21 October 2016

East end, west end

East End graffiti (here today, gone tomorrow) -

 West End history (established 1827, and at these premises since 1845) -

20 October 2016

Poetry Thursday - Spirit Song Over the Waters, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Staubbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen (via)
Gesang der Geister ueber den Wassern

The soul of man
Resembleth water:
From heaven it cometh,
To heaven it soareth.
And then again
To earth descendeth,
Changing ever.

Down from the lofty
Rocky wall
Streams the bright flood,
Then spreadeth gently
In cloudy billows
O'er the smooth rock,
And welcomed kindly,
Veiling, on roams it,
Soft murmuring,
Tow'rd the abyss.

Cliffs projecting
Oppose its progress,--
Angrily foams it
Down to the bottom,
Step by step.

Now, in flat channel,
Through the meadowland steals it,
And in the polish'd lake
Each constellation
Joyously peepeth.

Wind is the loving
Wooer of waters;
Wind blends together
Billows all-foaming.

Spirit of man,
Thou art like unto water!
Fortune of man,
Thou art like unto wind! 

19 October 2016

Contemporary art sketchbook walk course - week 1

First meeting started at Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood - challengingly noisy!

Amanda provided information on using line and tone

A longish but invigorating walk to Chisenhale Gallery to see an animation by Peter Wachtler (till 11 Dec)
Then to other galleries on the list, in a cluster south of Bethnal Green: Maureen Paley, Laura Bartlett, Herald Street, Campoli Presti ... and ...
... "End-User" at The Ryder (till 12 November)

Annette Kelm at Herald Street

Jutta  Koether at Campoli Presti (till 12 November)

Review of sketchbooks at the end of the day. 
I missed seeing Sol Calero at Laura Bartlett (till 13 November), might be able to go back, looks interesting!

18 October 2016

Drawing Tuesday - Wellcome Collection

Arriving early, I used the till receipt for a bracing cup of coffee for a warm-up ... loose marks combining to resemble (somewhat) the vase of gladioli and lilies -
Photos from here and there, some taken in retrospect -
nice place for a little afternoon snooze!

Florence Nightingale's moccasins, worn at Scutari 1850-56

amazing bottles

Statues of deceased twins (Yoruba people, Nigeria) (via)
wooden statue showing childbirth, Angola, 19th century (via)

Janet's rendition of the childbirth figure

Sue's rendition of the deceased twins
Jo's massaging apparatus

Carol's collection includes the giant jellybaby

Joyce's shoes (or rather, Florence N's)

Michelle's contrasting sculptural figures
my marks-becoming-lettering (taken from Mary Kelly's
  Post-Partum Document VI, 1978)

my large drawing, with blunt crayon, based on Ramon y Cajal's microscopic
 ink drawings of delicate neural structures

Michelle brought along some books she's been making out of here prints and other sources
 Returning to the Reading Room after lunch, I'd hoped to see again the book that had fascinated me previously - a facsimile of Mascagni's plates of the lymph system. It had disappeared, but another fascinating facsimile book was available -

How is it that you revisit places and still don't notice so many things? This time, the ink-on-slate drawings held my attention, bot for their almost-xrayness and for the process used to produce them -

17 October 2016

Here and there (and more Gormley)

Out and about in town last week, being part tour guide and part tourist in my own town.
Large flat bowl by Amanda Simmons at London Glassworks in Bermondsey

Mesmerised by suds and brushes going to work on a taxi, Bethnal Green

Lincoln's Inn gateway

Bar wigs - gowns - "Established 1689"

Tucked away in Covent Garden 


Lovely escape at the Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch

"Garden rooms" at the Geffrye

Dogwalker in Shoreditch

Charming cottages - and surveillance - in Canonbury

Coffee on wheels at Borough Market

And still they build, near London Bridge

Extension of London Bridge Station - the old arches
More from White Cube. First a glimpse of Untitled works by Virginia Overton, made of glass and Danby marble ... reflecting green leafy wallpaper with a design from the 1970s, playing on notions of the indoor and outdoor. In another room is a woodburning stove and enough wood to stoke it throughout the exhibition. Cosy.
 Layers of "white" wood and LEDS make the (Untitled) landscape above the seating in the corridor. Nice.
Antony Gormley's exhibition divides the large South Gallery into 15 small rooms containing 24 works - "dramatic physiological encounters"; as you wend through this maze, "each room challenges or qualifies the experience of the last".

The exhibition considers the relation of the individual to the built environment ... and "resulting displacement". It "asks whether we as citizens identify with the forces that determine inclusion or exclusion from city or country." Or so the handout says. Whereas we spent our time recognising "the people" and enjoyed the contrast of living humans moving about the rooms, appearing and disappearing, in contrast with the blocky forms.

The highlight was "Sleeping Field" (remember Field?) and suddenly "seeing" what it was about. Yes, those aren't just 517 elements of cast iron (which took 5 men 2 days to install, or was it 2 men and 5 days?) -
But how best to photograph these little hominoids?

"Hold" is made of 6mm weathering steel ...

... as is "Passage", a 12-metre long tunnel which visitors are invited to enter

You walk towards darkness, then turn around and walk towards light
"Gormley's approach to exhibition making is a test ground for perception, focusing on the mapping of our subjective experience and the potential of the viewer's projected empathy ... releasing us from any expectations of what sculpture is and how it might act on us."

The gallery's photos are here, and both shows run till 6 November.