“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly,…
I know I don’t post on here as much as I should, no excuses, its not good enough. This is just a quick note to say yesterday I saw and heard so much stuff I’m still digesting it all and I really like this feeling.
5 minutes ‘til Kevin McCloud finishes his dream home, gotta go brush my teeth.
There’s nothing more patriotic than standing out in deafening thunder and rain so hard its setting off car alarms just to see a stranger run past you! Fair enough he was carrying the Olympic flame but oh my it was apocalyptic out there.
As I mentioned a little while ago, Peter Blake’s exhibition in Chichester opened on the 23rd of June and yesterday I went along! Unfortunately you weren’t allowed to take photographs and there was no museum catalogue so I don’t really have any visual record of what I saw or any pictures to share which is a shame but what can you do. I am glad I went though and would recommend if you’re a fan of Blake or just in Hampshire searching for something to do for the day it’s definitely worthwhile.
I already knew quite a lot about Blake but Harry went in without any preconceptions. I really like seeing his reactions and interpretations of stuff he’s never seen before as they’re very honest and often make me consider things differently. I think it’d be quite boring to walk around a gallery with someone who agrees with you on absolutely everything. We had the whole debate about whether or not a collection of found objects can be considered art – is it just curation?
Anyway, the work itself, well, first of all I did not know that Blake had been so involved with the Live Aid poster and identity. The composition I liked the most was of the image I have uploaded above. Unfortunately it’s the biggest I can find and it’s still tiny! It’s the back cover of The Who’s Face Dances album, here’s the front cover but that’s not half as interesting. Well maybe, if you read about the work that went into it. ANYWAY. I had never seen this before and basically it’s a paint box with the track listing written on the tubes of paint. I’m not usually a big fan of gold but it just works here and it’s all so simple! It’s just brilliant. The type and font are so accurate to how labels in an old-fashioned paint box would be printed and with the added relevance to the front cover it’s easily the best back cover I’ve ever seen. Snaps for you Peter Blake!
I really detest some of Blake’s work, I think stuff like this is vile, but I’m really interested in him. He’s an artist that I studied quite considerably at school and I just have a thing about seeing these images that I’ve only seen in books before in real life. It’s so different Googling a picture to seeing it hanging on a wall, an arms reach in front of you, because something is lost in the digitalisation of it all. When I hear myself talking about it I think it sounds like I’m searching for closure, like it is almost a necessity rather than a desire to attend exhibitions. I’m not conscious of that being the case though. I often strive to explain the feeling of seeing an original when you’ve been so used to seeing copies in books and I think I fail every time because I genuinely cannot describe it or even think of an adequate metaphor.
That evening I was asked how I found out about the exhibition to which I explained that I have a folder on my bookmarks bar of galleries and museums nationwide that I regularly check to see what upcoming events they have. I know that sounds overly-organised but a few summers ago I missed a Jeff Koons exhibition and promised myself that would not happen again and so far this uber-sensible way of keeping up to date has paid off so it’s all good really!