Friday, 2 February 2018

Doorways Exhibition and from gallery to gallery news of Russian trip!

An old blog unposted......
It's a wonderful thing to work with a good team and thank you to George and Victoria for creating the book with design consultant Jonathan How.
They are working so hard and still keeping me in the loop!
Barbara Santi's initial idea to develop the 2012 show into this amazing project, really paid off and we have many other people to thank along the way! The book is creating a pressured but interesting space for this reflection. 
It highlights the benefits and disadvantages of working from home and self employment, and working with an indecisive and scatty creative director with a very poor filing system!!
We always intend to archive and then something more 'present' comes along, we have been refused an application which could have revoluntionised our systems but, 'heyho and on we go!' and thank you to everyone who has to put up with me!
Yesterday we watched a film of the show, thank you Lou, and Steve came in to finish portrait photos.

Jonathan by Steve Tanner

I have been searching back through this blog which works well as a memory and diary for us.
George is off to America for 3 weeks! i have been doing my Book Homework and an old friend has an invitation to Russia for me, and maybe in the future some of the company! fingers crossed it will happen and off to Moscow Tretyakov Gallery for a talk and showing films! at the end of March. I hope to take Anna with me...

Todays blog:
from one Gallery to Another:
Anna and I head of to The Exchange Gallery Engine Room today to hang the Doorways Celebration Exhibition with dear friend Oli Raymond Barker. Oli has been part of a collaborative group exploring work at Back Lane West residencies over 3 years! and is a beautiful sensitive photographer,
(he and his wife Zeph also used to lodge with us in our Blue Hut - small world).
He also happens to be a technician installing exhibitions at various galleries, so are looking forward to working with him. And as you have probably realised if you read these ramblings, i need people around me with patience and skill to translate what i try to do and say!

So yesterday after having struggled to write a short Resume of Shallal and myself?! for the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow,  
(this required asking another child to help me, Mary is 23 and has a degree - i can see how family businesses start! - she kindly gave me notes and feedback).
I heard back that they will pay for my travel and visa, they are holding a festival 26, 27, 28 March, we will stay with our good friend Olga Klodt who is an icon painter. 
Her work was included in Modern Icon Exhibition held in 1989 in the Znamensky Cathedral in Moscow and she now teaches in Moscow and Jerusalem.

 Love the first Value of the Tretyakov Gallery which is.....
"We believe that art, enlightenment and creativity change people's lives for the better."

The gallery holds some of the most famous of Russian icons

and also one of Anna's favourite artists at present:

Yesterday afternoon while Colin was mounting drawings, Zoe and Toby were involved in last minute art!
The best often comes at the last and i take comfort in having heard that Turner was still 'painting' his paintings that were already hung just before an exhibition!

So off we go with packed car to see which treasures we can hang!

Excited for next Saturday:
 to hear dear Skye sing, always a treat, she will perform for 20 minutes, 
we also have approx 15-20 minutes of dance extracts from the shows 
and some of the wonderful poetry 
throughout the 2 hour opening!
As well as the book!
                                 Thanks to The Tanner Trust for funding the book.

Hope to see you there!

I uploaded this, checked my emails and found helpful information from George about film loops, ending with this....short video of:

...(George) throwing a pan of boiling water into -17 degree bone dry arctic cold Minnesota air!....... 

I love the blog for being able to share this with you to!

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