Over the last couple of weeks it has been good to view a wide range of work at a number of galleries:
25 January: Ftizwilliam, Cambridge
I especially impressed by the Italian sacred works from the mid 13 to the early 14 hundreds in particular such iconograhical works as Ceccarelli's The Crucifixion - there was something moving about the combination of the antiquity and the deep spiritual usage over the centuries.
I also enjoyed the Edmund de Waal interventions
28 January: Impressions, Bradford - Paul Reas: "Dreaming About The Good Times?"
Whilst I had hoped for a little more from this retrospective, there were a number of particulalrly strong images; most notably in the thoguhtful use of colour - often red.
For me, my main dissappointment was absence of uniqueness. Indeed, many of the images reminded me of the work of Martin Parr or Bruce Gilden.
28 January: National Media Museum, Bradford - Chris Harrison: "Copper Horses"
This was a stunning show exporing both his personal family [especially in relation to his father] as well as the wider issue of the decline of skilled manual industry. The images were carefully composed and thoughfully hung. It was good to linger and reflect. There was something about this body of work that was special and unique.
The contrast between my reaction to these two shows has prompted a degree of self relfection - I have concluded that it has stregnthed my desire to make work that is personally meanigful and that can show a different way of viewing. This confirms my practice of my work being about something and meaning something - and that that something has significance.