Friday, 17 December 2010
Thursday, 9 December 2010
The images above are photographs of the front and back of an exposed piece of photographic paper with traditional spotting inks on one side. The aqua blue, slightly discolouring around the edges is so intense, I couldn’t help but be drawn to it. I found these inks in a folder, which I think has been closed for some time now and felt such an overwhelming sense of nostalgia I had to document it.
The inks are for black and white prints and reminded me of the watercolours by Dirk Stewen. There is something so beautiful about the inks, they show a very hands on approach that is now fading away, losing those imperfect traces of a human touch.
All images copyright Melinda Gibson 2010.
“Winter may be creeping up on Turku, but Finland's former capital doesn't do seasonal gloom. Long nights just focus one of northern Europe's secret beauties on cosy daytime hangouts and heat-generating nightlife, while the city gets ready to step into the cultural spotlight as European Capital of Culture in 2011.” Norman Miller
I found this lovely article in the Guardian on Saturday the 27th about Turku, and its new found Capital of Culture status. It is a great little piece about the city, the former capital of Finland and talks about what to expect from this cold, beautifully creative city. Its well worth a read and even mentions Logomo and the year long exhibitions, one of which is “Alice in Wonderland.” I can’t wait to go!
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Friday, 3 December 2010
The artists have been released for the Capital of Culture Exhibition, "Alice in Wonderland." I am among some fantastic artists to name but a few, Christian Marclay, Elina Brotherus, Trish Morrisey, Zed Nelson and Laurel Nakadate. The exhibition opens on the 16th January for 12 months at Logomo in Turku, Finland. Visit The Finnish Museum of Photography's website for more information. I will keep you updated as and when I know more.
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
“Rachel Monique”, is the Sophie Calle installation at the Palais de Tokyo which I managed to see in Paris last week. The show sadly closes tomorrow, the 27th November, so if you haven’t seen it, I hope this can explain what you missed.
There are few shows in this world that really move you, or have the ability to deeply affect you, but Sophie Calle’s was one of them for me. I can honestly say it must be one of, if not the best show I have ever seen. Even as I write this now, recalling what I saw and experienced, something changes in me, physically and emotionally. I am still so touched by the tenderness, the honesty and poignant reminders of grief brought about by this exhibit.
The installation is about the death of Calle’s mother, and brings together a collection of video, old family photographs, new imagery and objects to the lower ground, unused part of the Palais de Tokyo. The broken concert floors, the unfinished walls only enhance your experience as you wonder through a memorial for a woman you never knew. What is immediately apparent is stillness, a silence that one rarely witnesses in a gallery anymore. This is certainly achieved through the strict entrance limit of 30 people, but its more than just that. There is a real sense of respect paid to the works, as if you are walking through a grave, or a witness to her funeral.
Behind tall, metal fences you see black and white photographs, shipping containers marked with Calle’s name and destinations of places the works, or some have been exhibited. Mixed with these are vases of flowers, notably white lily’s, the flower for death placed carefully in front of an image or in the middle of the concert floor. Each flower is fresh, reminding us of her grief and what has recently passed.
One video work in particular moved me so deeply, tears streamed down my cheeks. We see two different views, to the left Calle’s dying mother being tendered to and to the right a floating iceberg in the North Pole. As you watch the two films unfold, you witness the moment of death juxtaposed to the cold yet calming swirl of the iceberg in the sea. Having recently lost someone very dear to me and seen him in his casket, the coldness was very familiar. What was so beautiful about this piece was the honesty, the rawness of the action, but produced with such dignity. I could of watched that film for hours, over and over again.
I could go on and on about the installation, but I feel this helps to explain a little of what the exhibits achieved. It proved to me that you can produce a body of work, solely on death, a death close to you which not only creates something beautiful and inspiring, but something that brings light back into a dark place.
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
I am one of the artists participating in the new catalogue from Studio Blanco running parallel to the festival Ctrl + C in Capri. My images are also used for all the PR/ Communication for the project, which I am very excited about. The book is based upon a "nonexistent Exhibition" with the theme "Everyday,” and has some great names taking part, from Richard Kern, Nadav Kander to Kim Gordon. Here is an introduction to the book,
"One by one, scroll through the days. Some long, seemingly endless. Others slip away, as if we had not even met them. Some remain in our memories forever. Others are repeated in a cycle of almost becoming bored. Show some love and serenity. More a blanket of darkness and torment. Some happen and it is as if they had not. Others are turning points. Some keep their promises. Others see them breaking. Some are eagerly awaited. Others do not have expectations.”
In the days that opposites coexist. The essence of our being contradictory.
The book will be available for preview during the festival and later online. To find out more about the festival and the artists participating look here, . http://www.controlcfestival.com/ and www.studioblanco.it
Saturday, 6 November 2010
I have finalised the framing specification and above is an example of what they will look like, a wonderful warm walnut wooden frame. I am very excited as I have just booked my flights to Helsinki for January, I have been forewarned that it is going to get very cold, with averaging temperatures of -6 degrees! I will be updating you on all things Turku 2011 as and when I know more.
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Thursday, 21 October 2010
“….a rare opportunity to explore her works on paper, most of which have never been shown before in a public gallery.
These collages and drawings provide a fascinating and intimate insight into the creative process behind Whiteread's work. While her sculptures are often large-scale and involve a team of fabricators, these paper works provide a more personal, mobile counterpoint. Nevertheless, they also share many of the themes familiar from her public commissions: texture and surface; void and presence; and the subtle observation of human traces in everyday life.”
There is such tenderness in her craftsmanship, they are thoughtful, sensitive and beautifully painted. I found the postcard series very inspiring and useful to me for research into new works that I am thinking about.
The images above and below are ones I found particularly inspiring and I suggest anyone to go and see this wonderful exhibition.
All works copyright Rachel Whiteread.
The above pictures are of the new Unilever series by artist Ai Weiwei, called Sunflower Seeds 2010. This installation is beautiful, every sunflower seed is hand made of porcelain and there are 100 million in the turbine hall, every seed apparently identical is in fact a unique piece in its own right, bringing questions about China's economy and the geo-politics that surround the country. It is a stunning piece, a must see!
There is also a wonderful documentary about the making of the project at the Tate and online here http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/unileverseries2010/room3.shtm
I was very pleased to see such a wonderful spread of Photography, so many great galleries exhibiting it in all its forms. From Gursky's to Demand's, Tillmans' to Pascual's every corner you turn another photographic form. It is hard to recall all the great works that I saw and the galleires that exhibited them, but a must mention is Matthew Marks, Maureen Paley, Taka Ishii Gallery and Casey Kaplan.
There was some truly brilliant drawings by Francis Alys at David Zwirner, some stunning Peter Fischli & David Weiss black and white sculptural photographs at Matthew Marks and at Zero, a collection of red moleskin diaries opened and framed, simple yet effective. Above and below are a few snaps I took of the works.
All rights of work are reserved to the artists mentioned above, Francis Alys, Fischli Weiss, Marlo Pascual and Zero Gallery
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Thursday, 30 September 2010
Thursday, 23 September 2010
A beautiful quote here from Alec Soth, talking about the subconscious canonisation of imagery, great piece of evidence that links back to my concept behind The Photograph as Contemporary Art series.
“My head is filled with nuanced cliches – I might subconsciously be influenced by William Egglestone – but she doesn't have that framework. Of course, as a professional, you can't go back to a time when you had none, but you can try. Myself, I long for that quality again." Alec Soth
Image copyright Carmen Soth 2010. Quote taken from the Guardian article, The Genius behind Alec Soth’s Brighton biennial success, Hannah Booth, 19th September 2010.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Unfortunately I did not manage to get to Breda Photo for the launch, but was very kindly supplied with the following two photographs of the presentation above by photographer Morad Bouchakour who was there. Thank you very much Morad!
Friday, 17 September 2010
An update. I did indeed go down to the Collage party yesterday, but found myself unable to do any new work. What would of made sense, was if I had a child in tow, the event was definitely more for families. But I did buy a nice new book about London architecture which will be turned into collages at a later date!
Sunday, 12 September 2010
David Shrigley has produced this animation, which you can watch on youtube about saving the arts. Watch it and if you feel passionately about the arts then sign the petition.
The aim of the Save the Arts campaign is to encourage people to sign a petition that will be sent to the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. It points out that it has taken 50 years to create a vibrant arts culture in Britain that is the envy of the world and appeals to the government not to slash arts funding and risk destroying this long-term achievement and the social and economic benefits it brings to all.
Find out more here, http://savethearts-uk.blogspot.com/
The Eadweard Muybridge exhibition at the Tate Britain opened this week and closes on the 16th January 2011. I haven't yet visited the show, but I am planning to go next week, I just couldn't miss a show like this!
The exhibition displays many works of art with a particular interest on how he created and honed these remarkable images; it shows us how important Muybridge was to photography but also to the visual world. What the exhibition also provides is evidence of very early photographic manipulation and in a recent article it was described that, "Maybridge saw himself as an artist photographer and that meant getting the best possible image," said Warrell. "It didn't matter if it wasn't true. He saw himself as following on in the British and western tradition of landscape, he was doing the photographic equivalent." Mark Brown for the Guardian.
Image taken from Tate Britain website, copyright Eadweard Muybridge. Text from article published on 6th September 2010 for the Guardian.
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
“Corinne opened the door for a whole generation of photographers, designers, models and stylists who suddenly saw that the fashion industry didn’t have to be this exclusive club for the privileged and perfect. Suddenly there was another way, a place where ‘normal’ people were welcome.” Belinda White for the Telegraph.
Image copyright Melinda Gibson 2009-2010
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Friday, 27 August 2010
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
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