Last week was not heavily productive in terms of studio practice. But my work is so multi-layered now, I feel like I’m doing everything! I was kept busy with interAction(s), planning my degree show space and the open install of Dear Lynda, an exhibition being held in the Cooper Gallery with its opening this Friday past.
Dear Lynda is a collection of memorabilia from a contemporary art legend. Lynda Morris’s career as curator spans 45 years, this show gives tribute to her tireless efforts to move the art scene away from being purely London based, and make it more accessible for the people. She shows a wide and varied collection of remnants and publications illustrating a colourful career in the art world.
Lynda Morris also conducted a series of ‘in conversation’ events to accompany the open install and run up to the opening of Dear Lynda. I was able to attend a talk between Lynda and Graham Fagan, a well respected tutor here at DJCAD. The two chatted like old friends about Graham’s art school days and being picked up by Lynda’s EAST International project. It proved to be an enjoyable afternoon, and an educational week overall in terms of curation.
I found it particularly beneficial to work alongside Sophia Hao, curator of the Cooper Gallery. While hanging a collection of Lynda’s work it was interesting to hear Sophia’s opinions on how the gallery should be set out. I was given tasks such as hanging publications, labelling works before the opening of the show, arranging vitrines of documents and making Lynda Morris a pot of green tea.
Now that its a new week I’m left to my own stuff however, which I’m grateful for. It’s been nice to keep my activities varied but its time to get immersed in Degree Show work. Eight weeks to go or something crazy like that…
After my deadline I had a week of Professional Practice. I’d arranged some volunteer work at a contemporary art gallery in Stirling, ‘The Changing Room’. I just want to keep learning. My 2012 resolution was to keep going and get things done, and thats what I intend to do.
The experience of the work placement was so valuable and I’m happy I’ll be going back there again at the end of this month. It was the installation of a printmaking exhibition I was helping out with. They gave me a fair bit of responsibility and I got very involved in all aspects of putting on a show, from issues of insurance to measuring out where the prints were to go.
‘The Writing on Your Wall’ is a travelling exhibition of print works and is on show in Stirling until the 26th of May. Go see it at the Changing Room and compliment me on my expert ability of hanging a picture straight. 😉
Having not slept properly toward the lead up to my deadline and having walked all round Glasgow on the Monday of that week, I was pretty much exhausted after spending Tuesday – Friday installing this exhibition. But its a good feeling of adrenaline when you’re on the move so much.
Getting some real gallery experience has got me properly thinking about what I want to do after I graduate and what aspect of Fine Art I want to work in. There’s so much to consider. This will be the main issue of worry in my head this summer. Here we go.