A quick sketch of the iron bridge near Blake’s Lock. I was particularly fascinated by the growth in the end pillar. Buddleia has seeded itself in the crevices of the structure and has managed to grow profusely! It’s curious, but I love to see nature finding its way back into our often sterile man-made environment. Brian
I have discovered so much around the area of Blakes Lock, it has been a real surprise. In a strange way, although it oozes a sense of industrial grittiness and history, it has also been rather romantic, especially with Artikinesis’ own collaborative poet reciting in the background above the constant rush of pressured water underneath the Turbine Room.
My fellow artists’ enthusiasm and support has meant that, once again, we are creating a genuine response to our location and there is an either literal or enigmatic relationship between the site and the Artwork.
I think this exhibition is going to be very special, as it has been unpremeditated and immediate.
This is a prototype for the handmade books that we’ll be making for the Blake’s Lock exhibition. The covers and binding material will vary, but the books will all use a Japanese-style binding, and they will contain poems and woodcut prints based on artwork from our Blake’s Lock exhibition.
The poems are all written by an exciting young poet, Duncan Lawrey, who is working with us for this project. He is writing poems inspired by our artwork, and we are making woodcuts based on the same artwork. We are printing our woodcuts in a Japanese style, using the beautiful, translucent Kozo paper. The poems are to be printed onto another Japanese paper, Simili.
“The Screw” is Duncan’s poem for one of Amanda’s paintings, “Thomson Turbine”, which is shown below along with its woodcut print.
The books will be available to purchase at Blake’s Lock during the exhibition.
Artikinesis at Blake’s Lock 17 September – 1 October 2016
Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock,
Kenavon Drive, Reading, RG1 3DH