‘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.
Keyhole family

‘The Keyhole Men Collection’

‘Candy People’

Colour, Conceptual, Connections, Exhibitions, Galleries, Philosophy

'The keyhole Family'

People are a lot like Candy!

They’re all so different and dandy.

The way they look and what they do.

Which sweet am I? Which treat are you?

Skin like honey or milky fair,

or coco brown with chocolate hair.

Custard yellow or molasses dark,

or rusty dust of cinnamon bark!

Some friends stick around like toffee,

they’re lasting sticky and strong.

some friends are more like chewing gum:

Their fun and flavour won’t stay long.

Lean like liquorice or lollypop round,

all shapes and colours by the pound.

Small hazelnut or almond eyes,

our wrappers disguise such surprise.

some candy people that you meet,

are mushy and gooey and sweet.

Some come from life’s jawbreaker bin,

but time will melt to mint within.

People are a lot like candy!

Bonbons so different and dandy.

Step to the window, gaze and stop,

at God’s great goodie sugar shop.

People are a lot like Candy!

They’re all so different and dandy.

The way they look and what they do.

Which sweet am I? Which treat are you?

(Dawud Wharnsby 2011)