Tag Archives: Mary Fletcher

Too Invisible a Narrative

Downstairs Chesney has a 3 screen video making a loud roaring sea sound. On the left a lighthouse, in the centre an arrow shape, on the right a buoy with flashing light, seen at various times of day and night. It makes an impression, the dangers at sea, the immense power of the sea is evoked. Upstairs she has acres …

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See my Body, Know my Mind

Three people said to be ashamed of their bodies are sent to stay on a Greek island with a larger group who are proud of how they look. This supposedly helps the worried 3 accept their bodies and be happier. By the end, the three bare all or almost all and go naked bathing with the confident. It’s interesting and …

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Portraiture captures far more than a person

This exhibition shows self–portraits of the Newlyn School artists alongside portraits by other artists, amusing caricatures and photographs with the addition of mini biographies. This results in unusual opportunities to see the artists in different ways and is far more interesting than I had anticipated. I found out that Tuke said Newlyn was ‘simply reeking with subjects’. Charles Naper was …

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Anima Mundi and Crypt Exhibitions Compared

Anima Mundi now has an attendant near the door who turns out to be one of the exhibitors, greets me, offers the information sheets and price list and is willing to discuss the work. The information is extensive and in rather small grey print. The blurb strikes me as contending for pseuds’ corner. At the bottom of page one a …

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Onya McCausland LANDSCAPES

From outside the show looks minimal. Several yellow ochre and red ochre canvasses with geometric designs, very carefully painted. One or two with organic branched designs. Some overhead plans of sites on the floor. On the back of the price list are grey small print details about mine sites and water treatment although the why and how are not clear. …

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The silence of Ani

This video is in black and white. The setting looks deserted and wild, spacious, grasses wave in the wind. There are fragments of masonry, something like a chapel, columns, carved words, an ancient site with no visitors, or only a few young people with bird whistles, making sweet trilling noises of various kinds, approaching and coinciding, falling into a rhythm …

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Un-childlike

Rose Wylie at 83 is having success as an artist. She is just as I would have imagined, a terribly middle class bohemian, messy, speaking in that perilously well educated quiet way. I find the work unpleasant, derivative of films without saying anything, clumsily faux naive and it’s been taken up with ridiculous enthusiasm. It has a certain vitality but …

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Middling Balm

Patrick Heron at Tate St.Ives Patrick Heron’s writing on art put the St.Ives artists into public view. It’s a very enjoyable show with captions featuring remarks Patrick Heron wrote about painting, about the need to achieve balance, about the way the edges of a painting are so important as the onlooker’s eyes look from them to different points in the …

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Volume 32 no 4 March / April 2018

Dreams Denied,Defied and now Defined – striving for fame by European editor Daniel Nanavati Interview with Jo Clarke about curating in St Ives in the past 20 years, with Derek Guthrie Sol LeWitt Demystified by Toronto editor Miklos Legrady Jane Addams Allen on Georgia O’Keeffe in 1986 Carol Levin’s Battleground Horse by Carol M Dupré Plagiarism in the world of …

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Rebecca Warren ‘All That Heaven Allows’

Rebecca Warren is the first artist to show in the new gallery at the Tate St Ives. Her work reminded me of bronzes made in the Bronze Age by the Nuraghic people in Sardinia. Not of their beautifully made, detailed yet simple forms of warriors and boats that are displayed so well in Caglieri Archaeological Museum, but of the crass, …

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