And it’s all over now…

So, the final exhibition of the year is over, packed up, gone. The opening went really well, it was worth all the stress and hard work, to see the place packed with people, and to hear some great comments on all the art. I was particularly pleased when a couple of Level 7 students told me that we had pulled off a professional exhibition, totally worthy of Level 7, let alone Level 6!! Woot…!

I am so proud of all of us for making it happen, against a lot of odds. It is a lot to ask at the end of a college year, for the work not only to be presented in college for assessment, but again in a gallery. This involved two lots of sanding, painting preparing walls, plinths, filling holes, curating and then the actual installing! My installation was particularly time consuming, so yeah kudos to NM,IT Bachelor of Arts & Media Level 6 2014… WE ROCK N ROLL & RULE THE WAVES!!!

And we also had live Blues music from my favourite muso’s, Russ and Phil, who you may remember from another exhibition I curated, Bikes, Blues & Metal Guitars

So now it is over… My trees were donated to firewood, my lovely friend and fellow student Leigh, gave a home to Wolfie and my painting mow hangs in my hallway. The tattered velvet hood, ah well, that may live to see another day, I’m not quite finished with my fairy tales yet….

I will leave you with some quick imperfect,  iPhone snaps that I took on the night, through a slightly tipsy haze I unashamedly admit, but I like them, the little fragments that they capture. I have given them a faded, did I dream that, or did it really happen? touch, just for fun, and because, well that’s the way it is folks…

I like this shot, love the way the branches and shadows entangle with the trees in the painting…

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The forest worked better in the gallery than in the studio, and I used all the trees!

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A real lone wolf wandered by to check out my art

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Artist – free to good home… Have rake will travel…

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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:

 

T-Shirt Take Two

 

Staju sent us this design for consideration:

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I like it because it is a bit cleaner looking and less cluttered than the first design, but I don’t like the grey splodges on Russ’s skin. Also I think the fonts and their treatment look too psychedelic. Other group members prefer the look of the first design as they feel the workshop adds a Kiwi flavour. I will work on this in Photoshop because I do like this photo.