Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Transitions, Newlyn Gallery, November 2013

Transitions November 2013 at newlyn Gallery

So what .. is going on at Newlyn?
Its all very folksy and spiritual, shamanic and flakey as a filo pastry-but is it as tasty?
Its the filling that attracts, Kate Waters very beautiful watercolour paintings of strange animals. Sue Bleakeley’s quirky materials, copper wire, black and red plastic, and downstairs corn dolly off shoots..
They’ll talk to you, but note to self to try to offer seating and refreshments if doing these things.
Most amazingly Sue brought in a friend and gave her some space, Alexandra Karrasch, who is drawing with an electric drill and carbon paper.

So, it comes down to if you happen to like it, like any art show.

The main thing I take from it is that we have art just as odd, worthwhile etc. here as anywhere and its a pity so little time is given to it and so much to the more famous, apparently, from elsewhere-their shows go on and on and on, and they themselves are absent, these transitions are over so quickly its difficult to catch them but the artists are here, a great treat to talk to them.

There is lovely Greek orthodox music and a table of books - Giotto, dreams etc.etc.
I feel at first total incomprehension, onions ?- flames, a black and red thing I like but Sue says its negative and the blue cocoons are about water.

I ask downstairs why do all this and get a surprise
answer that the artist likes working with corn stalks. Anne-Marie Culhane puts on performances, outside parliament for example, but with no leaflets or notices so you can’t tell what they mean. She is aware of politics re big companies controlling seed supply etc. but none of this gets into the work. the corn mask strikes me as menacing, but not seen like this by the artist, who says a bit wearily when i speak of face hiding burkha’s that people keep saying that.

Do they want us to comment? I’m not sure. but it makes a strange morning and the cafe is welcome with its fantastic ocean view.

3 more varied weeks to go.

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