Tuesday, 28 April 2015

From Cowboys to Astronauts - exhbition from waste material

"I’ve often heard people say: ‘I wonder what it would feel like to be on board a spaceship,’ and the answer is very simple. What does it feel like? That’s all we have ever experienced. We are all astronauts on a little spaceship called Earth." -R. Buckminster Fuller

I am taking part in an exhibition entitled From Cowboys to Astronauts. It takes place at The Enviro Hub, Devon Contract Waste inExeter; from Monday April 20 till May, 24 2015.
We, the artist from Devon, are presenting objects, installations, visual art etc made from waste. The meaning of it is to  promoting the concept of a circular economy – a regenerative economic system where materials and energy from products are recovered and put back into the system instead of simply being disposed of.
The initiative for this exhibition came from Centre for Alternative Materials andRemanufacturing Technologies (CALMARE), a business technology centre, part funded by the ERDF, based at the University of Exeter. The waste materials used in the exhibition have been sourced from the University itself, from the private 'collections' of artists and from other locations around Devon, including Exeter and Plymouth Scrapstores, Peninsula Waste Savers in Okehampton and the Devon County Council landfill sites managed by SITA.
On Saturday 2nd May, there will be a Family Day, where you will get the chance to use recycled materials yourselves, in children’s workshops run by artists taking part in the exhibition.
Meet the Artist days on Saturday 9th and 16th May will give the public an opportunity to talk to some of the artist exhibiting and find out more about their work.

Entry to the exhibition is free, and it is open to the public from Monday to Saturday, excluding bank holidays, until the final Friday, May 22nd 2015. 
Today, Tuesday, 28th we are having a private view at 8.30 pm.
I will make photos of my paper installation and of the objects of other artist. Tomorrow I will make a post bassed of my impression from this exhibiton.

Here are some images of my installation One Month's Fortune! 







Monday, 23 March 2015

The escape from the loony bin of life!

My devotion to Pinocchio is not a secret. I have always loved the character from the book by Carlo Collodi, I loved Disney's Pinocchio, I love the Russian Pinocchio and I love my two Pinocchio toys.

They have travelled with me around the world; they are very old and wise. Made in Russia, they came from Russia to me. They are old, probably 50 and 45 years old. They are aging, one of them has lost his hair, and unfortunately also his nose.

Since I was introduced to Pinocchio's character I have always been painting and drawing this wonderful marionette.  Pinocchio willy-nilly was becoming a hero of my work.

My first portrait of Pinocchio I made in oil on canvas;  very expressionistic, with fat, large strokes of brush paint.  It is kind of a dark painting. The next was lighter, brighter, finer, with spell of impressionistic touch.  The series Return of Peter Pan also has a Pinocchio theme. Two brothers
sitting close to each other and talking.

Pinocchio's Brothers - acrylic 60cm x 60cm

Last year I made another painting with Pinocchios in it. It is a very interesting painting in my humble opinion. I had an urge to paint a huge Pinocchio. I thought I would make him lean forward. I sketched him on a large canvas using thinned  oil paint.  Then I made very quickly a small sketchy painting on a small canvas. The space of the rectangular canvas was full of creatures and children. They were marching and holding banners and flags. They were protesting, they wanted to be free, free from all the rubbish and nonsense of adulthood.
The night after I didn't sleep and thought about that painting. A totally new idea was born in my brain, still with the huge Pinocchio as a predominant element in.  I imagined a Merry-go-round, some beautiful wooden horses and my children and a few toys riding them.  A carousel as a loony bin of life. The children and the toys they want to escape from this madness. Pinocchios as wise men would help them to achieve it.  They should rescue the children from the loony bin of our life.

The Loony Bin of Life - oil - 120cm x 100cm