For me it was seeing pieces which were similar to the ones I have taken on my edgelands project.
Hearing the artist talk about his work, his references & his inspiration = how the work evolved.
Seeing the different materials he used in producing & experimenting with his pieces.
Hearing the views of the others who were there.
Seeing his Blurb book on the photos he took which inspired his art work, and the creative writing which accompanied each photo – with the cough as a leitmotif throughout the writing.
Drawing inspiration from the different materials he used in what looked like his experimental pieces for what I could use to explore the edgeland space, textures and intersections in the spaces he painted.
Hearing a veiled criticism of the work as being too pretty.
Art exhibition talk on his Level 3 art work by artist Andrew Rowe: In Parallel
I travelled up from Devon for the talk.
When: Wednesday, 16th March, 2016
Curator: Andrew Howe
Location, Setting, Atmosphere:
In an art studio space in a shopping centre in the centre of Shrewsbury.
Because there was other art visible, it did not feel as cavernous as it could have done.
Given the context, the atmosphere was relevant.
What I took away with me (about the work, about me)
About the work: To be bold in experimenting with different materials.
The use of different colours to experiment with mood and atmosphere.
There was no idea about what the artist thought about the spaces he depicted – was he for or against the creeping urbanisation of the landscape?
About me: To widen my view of my edgelands to include different textures and intersections in the spaces.
To decide what I think of it & how I want to represent it using light, colour and textures.
Do I see a socio-political expression in my work? Do I want it to be there? Is it more documentary than landscape?
· Public space
· Art context
· Good to have a n interested, knowledgeable audience
* that the artist could have talked about his individual pieces.
Example of work
Read Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust: A history of walking.
Research Yi-Fu Tuan 1977 & “Love of the local by Lucy Lippard.
Collage of Julie Mehretu & Mark Bradford.
Stephen Willats multimedia approach covering presence, identity, behaviour, components and fabric of a place.
Next steps: Expand my coverage to include sea / land.