Here are a few thoughts about the exhibitions I have seen over the last month or so:
"This me of mine" Opening at Ipswich Art School
I was impressed by the breadth of work, by 25 artists, dealing with expressing one's point of view of the world, of using ones voice. For me, I found this to be an affirmation of my own work as I endeavour to practice "art as prophetic voice".
"Khora" [work 5 artists currently working on their Fine Art MA at NUA], Opening at Stew, Norwich
I found the wall text engaging:
Khora is a philosophical term described originally by Plato as a receptacle, a space or an interval. Jacques Derrida followed, by using the word Khora to describe a “radical otherness” that “gives place” for being.
Using these terms and ideas as a starting point, five artists have responded to the notion of Khora and the idea of “place” in its many different forms. ...
It was though evident of how much the viewers perspective is influenced by even just a few lines of wall text; it provides an apparent context and a lens through which to view the diverse works of the 5 artists.
"Gib’s Mir", an exhibition of works by Nicholas Byrne and Gili Tal.Opening at Outpost, Norwich
Although I was intrigued by the paintings on perspex and the irregular use of suction cups as the apparent means of hanging, I was more interested in the open portfolios of work on the floor and considering whether the works had been always been intended to be shown in that unique way - so that underneath an overlapping piece of work there may - or maynot be more of the drawing.
"Houghton Revisited" and Houghton Sculpture Park at Houghton Hall
It was wonderful to see the collection in the house designed for it. I especially enjoyed Bartolome Esteban Murillo, The Crucifixion, c.1680
Pieter Paul Rubens, Friar's Head, 1615-17
However, it was in the sculpture park that I was really moved especially by these works:
Richard Long, Full Moon Circle, 2004
Zhan Wang, Artificial Stone 85, 2009
James Turrell, Skyspace
This was the real highlight of the whole day, the site specific construction, the walk up the gently sloping wooden pathway, to finally entering the gallery space through double spring closed, where suddenly and surprisingly confronted with a wonderful framed vista of the sky, seen through an ope aperture that framed it in such a way as to encourage contemplation. It was an uplifting, mood changing, almost spiritual experience. Interestingly, I have now [today] discovered that the artist is a Quaker so this space for spiritual contemplation is absolutely intentional.