Transitions November, Newlyn Gallery, week two. Nov 2013 until 16th
Upstairs Jonty Lees has placed attractively all the way round the beautiful gallery different pieces of wood, some coloured, different sizes and shapes. Visitors are invited to make a sculpture by placing their selections together and he will then take a photo, as the wood will be re-used for other compositions by other people.
He has a video of his small daughter doing this also.
Its tempting and not too taxing for people as there is no mess, and somehow he links this with work he has had at Trelliske on a residency beside Doctors who are seeking to tell us all that being outside in fresh air is good for us. There is a link for Jonty between their ways of looking at data and how variedly the visitors will assemble what they are given to play with.
Its like a much more sophisticated lego but with no joining bits and its very enjoyable.
Downstairs Janet McEwan and Ann Haycock have ‘We are not petrified’, a title I love, which refers to the dancers of Merry Maidens local stone circle fame. They have films of dance, wigs to make you feel different, a poet coming in also, a toy accordion I enjoy having a go on , and a pile of handbags the maidens have put aside while they dance.
There were two delightful 16mm projectors when I was there, so stoutly built and making a lovely sound, and Janet was projecting a loop onto and round a handheld stone which was an unusual idea. and the stone was scraping the emulson off the film.
So again it was very playful and fun and an Ithell Colquhoun [1906-88]
painting of a sort of sexual surrealist kind had been borrowed from Penlee.
Much discussion re technology, why people like film rather than digital, etc.
Two more weeks of Transitions, I hope lots of folk will drop in there.