I have a separate blog for Art Walking here.
Absolutely Everything – the exhibition which I curated at TAAG, Teignmouth – finished on November 3rd. During the week TAAG had almost 700 visitors. About half were attending workshops, but many of them also visited the exhibition. We had plenty of positive responses – some of which are recorded in the comment book (shown in my other blog post here). What follows are some photos of my contribution, which was set in gallery #2 of the TAAG space, following a last minute cancellation.
Our next group exhibition, ‘Absolutely Everything’, is on in Gallery I of TAAG in Teignmouth from 28th October to 3rd November. Contributing artists include: Angela Hilton, Clare Heaton, Cress de la Fosse, David Harbott, Karen Tarr, Karen Scott-Hamilton and Whitney-Anne Baker.
The PV is from 4 to 6 on Sunday 29th October. Hope you will look in to say hello and check out what promises to be an interesting exhibition.
In my more detailed blog, I look back on a ‘Performance Walk’ in Totnes led by Phil Smith that I went on two years ago (link here).
This posting was prompted firstly by a facebook reminder; but also by the fact that last weekend I did another psychogeographic walk in the landscape around Bitton, facilitated by Christina Sanders; followed by some experimental land art in Yarner Wood, led by Amanda Pellatt. Both were entertaining and instructive.
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.
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.
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:
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).
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.
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.