Seem to have bypassed September altogether. I enjoyed meeting David Sandum Artist in residence at Inverewe Garden. He started off with empty gallery walls creating work every day to fill up the space, no mean feat. His brightly coloured images were fresh and appealing. It’s always good to see how other artists make work. What a nice genuine fellow who was happy to talk to everyone about his work as well as sharing his mental health issues which he has managed to virtually overcome through his art practice. I look forward to meeting him again in a couple of years when he returns to Inverewe.
The next exhibition, after David, at the Sawyer Gallery Inverewe is a collaboration between six former residency artists entitled Wise Women and The Earth. Although all different in their art practices they managed to create a coherent exhibition using sculpture, words, song, storytelling, painting and research based material. For me the highlights were the Work of Joanne B Kaar who after researching folklore associated with Inverewe created a bag of lost mail which was beginning to turn up with letters from all over the world addressed to Osgood MacKenzie, who established Inverewe in the late 1800s, bearing plant seeds and other garden related bits and pieces. I also enjoyed listening to Dorje Khandro Dawid, singing and telling stories. Also a first for Inverewe is the sound installation made up of three movements throughout the garden.
The artists taking part in this exhibition are:
Lynn Bennet-Mackenzie Visual Artist
Ann Coomber Sculptor
Dorje Khandro Dawid Singer, Songwriter and storyteller
Mandy Haggith Wordsmith
Joanne B Kaar Research based artist
Kathy Sutherland Painter
More info can be found at Inverewe
Had a few days away last week and was able to visit the Linda McCartney exhibition of photographs at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. An interesting mix of family and celebrity photos all taken in a relaxed and intimate manner, Prior to this I visited the GOMA Glasgow but was yet again disappointed. I always find this gallery somewhat disjointed and difficult to follow the thread of the exhibitions. Maybe its just me.
Next day I went to the City Gallery Edinburgh and really enjoyed viewing the Victoria Crowe 50 Years of Painting exhibition. Could have done with a bit longer to really study her work and technique. Anyway I had really gone to Edinburgh to visit the Cut and Paste exhibition at the GOMA. This charted the history of early collage work up to the 20th century. I was delighted to be able to view an original Alberto Burri and enjoy his use of texture and subtle colour. Was a bit disappointed there was no work by Sandra Blow but there was plenty more to feast the eye. It’s all a bit of a blur now and don’t know why I haven’t a catalogue to refresh my memory. So that was my cultural trip but just have to mention one more outing which has nothing to do with art but needs a mention. I went with my daughter to Oran Mor, Byres Road, Glasgow to see The Music of Cream concert. The original band was one of my favourites in the late 60s and funnily enough my daughter remembers me playing their music when she was little. So this band is made up of the late Ginger Baker’s son, the son of Jack Bruce and nephew of Eric Clapton, all the original line up and the music was phenomenal. I have to say I think my daughter was the youngest person there.
So I’m now getting new work together for an exhibition around Easter next year as well a putting work into some local shows before Christmas.