground when the whistle blew. As for my own work, 'Love arts' was quite popular, indeed you could say it was a runaway success, as in someone ran away with them while I was getting a coffee. I guess I should be flattered. I then spent the next two days recreating them 'live' in the park and met a lot of nice people along the way. Why Love arts? Well with arts being bumped down the national curriculum and with arts generally being cut here there and everywhere, it's easy to get negative, so time to flip the script. Love arts was an attempt to make people just feel good and appreciate art.