Our Fine Art Degree Show took place at the Regent Street Studios during June 2017. Here are some photographs of my installation ‘Buy one, Get one free’, which is about our mindless consumption of material goods and information. The housewife, from 1950s advertising, is a proxy for neoliberal capitalism and the multinationals’ global economy. The boxes are home to those for whom the system has no use. The viewing portal offers a glimpse of the past and present, and of the future if we don’t fight back.
Photographs of all the graduating student contributions to the 2017 Fine Art Show are shown in my other blog Instant Steve .
The Plymouth College of Art Fine Art Degree Show takes place at the Regent Street Studios from June 10 to 22. It is open on weekdays 10 to 4 and on Saturdays 10.30 to 2.30. Hope you will come along to see the work.
From the 21st to 27th April I had a short solo retrospective ‘Five Years’ at the Devonport Live studio space in Plymouth. It showed a selection of my work from the past five years, linked to the music of David Bowie. The exhibition was extended from an original three days to a week and we had some interesting visitors, including a woman who had worked for Bowie at Mainman in the early 1970s.
A full set of photos of the work on display – most of which had been exhibited previously – can be found here. The new accompanying exhibition texts can be viewed here.
From 14 January to 11 February the annual International Postcard Exhibition took place at the Surface Gallery in Nottingham. I submitted five recycled cards for inclusion and took the opportunity to visit Nottingham while I was travelling north of the M25 earlier this month. Here are a few photos:
The submission criteria were quite relaxed and, as far as I am aware, the only prize is by public vote. I didn’t win – but this isn’t entirely surprising, particularly allowing for leisurely shipping by Royal Mail, which resulted in my cards being on display for only the final weeks! There was an interesting and varied selection of work on display, though.
A brief postscript to our Mistaken Identities exhibition: The total number of visitors to TAAG during the week (both galleries) was about 650. Many of these came into Gallery 2 and we had interesting discussions with both artists and ‘normal’ people. This included a relaxed not-so-private PV on the Sunday afternoon where we met and chatted with a number of old friends (contributing to an afternoon footfall of over 70).
The catalogue for the exhibition is now available online here. I’ve also posted photos of the exhibition on my other blog Instant Steve. Thanks to everyone who contributed to our success. I’ll just finish off with photos of my Syria posters in the Exeter Peace Shop (where they can be bought, along with postcards, for a small sum, supporting this good cause).
For earlier posts go here or here.
I had some new postcards produced for our recent show at TAAG in Teignmouth – A couple of my taxidermied rat, another of my Gilbert and George pastiche, and two more showing details from my Middle East war protest posters/zine pages.
(NB: Images are low res & not colour-corrected)
During the exhibition I sold (or donated to friends with their wallets out) posters and cards with a value of £30. This amount will go towards our Year 3 Fine Art end-of-year show.
My posters and some postcards can currently be seen in the Exeter Peace Shop. Why not pop in and buy something? Funds raised support a worthy cause: CND and anti-war campaigning.
A full report on the TAAG exhibition will follow shortly.
From November 5th to 11th we’re returning to TAAG gallery II in Teignmouth showing an eclectic mix of collage, sculpture, printmaking, found objects, taxidermy and even some painting. Exeter College FdA graduates Steve Brown, Ruth Carpenter, Clare Heaton, and Karen Tarr are joined by Whitney-Anne Baker of strangeartworld.com and, for the first time, by Angela Hilton from Plymouth College of Art.
The title of the show, Mistaken Identities, reflects the reality that we all have multiple roles, jobs and identities in our everyday lives. As artists, these may be mirrored in our work, but the work only reflects parts of our who we really are.
Our previous exhibitions at TAAG were Summer Break (2014), and Art and Politics (2015). This exhibition is open every day from 10am to 5pm. Hope to see you there.
The catalogue for the exhibition is now available online here. I’ve also posted photos of the exhibition on my other blog Instant Steve.