Art Swap: ‘In search of Major Tom’ for ‘Poison’ featuring Carlos Martyn Burgos

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‘In search of Major Tom’ By Carlos Martyn Burgos

I have been slow to upload these art swaps. I am trying to keep on top of it. This is the beautiful work of Carlos Martyn Burgos, you can see his work at http://www.memakestuff.com. I have liked his work ever since we saw it at The Other Art Fair a couple of years ago. We actually got some prints I still have in a pile of things to frame. So I am pleased we have this original framed and hanging in the living room. IMG_4439

 ‘Put your helmet on…

the stars look very different today…

sitting in a tin can, far above the world..

can you hear me Major Tom…

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‘Poison’ by Sam Shendi

…not even knowing the title I thought of David Bowie singing ‘Ground control to Major Tom’. Obviously the space helmet, the astro-girl, outer space feel to the paining all some cues. I love the use of tea, drips and splashes and even evidence of a tea-cup in the left corner here. The detail is also amazing and in this the unusual angle. The boys find it a bit eery, it is unusual but I love it. In my search about the artist I found a fellow word press article and the words that the work is “Fusing elements of the classical, the expressive, the surreal, beauty, darkness and his love of the human form”. This is an interesting link to my husband’s work which is focused on the human form. Like the previous swaps, it seemed such a good connection, perhaps it’s the symbol on this little keyhole man that makes me think of space aliens or darth vader. So for this art swap we sent ‘Poison’ in exchange for ‘In Search of Major Tom’. IMG_4440

Art Swap: ‘Choose London’ for ‘Only Human’ featuring John Clare

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Choose London by John Clare

So the second of our Art Swap pieces by John Clare has been here a little while but after a little re shuffle we have it now hanging in our living room side by side to another piece which I will post later. The two together make a good combination and compliment each other nicely. Many people do choose to go to London, the pull of the bright lights the big city. My husband stayed in London when he first arrived in UK and quickly left. Only now returning for exhibitions or meetings. I went to London after University with the intention of Rowing. Fate intervened and I left after just short of a year. My sister lived there for 7 years.

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The piece hanging in our living room, by John Clare

This framed almost poster like piece came the furthest and survived the post. It appeals more to the three males in our household. I don’t know why skulls do that? The colours are great though and again a link with my husband’s sculpture. Bright, bold and vibrant. I am quite interested in the psychology of the artist and the piece itself. The Keyhole man we swapped it with was ‘Only Human’ which  like the last art exchange, seems an appropriate swap. Almost an answer to the question in Choose London?

'Only Human' by Sam Shendi

‘Only Human’ by Sam Shendi

‘Big Questions’ for ‘I’ll Call you’. Art Swap featuring Sal Jones

Art Swap, Colour, Galleries, Relationships

For the first time in four years of blogging I have lost a post I started. Must mean I didn’t save it which is odd because it usually does it automatically, doesn’t it? But even if it doesn’t I can’t believe I closed it without a reminder for me to save it, or that I even forgot to click the save draft button. Must have been the pre-cursor to the way I felt last night and this morning, not good. So I have had time to write today  from my bedroom, feeling a little under the weather but happy that the sun is starting to shine and it is teasing us with spring. The view from my window a painting in itself. But I digress….

All of this has nothing to do with what I want to write about today which is our first successful art swap. We successfully exchanged ‘The Big Question’:

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‘The Big Question’

with ‘I’ll Call you’ by artist Sal Jones .

So today I am going to write a little bit about her work. It is interesting to see the links and comparisons between painting and sculpture and of course the obvious differences.

I'll Call you by Sal Jones, Oil on canvas

I’ll Call you by Sal Jones, Oil on canvas

Sal Jones focuses on exploring colour and form expressively, aiming to engage the viewer with visually exciting work. Many of her paintings use bold and vibrant colours as my husband’s sculpture usually does. However, The Big Question, above is simple monochrome. I think you can tell when as artist is thinking about the way a viewer might interact with their finished work. It gives a more complete piece of work somehow.

The heightened use of colour adds emotional and expressive dynamic to the work. Many of her pieces have a vivacious quality to them. This one a little more muted, with moody blue tones adds to the story and the suggestion of a dark tunnel ahead.  For me having had a little experience in painting I love the gestural brush marks and the layers of colours. I also am fascinated by the way the suggestive marks give rise to the folds and forms of the fabric. So the light and dark make this piece.

Here is the painting hanging in our hallway, like it was painted to be there. The first things I see when I come out of my room.

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‘I’ll Call you’ by Sal Jones

As the figure is walking away you can almost put yourself in the painting. “By taking an isolated image out of context and using the dialogue as the images title – I’m hoping to create a friction or ambiguity in the reading of the image interpreted in different ways by different viewers depending on their personality and viewpoints and what they bring to their understanding of the subject”. I really appreciate this factor.

Interpretation is everything and an important part of my husband’s work too. Much of Sal Jones’ work features portraits which although I like and she describes more as ‘character studies’, in our small terrace house I don’t think hanging the face of someone would really work. Where as this piece has an abstraction to it because the figure can be anyone, I also like that it is a full figure as many of my husband’s pieces are the female form so there is lovely link there.

Indeed, both the sculpture and the painting tell a story. Like a pictorial book we are invited to create our own words for the images we see. Jones herself states that she is “interested in capturing moments of expression that portray the human psyche, of blurring the boundary between fact and fiction; also in the relationship between the title and image.” Titles are everything, as I said in my last entry about my husband’s laconic titles very different from some of the long-winded titles of many modern minimalist pieces. Sal Jones’ titles are the stories themselves, inspirational points for an aspiring writer.

So we are privileged to have a unique and precious painting on our landing and if you want to see her work you can do from next week at Espacio Gallery . Click the link to another blog entry about the gallery, as my husband has also exhibited there.

Sal Jones exhibits in:

Y Not?
31 March – 5 April 2015
Private View: Thursday 2 April 6-9pm
An exhibition in aid of International Women’s Day.

‘Art Swap’

Colour, Connections, Relationships

Sat at our kitchen table an evening after he returned from London we were catching up and chatting, we spontaneously posted the idea ‘ART SWAP’ on the sculptor’s Facebook page. I wasn’t too sure if it should be ART SWOP – does it depend where you come from? Anyway, we made the suggestion that artists could offer a piece of their work in exchange for a piece of ‘The Keyhole Man’ collection.

Nibbling dried fruit and dark chocolate I suggested that it would be interesting how long the process would take. By Midnight, fuelled by the 85% cocoa consumption we were still receiving messages, seeing which design other artists were interested in was intriguing and by the following day all 11 little men had new homes. It was wonderful being flooded with choices of works to pick from. Excitingly we realised we will potentially have 11 new art works. We need to build that modern shendi house!

It seems like a novel idea, and its a great idea at that, f or so many reasons. However, it is not a completely unique idea artists in the past were always intermingling, interchanging ideas and works. Picasso and Braque worked together, Monet and Renoir, Pissarro and Degas set up their own exhibition, Jan Lievens shared a studio with Rembrandt, Ben Nicholson introduced Barbara Hepworth to artists in Paris such as Brancusi, Arp, Mondrian and Naum Gabo. Together they became involved in a new international crusade for abstract art. Artists have always worked together.

In today’s modern world twitter, Facebook, pinterest and all the other forms of social networking all influence a digital exchange of ideas and connection globally. But generally Artists aren’t as friendly as they used to be there is more competition and backbiting.

To swap the actual art work is a fabulous way of making the world a bit more physical and real and for artists to appreciate each others work, to be able to receive pieces within a means they can afford.

Hopefully ART SWAP makes the connection and relationship between artists better, less competitive and more about a shared sense of camaraderie.
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‘The Keyhole Men Collection’