Thursday, March 29, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Sculpture has presence and sculpture has depth in every sense which a two dimensional computer screen or a photograph can not begin to communicate.
With this handicap and only these three pictures, “borrowed” from her some months ago, I start the process of exposing Amanda! Like all the best artists she will claim she has not much to show at the moment but she will I am sure release some more soon. A technical note only. The line of the jaw, the fine line of nose and lips indicate considerable skill and refinement. What particularly captures me is the position of the head very carefully chosen to suit the powerful presence this work must exude. The contrast between flesh and bare medium conveys a shiver combined with the blindfold. Both artist and subject have powerful personality.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
My Dormitory Ghosts
Now I was running out of ideas to keep my “street cred” with the “after lights out ghost stories” and it was my turn to beg for a ghost story from this genial cleric. He sat on my bed with a dozen or so of my peers and told us our first adult ghost story. The fact that it came from “the horse’s mouth” gave it much credibility. How could we even consider this not to be true? We sat, mouths open and listened to his every word. It was not really a horror story by today’s standards, but it must have been frightening for the people he described. Why is it that ghost stories are always more horrifying when they involve children?
I moved on to a senior school where I eventually studied English Literature. We had two teachers for this subject and as is often the rule, one was good and the other mediocre. Henry James was taught by the good one. Washington Square was perhaps the most difficult book for a 17 year old to get into, but it was preliminary reading for the work we were to be examined on and it was forced down hard upon us. To the “Aspern Papers” I could relate better and indeed enjoyed the finer points of his literary genius.
It was of course James and his tale of Miss Jessel, Quint, Flora and the little gentleman Miles to which I warmed, “The Turn of the Screw” on which we were examined!
I was surprised to find that the latest book that I have closed also started with a Christmas Eve in a country house and fire side Ghost stories. “The woman in black” by Susan Hill a contemporary writer, has used a similar initial setting and the story is most disturbing. The plot is great, the setting fine, some of the action needs refinement; as it is told some things won’t work in reality, and I do not mean the ghostly bits more on technicalities; these I will forgive her for a captivating ghost story it certainly is. (Her books can be found here http://www.longbarnbooks.com/susan_hill_books.htm)
Perhaps my favourite Ghost story is a short one from Saki. “The Open Window”, no more that 3 pages of pure delight.
Leaving ghosts aside for my next attack is “The Awkward Age”. One I have not read. I have hesitated before due to my bad time with Washington Square, but the cover has a copy of “The White Girl” by Whistler upon it which has tipped me over the edge, being so much more the visual type.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Dorset Port of Lyme Regis
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Two pictures promised
Monday, March 12, 2007
Some more of the V and A
Thursday, March 08, 2007
For Marly, Blue Genes and Susangelique
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
More at the V & A
Saturday, March 03, 2007
The Victoria and Albert
With respect you will be pleased to hear that it caters for the aristocracy, the landed gentry, the professional, the bourgeoisie, and the proletariat and of course the academic, the learned and the clever. In simple words it’s got something for everyone.
It covers nearly every culture in the world in depth. It is different than The British Museum in style and revels in the Arts.
It is not pretentious or high browed and the staff are friendly and professional.
You feel you just might bump into Mr. S. Holmes in the next room. Are you wearing your blue stockings?
The Coffee House (Café in French) is delightful, the ceiling (above) unusual, this picture does not to it justice. The loos are free and clean too. You are allowed to take photos and as it is so big I have not found it crowded. Enough, now the important bit;
Here is a sculpture room with a new exhibition still being put together described and attributed in my English Sculpture Blog where you will find any English or British Sculpture I like enough will be posted there.
Friday, March 02, 2007
A Vet's mark on London
I offer you
“Peace in her Quadriga”
By Adrian Jones (1845 -1938)
Just occasionally ones world is turned up-side-down and here is a good example. I have passed this sculpture so many many times. Of course I knew it and of it, but this is the first time I have really looked at it.
The largest bronze Sculpture in Europe and “done” by a self taught sculptor, a qualified vet in 1912.
These are what I call wings Gawain. Even I can change my opinion.
Now if you would like to see more then visit my English Sculpture Blog in a couple of day’s time. I went to the V&A.