Happy new year! I have uploaded a bunch of images from last years projects on to my Flickr site as a kind of visual review of the year. You can see them here.After a slow start it turned out to be a good year. No major commissions this year but plenty of satisfying smaller projects. A big thank you to all my clients for their commissions. Without them the show wouldn’t still be on the road! There were opportunities to make sculpture too. Most notably finishing “Journey Stones” for the Fresh Air exhibition at Quennington in the Cotswolds, and carving a couple of very 3D word sculptures for the Bath Society of Artists Annual Exhibition. Perhaps the best highlight was taking part in the Festival of Stone at the harbour front in Bristol in June. A really well organised event. It was great to be surrounded by people who talked “stone language”.
I am currently envigilating at the Bath Society of Artists members exhibition I at BRSLI in Queens Square in Bath. The show is open until Saturday, 10 ’till 4. So if your Bat call in and have a look. I am showing a piece called Transmutation – a word sculpture about bread and stone.
I carved this slate plant marker for Sonia’s birthday present which she really liked. I think I’m going to have to carve some more. She is growing lots of vegetables!
We went to see Sigur Ros at the Eden Project on Sunday night. One of my favorite bands in one of my favorite places. If you haven’t come across them they create epic soundscapes evoking the ice and fire of their Icelandic homeland. Beautiful, emotionally saturated grandeur. A huge dynamic range encompassing tinkly percussion and the sound of a guitar played with a bow and overdriven until its as big as a glacier. A searing mountainous backdrop to Jonsi’s ethereal falsetto.
You can see my photos on flickr here.
Sigur Ros were brilliant, the setting was intimate and magnificent, and the lights were magical. But the audience diminished the experience for me. Maybe we stood in the wrong place, but there was a constant flow of people marching past us to get to the bar. And lots of chatter. We moved after a while when the irritation got too much, and escaped some of the traffic. I don’t get it though. Why go to the expense and effort of going to a live gig and become preoccupied with beer and conversation in the midst of such epic music? What is wrong with attentiveness? In this ultra-fast super-connected culture have we forgotten how to pay attention?
I have got a piece of work in the Fresh Air 2013 sculpture show at Quennington near Cirencester. The exhibition opened on Saturday and we were there for the opening. It is a huge show of contemporary sculpture in the open air. 140 + works in the beautiful setting of the gardens of the Old Rectory. It is incredibly diverse with work in a wild variety of materials including wood, steel, glass, ceramic and bronze. The emphasis is firmly on a contemporary approach to making, and I choose the word making carefully, as engagement with materials and crafting objects is central. It is a lively, colourful and eclectic show characterised by well crafted sculpture. If you live in the South West and you can get there go see it. Its open “till 7th July. The website is here and the flyer is below. I will blog a bit more about the show after we’ve had another chance to visit, and I will talk about my sculpture in due course!