Reflections on Bikes Blues & Metal Guitars

Today we had our review session on the exhibition in the gallery, all the students and Graeme our tutor gave us feedback.

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The students found it hard to fault, and the two comments that were made were things I had already though about, so that was encouraging.

Graeme gave us some really good feedback, which should help the whole class with their exhibitions… lucky them to have had this session. It feels good that our exhibition brought up the opportunity for Graeme to respond with so much good food for thought.

Graeme talked about how we could have done it differently, and used my original concept of reproducing a workshop feel, transforming the space. I would have loved to have done this, but it wasn’t to everyone in our groups taste. Given that in our group of five we have 4 different cultural backgrounds that’s not surprising!!  Also the very short time we had to set up was prohibitive, but yes we could still have done something more like a workshop.

I really liked the idea of just having the bike and the guitars, and no pictures or other art. I could have made a photobook, and we could have had the couch that we originally talked about putting in. On hindsight this is something I would definitely consider.

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Cheri and I talked it over later though and we both feel we did a great job and the reaction of the public supports this.

Russ loved it, all the visitors loved it, and his in-laws saw him in a totally new way. Had we used the workshop format it would have been like visiting Russ in his workshop, but because we celebrated him in a gallery setup, his friends and family saw him in another light.

A big part of the event was the gig at the opening event… those who were unable to attend missed out on the public feedback, the amazing atmosphere and of course the fantastic music. The opening night, to quote Russ, was ‘totally amazing‘.

It’s over now, the gallery is empty, the holes are filled and it’s all ready for a new exhibition next week. I look forward to it. I feel a bit flat after all the excitement, but I think a lot of that is exhaustion. I need to chill this weekend. But not before giving our group a big pat on the back.

If you were part of this event, in any way, then once again, I thank you.

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Talking about last night…

Well I am exhausted, but very proud to say that Bikes Blues and Metal Guitars was a great success. Russ and Phil who played with him were fantastic, as were the crowd. All day while I was working on all the final touches I got so much encouragement from everyone in G Block, I felt almost invincible! I am thinking that Cheri maybe felt the same, boy did we work hard for this!

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Russ and many of the the visitors said that the  gallery looked wonderful, great video and the guitars and the Indian glowed with Russ’s passion and pride in what he does. We got lots of compliments and thanks for hosting this and Russ himself was blown away. So, there are things I would have done differently, and I would have stuck to my original idea of a more workshoppy look than gallery look, but group work is about everyone’s input. I think we did a great job in such a short time.Stop picking Bobby, it was a job extremely well done!!

A highlight was our dear Staju playing his Indian drum with the boys, and he did it very well… Rock on Staju!

The best thing that came from this, in my opinion was Russ’s response, he was absolutely over the moon. One thing I want my art to do is spread joy, there are messages to get out there I feel, but there is always more than one way of doing it. Focusing on the positive aspect of an issue is far more likely to result in change in my experience. We, all know bad stuff happens… it doesn’t need neon lights to highlight it, it needs ways of changing it… a little artistic alchemy can go a long way.

Anyway here are a few photos of the setting up…!

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All images by raggedpoet.

It’s getting closer…

 

Russ Weebley Banner

I am currently sick and dizzy and not up to much, especially driving, but this exhibition is calling me. Three of our group are sick, so I have decided we will probably go with printable email invites. I an hoping to design some today and get them out. It is a compromise but then we have out a lot of hard work into this, and I will maybe make some special momento postcards or something, for those who are lucky enough to attend the opening event. Meanwhile I built a special website and bought a domain name for our show :) Check out:

www.bikesbluesandmetalguitars

Here is an audio clip of Russ playing one of his handcrafted guitars:

 

I think it would look good huge…

 

This post is to introduce another group project that I am working on. For this we have to curate an exhibition from scratch. This means finding sponsors, finding an artist, arranging promotion and advertising, exhibition events, producing a catalogue, designing and making invites etc.

Well, we have our artist and our title. We have a date and an opening event planned. Our group, which we call Curate & Resonate, pretty much rock.  This morning I designed a T-Shirt.  I thought of this idea yesterday, as extra promotion… walking posters :)

Our exhibition is a narration of our artists life. The exhibition will tell his story and celebrate his artwork, his passions and his music.

Here is a taster, with the T Shirt design. I like the comic book effect, as it fits with our theme, which begins with the artist as a lad. I am awaiting approval, but it could be a poster too. I think it would look great blown up huge. I may even attempt that, as I am into blowing stuff up right now. Shame my flipping printer toner replacement hasn’t arrived yet, I could do it today. Anyway hopefully we can screen print the T-Shirts at college next week!

 

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Bob’s First Blues… #5

I know that you really want me baby
Oh yeah, I know that you really want me baby
but you’re too cold, to turn on ya fire…no not even for me

I’d say it’s good, it’s good to see you again.
ya hear I’d say its good , it’s good to see you again
but hey baby, you can see… I ain’t got no shortage of men

And don’t ya come here with that good red wine
No don’t ya come here with that good red wine
Cos I’m over ya baby and I’m a doing just fine

You know how to love me and how to make me feel good
Oh yeah ya know how to love me, and how to make me feel good
but ya hearts too cold and ya head is made  out of wood

Oh no I really don’t need you, I don’t need you no more..
I said no, I really don’t need you, I don’t need you anymore
You broke my poor heart, now get the hell away from ma door…

Ah said… ya broke ma poor heart, now get the hell away from ma door…