Last weekend was what Ive been working towards for the past XX years and now its passed I couldn’t be happier. Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair at Kelvingrove Marquee ran over two days with a VIP preview evening after the set up day. Packed up the Jeep and set off on Friday morning with my glamorous assistant Paul Fieldsend for a weekend of art, food and Eurovision.
It makes me laugh looking back at the the crazy thoughts that stressed me out before I left. Would 60 pictures be enough, what would I do if everything sold on the opening night, would the glue dots really be permanent, how does the card machine work, will Madonna’s massacre Like a Prayer – etc etc.
The satisfaction on the final day when you realise that its all been worth it, the validity as you watch all your hard work being nicely wrapped in the packaging area ready to go to its new home.
I met and chatted with a huge variety of like minded people and I hope to stay in touch with lots of them.
My biggest thank you is to Paul Fieldsend as I genuinely couldn’t have done it without him, he set up my stand, he fixed my internet, he organised the packing and he engaged knowledgeably about the printmaking processes as I moaned about my sore feet.
theres still some pieces left ……
Faded star number 1 – Anouk Aimee
I’ve been working on my Faded Stars series for about 4 years now, honing and changing my techniques as I chose new ‘muses’
The idea of “Faded Stars” came from my love of graffiti art and the memory of trying to steal concert posters glued to walls in my misguided youth.
I love vintage images of glamorous actresses from the golden age of Hollywood – my first ‘muses’ were Louis Fuller with her serpentine dance and Louise Brooks with her trademark black bob and huge eyes.
I prefer to photograph my own images directly from documentaries on sky arts and then editing them, changing levels and printing before transferring to mdf board – I work on A3 as it lends to the final image rather than going larger. I prepare the background and collage relevant photographs or maps as a base to transfer. Once the images are positioned I sit for ages and decide how I want them to look – I am currently using blocks of colour – red, yellow and blue (straight from the acrylic tube – no mixing!) then a light sanding and a matt varnish and they’re ready.
Luckily the gallery does not want the images framed – apparently in France they like to choose their own frames – how civilised! I would usually use unbleached wood floating frames. I’m going to post a photo a day for the next 30 days – please like and share if you like my work
So, I got this email ….
I’m the editor for a new book on creative people and their processes titled Great Minds Don’t Think Alike. The book consists of 56 short essays each about a different person, accompanied by an illustration on the facing page.
The book’s illustrators came across the photo on your 2008 blog post for Contemporary Art ETC about meeting Tracey Emin and want to use it as part of the illustration for the piece on Emin. I’m not 100% sure that the photo belongs to you, but I’m hoping you can advise if not – and if so I would be grateful if you would give us permission to use it in the book.
And yes it is my photo – search my blog for Emin to read my review – I interviewed her prior to her retrospective exhibition in Edinburgh.