International Postcard Exhibition

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:

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Mistaken Identities – postscript

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).

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For earlier posts go here or here.

Postcards from the edge

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.
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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.

Mistaken Identities

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.

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The catalogue for the exhibition is now available online here. I’ve also posted photos of the exhibition on my other blog.

Nothing Bad Will Happen

This year, PCA Fine Art students put on an exhibition in Regent Street as part of the Plymouth Art Weekender. Although the number of students able to take part was limited and space available for showing was restricted, the show contained a great variety of work. Over two and a half days there were almost 200 visitors including former students, friends, school kids, and representatives from the Exeter Phoenix, Spacex, KARST, and PCA galleries.

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The exhibition was curated and organised by Vesislava Zheleva, and the brief was broad: Material should reflect another side of student work away from the studio, or aim to provide an insight to the influence of Fine Art study on student practice.

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Plymouth Art Weekender: Nothing Bad Will Happen

‘Nothing Bad Will Happen’ is a student-led group exhibition, showing this weekend, featuring the work of nine 3rd year PCA Fine Art students. The aim of the exhibition is to contrast the work of students inside and outside the Fine Art Degree course.

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My contributions to the exhibition are shown below. In the studio corridor I have three new posters developed this summer from earlier abortive zine work, which are bookended by two posters produced four years earlier:

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My other piece is ‘Fame’ – a tribute to David Bowie, seen here being installed under the anxious eye of Adele (by Bethany Smiles). The work features a stuffed rat with one green eye and one blue, and is, of course, concerned with “identity, mortality, and our 15 minutes in the spotlight …”

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The exhibition catalogue can be accessed here. The show is being mounted as part of the Plymouth Art Weekender – map ref 2 on the guide www.plymouthartweekender.com – and runs from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September.

Full accounts of the exhibition and more photos can be found here and here.