I have been looking at the lovely and relentlessly-reminding-me scroll of things I said I wanted to do to develop - and am keen to record one of the steps taken. I found another place to tell a tale, to perform. Work! amazingly, and even through a meeting request had to be sent and a meeting room booked, it worked. I told a variation of the Sunday Afternoon Drive tale I shared at the Gathering. to a tiny group of three women. AND I have made another appt to tell another next month. actually, this one is more than a step, it's a surge!
How does any one else go?
Tonight I read a piece from the Guardian called this. "Art criticism is not a democracy" - hmmm.
"You might think it's arrogance or snobbery that leads me to criticise a work of art, and maybe it is – but I'm still right," says Jonathan Jones.
His thoughts are interesting, as are some of the comments. Are critics born not made as he suggests? Is being brutal the right way to review new art?
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Folded and enveloped in the delightful salon space of ReDunn Fashion - currently open for business at 162 Riddiford St, Newtown, as part of a community art project. Also selling artworks by Kazz Funky Blue.
Magdalena Aotearoa newslettering is always a special performance - no two times the same. The creative atmosphere and the glorious clothing to drape oneself in added much to the form and dynamic of this piece. So did the mirrors... and the biscuits.
This morning the weather was wild and the sky so wild wet and grey I felt I was inside of a cloud, like being in a whiteout on a mountain, but not as white. I thought again about our milk experiencing from the Gathering 09.
This afternoon, I read about a book called Milk and Melancholy by Kenneth Hayes. It's not in wgtn city library but maybe I will ask them to get it. It looks at milk through the art of photography. Starting with 'Edgerton's famous photograph' which turns out to be the one of a time-stopped splash on milk looking like a little crown on a white pond.
Jack Trolove offered us the opportunity to explore working with some everyday materials to create visual starting points for thinking around an idea. We 'played' with salt, milk and light. White things. Common things. Things linked to sayings: take it with a grain of salt; milk of human kindness; shed some light on the subject... things linked to everyday actions and reactions.
What is whiteness?
If you look closely at the second image you will see there are two people - one in the mirror.
Challen Wilson and Helen Varley Jamieson discussed their approaches to remote collaboration in making work.
Challen had earlier presented: Winter Overture: extracted - the spirit of the piece... excerpts from a collaboratively written script which she is working on with Cathy Rexford, an Inupiaq woman from the north of Alaska (Kaktovik). She talked about the complexity of working across geographical and cultural distances and how together they were working on and through that.