Thursday, 5 January 2012
Completed this entry for the Saatchi online showdown.
Also today visited the Grayson Perry at the National Museum (complete with a Grayson Perry afternoon tea at the upstairs restaurant which included no less than a teddy bear jelly and motorbike chocolate!!) Still it was very nice to enjoy the peace after a very crowded exhibition space and something a bit overwhelming about the aura of disconcerted audience). A couple of beautiful pieces in the show - his mother and father of us all as I think they were titled and the epic tapestry but much left me a bit cold and i think it was something about the way the show was being received and handled and the brutal commerciality of it. It seems to be THE show to see at the moment and the resultant expectation and uncomprehension hangs thick in the air - I think they should cleanse the space.!! It raises some deep and uncomfortable questions about who we are and I'm not sure that it gives the level of support necessary for most visitors to process what is raised.
... this leads me off on a tangent about the value of interactivity in art - that it encourages participation and gives an avenue of expression to what has been raised by the piece/ work/ exhibition.
we rounded off with a trot up to Camden to see what seemed to be an installation but was in fact a shop of neon lights, signs and sculptures. Fun and amusing and gently inspiring.