Experimenting with filigree effects for my Christmas cards – from left to right:
metallic pigment mixed with tempera medium and poured on (out of focus); pigment scattered, tempera medium and water poured on, then spread with palette knife; pigment scattered onto tempera medium (?) then poured. The effect works best when water is squirted onto the pigment and the whole lot is then moved around.
Today is my last day to work on this piece at Bury Art Museum. Will I manage to add
To Not Get CynicalTo Ask Good Questions
To Do What Needs To Be Done
To Be Willing to Start Again
At 12 we have a closing crit/artists’ talk, followed by cake and cordials at 3.
A whistlestop tour of the blogposts I would have written if I was on top of all that social media stuff:
Manifesto #2 – installed at AirSpace Gallery in Stoke for their Yardenfest, the closing event of the excellent and provocative Pigdog and Monkeyfestos exhibition, a cornucopia (or should I say stomach purge) of artist’s manifestoes, including a concrete marrowfesto from Sarah Lucas and some great work by Dom from Luton and someone whose name I can’t remember but whose love letter to General Gordon made me laugh a lot.
C PAGES artist exchange with CG Associates and Extra Special People, hosted by TOAST in Manchester and Stryx in Birmingham.
Marina Abramovic at the Serpentine – stillness and safety in the city, or a disquieting demonstration of our will to obedience, and desire to put our trust in a charismatic authority figure.
British Folk Art at the Tate – amazing work, but why so much more male than female production? Why a whole room of figureheads?
BAA – exhibition at Bury Art Gallery – a physical manifestation of the BAA manifesto; my piece, about the responsibility of the artist – a golden (boom boom) opportunity to gild a mushroom (but the mushroom inclusions were inspired to pick up the airdrying clay by the Island Universes exhibition at Piccadilly Place, a fitting swansong for that free art space).
Bioremediation II was an exhibition of the remnants of the original Bioremediation installation – some nicely eaten up paintings – along with documentation, supporting work and research. It took place at the Biospheric Foundation in Salford in October 2012, as part of the Free For Arts Festival.
Bioremediation III was an experiment, a collaborative residency in the Biospheric Foundation during Free For Arts with Ben Atkinson, Rebecca Lyons and Natalie Pownall. Each artist came into the space and spent a day making work with me, drawing on the themes of mushrooms, bioremediation, John Cage and Alan Turing. Below are some images of my work – Ben, Rebecca and Natalie’s will follow.
Nothing Whatever Must Be Clung To V
Nothing Whatever Must Be Clung To V detail
Today I put two bags of cardboard impregnated with oyster mushroom spawn out for “shocking” – this should spur them into producing mushrooms. I’ve left it a bit late so it’s unlikely I’ll get any mushrooms before Boremediation III finishes on 28th October – but I can but try.
I’m feeling generally nervous about the exhibition. I try to reassure myself by reminding myself that this is natural and to be expected. The exhibition is in two parts:
Bioremediation II – exhibition of the remnants of the eaten-away paintings from Bioremediation I – Hayek, Friedman, Blankfein et al after detoxification by oyster mushrooms, along with photos (being delivered tomorrow morning), a larger version of the timeline, a mini-library and my mushroom research.
and Bioremediation III – new work made in and with the Biospheric Foundation over the next week, with a preview on Friday 26th October which will feature sloe gin cocktails and a sound performance by Helmut Lemke.
I’m confident it will be a good exhibition; I’m not confident about getting everything done in time without ending up in a state of collapse. And there are competing events on the 26th, and the Biospheric is a little out of the way, though only 15 minutes from Victoria (and I’ve just found out you can follow the Irwell to get there) – so I hope people come – otherwise I’ll have a lot of sloe gin to drink.
Here’s the opening hours:
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October: 12 till 6
Monday 22 to Thursday 25 October: 1 till 5
Friday 26 October: closed.
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October: 12 till 6
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October: 12 till 6
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Last night I ate the first oyster mushrooms harvested from the big beautiful chunk of mycelium Ann Miller gave me two weeks ago. They were delicious! Here’s hoping there’s still a good crop going by the time Bioremediation II opens on 20th October, and that I’ve been able to keep the green mould that’s already colonising it at bay with my trusty cotton buds.
I have lucked out workwise – I am spending a day a week cycling round Liverpool with Kerry Morrison surveying brownfield sites for her Counter Culture Nature project. So far, we have only been rained on once – mostly it’s been a pleasure riding around in the fresh Liverpool air, with big skies and views over the Mersey. The project is a follow-up to a survey Kerry did six years ago, where she logged all the brownfield sites she found on a big ring route round the centre of Liverpool. Most of them are still there, but many that used to be accessable have now been fenced off – so no more short cuts or dog walking for the locals. Last week we went to a great site in Toxteth, which is in a completely different place to where I thought – I thought it was north east of Lime Street, but it’s south west. This site was half tidy lawn and half overgrown den central, with viper’s bugloss and yellow rattle, which I had just found out a few days before is said to be very good for controlling couch grass.