Thursday, 19 September 2019

To Me, To You - Mick Peter - The BALTIC

"Mick Peter’s playful installations incorporate imagery influenced by illustration and commercial art. To Me, To You draws on archetypes of the artist in a narrative sequence about a sculpture being produced and displayed in a gallery.

Peter references how abstract modern sculpture has sometimes been used to represent the incomprehensibility of art in editorial illustrations in newspapers and magazines. By showing the imagined decisions being taken in a studio Peter wittily undermines the significance and authority of the finished sculpture."

We begin by walking through the gallery office, the administration centre of the gallery and then enter the corridor-like expanse that is split into a number of booths, each a different scenario in the artist's studio tracking the development of activities on the day that the art handlers have come to collect his work.

As the narrative develops, one realises that, as the art handlers struggle to move the sculpture, the artist adapts its shape so as to make it easier to carry.

I appreciate the understated simplicity of the work which complements the cartoon-like style of Peter's monochrome drawings. The humour within the work is coupled with an intelligent understanding of the contemporary art world.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Collage cut outs

I spent an afternoon cutting out sections of colour and patterns from magazines, and then enjoyed placing them on top of each other to create interesting compositions. I intend to create some collages from these later this week. Here are a few of my initial experiments.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Latest eyesore progress from marginendeavour

Once Upon a Space, exhibition by Helen Edling, Kat Auld and Sarah Tulloch

GOLDTAPPED, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne
5th - 16th August
Finnisage 6 - 8pm 15th August

During a 14 day residency in the gallery Helen Edling, Kat Auld and Sarah Tulloch worked together as part of artists’ collective Once upon a Space. 

The three artists work with found, ephemeral and contingent materials and explore everyday and unexpected playful juxtapositions of material. The photographic and the sculptural are preoccupations as is the ‘drawn’ line whether that be explored through 3d pens, ink or the scalpel knife. 

Auld works with ephemeral projects and photography, Edling with sculpture and drawing and Tulloch with collage and video. 

The artists focused on rhizomic forms including plant roots and 3D pen technologies.


The artists wanted to blur the boundary between artist and audience, to encourage participation but also to allow unexpected things to happen and work in a way that was open to that chance element. They encouraged other artists in the building to participate, for example by touching, re-arranging and commenting on the work. 

The gallery is located the heart of the studios; meaning that most of the visitors and studioholders walk through it to reach their destination. I found it fascinating to witness the presence of the artists working away in the gallery as I moved through the space on numerous occasions to and from my studio. This encouraged interaction and dialogue, and I had some really meaningful conversations with the artists as they worked. 

I also benefited from getting an insight into the working practice of one of the NewBridge studioholders (Sarah Tulloch) and being introduced to some new artists (Helen Edling and Kat Auld). It is rare for any of the NewBridge artists to have exhibitions in the gallery, and so was really useful to learn more about Sarah's practice, gain a better understanding of her areas of research and further the possibilities for constructive dialogue in the future. The setup of the exhibition made for an interesting model that could be repeated.

As for the work itself, I was taken by their approach to materials, the use of the cardboard, the juxtaposition of colours and expanded drawing practices. Process was integral to the work.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Newcastle University MFA Degree Show 2019

Each August the Newcastle University Master of Fine Art students take over the Fine Art building and fill the beautiful studio spaces that span over five floors. The result is unique and often site-specific work that makes the most out of the large-scale spaces, with the addition of the newly renovated Hatton Gallery.

Fourteen students from both year 1 and 2 exhibited work across the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation, and new media. The show was curated in collaboration with Turner-prize nominated artists Jane and Louise Wilson.

Exhibitors were:

Alice Adams, Eleanor Curry, Carole McCourt, Jenny Mc Namara, Rebecca Reed, Yan Yin, Ella Jones, Sophia Juergens, Darryn Sharpe, Genevieve Stone, Zenaira Mahmood, Wan-Chen Chan, Sara Palmer, Valeriia Savina

I enjoyed the diversity of the exhibition, and there was some very strong work. The luxury of having such beautiful studio and gallery spaces to work in and then exhibit in obviously had a beneficial effect on the work produced. I look forward to seeing how these artists continue to develop as they, in the case of the 1st years, move into their final year of the MFA or for the graduating students, leave the educational establishment.

Carole McCourt

Jenny McNamara

Jenny McNamara

Zenaira Mahmood

Eleanor Curry

Eleanor Curry

Sara Jane Palmer

Genevieve Stone

Genevieve Stone

Sophia Juergens

Sophia Juergens

Sophia Juergens

Sophia Juergens

Sophia Juergens

Sophia Juergens

Sophia Juergens

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

EYESORE - latest progress by marginendeavour

It's been a while since marginendeavour last worked on our billboard, so it is great to be back on it and making progress with its development.

Here's the latest from our session yesterday. 

More to come later today...

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Last day of Cheeseburn Open Weekends 2019

Today is the final day that Cheeseburn will be open to the public in 2019.

Come today to experience

- 72 sculptures around the grounds 
- Pop up design shop with Sustainable Ceramics selling a range of ceramic bird boxes

- Pop up design shop featuring work by Yvette Hawkins

- Video installation by Bennett Hogg and Merrie Snell in the Chapel
- Louise Plant 'Regatta' exhibition in the Stables Gallery
- a delicious range of refreshments including cakes, salads and the epic sausage rolls sold in the cafe

Be sure not to miss out!