York Sculpture Park. We had a pit stop before we arrived at the city centre. Unfortunately, it was raining and I didn’t want to get wet… So I resorted to sketching from inside the confines of the cafe.
Taking centre stage at CoCA is 10,000 Hours, 10,000 slip cast bowls created by Clare Twomey.Twomey’s installation is designed to create an impact in the transformed space within York Art Gallery. It is her response to CoCA’s collection of ceramics, the dedication of the artists that produced them and equally importantly the collectors… Bill Ismay being one of them- his dedication to collecting pottery could be regarded by some as borderline obssessive. He strived to buy 1 pot a week, often living without other means of luxury in order to afford them.
Fiona Green- Accessible Art in The Burton Gallery. This sculpture is a 3D piece made entirely of cardboard, inspired by Paul Nash’s Winter Sea. One can see the likeness to the angular representation of the waves with the layering of the cardboard. Also when one runs their hand over the bumps of cardboard layers- members of the public are free to touch it! -one can feel the Jenkins depiction of the sea. The undulating waves as they rise and fall. Unfortunately, Jenkins died later that year of an inoperable brain tumour… Wave was made under Jenkins’s instructions by his son and a handful of friends. The curation of having Gustave Loiseau’s depiction of Port de Goulphar Belle Lie en Mer – alongside Jenkins’s Wave made only recently in 2016 is just beautiful, and a great way of engaging the audience with a painting, which would never have been touched on a multisensory level. Also it is introducing the audience to a genre of artwork they may not be so familiar with… the use of cardboard to make a sculpture isn’t the norm, it’s quite an unusual material to place in a gallery.
Large Flask Elizabeth Fritsch. Inspired always by optical illusions and geometrics, I like the sense of perspective she creates. Almost turning a 3d object into a 2d painting. Vice versa. Recently went to see her work again at the National Museum of Wales. I didn’t realise how flat they were… I noted that her work is almost 2d trying to be 3d, or making 3d look 2d, it’s a bit of a mind boggle actually. An interesting point to consider though, as ceramic art is often 3d, to make something ceramic which is 2 dimensional and have it looking 3D is a challenge of perspective. After doing a little research, she considered her work to be’the space between the second and third dimensions’, a concept she first described as ‘two-and-a-half dimensions’.
Anthony Shaw’s Collection- Kerry Jameson Reworked Horse and other Ceramic pieces in Shaws Collection. I enjoyed viewing Shaw’s collection in a domestic environment. Shaw’s collection is displayed in a way in which ceramics may be placed in a home. A domestic environment has been created for people to really tactilely immerse themselves in the ceramics medium. Most of the pieces are sculptural and painterly, the textures varying from a shiny glazed surface to a sandpaper-like roughness. Interestingly he commented about the art in his collection saying “I choose it with the gut. I don’t choose it visually…I’m not interested in what I see. It is what I feel.” This really turns the idea of gallery aesthetics around. But I enjoy this refreshing point of view. Touch is equally as important as vision. And Shaw is giving people an opportunity to engage their tactile senses in his exhibition.Looking at optical illusions, and my next step is to paint them on to tiles.