These are some of the sketches we made when we visited a local woodland, Bowdown Woods. Continue reading Bowdown
A new project at Sticks Contemporary, Gosport
February – April 2018
Exhibition: 7 March – 14 April, Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm.
Artikinesis will be presenting a room-sized artwork exploring our relationship with trees.
Visitors can watch the artwork as it grows in the week before the exhibition opens, and later immerse themselves in the installation. Integrating painted and projected artwork with a haunting soundtrack composed for the work, it will be a calm space in an urban setting, a chance to contemplate what trees have to offer humanity. What answers do they hold to the problems we face as a species and as individuals? Should we be seeking to renew our acquaintance with our earthy, earthly companions? We owe the trees a great deal: since primeval times, these beneficial beings have cleansed our air; they have provided us with shelter, fuel, food and medicine. Do they speak among themselves? Do they seek to communicate with us?
Walk through our forest, be part of it and find new forest paths of your own.
Sticks Contemporary, Unit 15, Gosport Precinct, South Street, Gosport PO12 1HA
Artikinesis’ Basingstoke Project is currently on display upstairs at the Willis Museum in Basingstoke. We are sharing the building with Hampshire Cultural Trust’s Turner and the Sun touring exhibition (downstairs) until the 16th of December, so you might want to allocate a little extra time in order to catch both exhibitions.
2 – 22 December 2017
Tues to Friday, 10:00 to 17:00
Sat, 10:00 to 16:00
It was a good last day today, despite the rain. We had our busiest day to date, with well over 30 visitors in a shorter day than any other. There weren’t any new sales, but there were many interesting – and interested – people.
There was also a flotilla of kayakers who seemed to be having a lesson in the river Kennet immediately downstream of the Turbine House.
It was a delightful venue, and we’re not ruling out an Artikinesian return there at some point in the future…
Duncan Lawrey reads his poem, Texture, written in response to Adeliza’s Intelligent Congress, part of our exhibition at The Turbine House, Blake’s Lock, Reading.
Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock, off Kenavon Drive, Reading, RG1 3DH
(access through car park of the Bel and Dragon restaurant)
Exhibition opening times
Every day 17 Sept – 30 Sept: 10.00 – 18.00
Final day 1 October exhibition closes at 15.00
Just Thursday, Friday and a short Saturday left of Artikinesis at Blake’s Lock.
Today’s picture is a sketch, made during the exhibition’s run, of some of that handsome Victorian machinery that I mentioned yesterday.
So enquires the information board in the Turbine House. What can you see?
An interesting building, made to house fascinating technology. Fabulous views. And a selection of art and poetry that was made to evoke the space it currently inhabits.
Here’s a photograph.
And here’s the rest of the drawing (made from the opposite corner during a lull)
Artikinesis at Blake’s Lock, Reading.
Open 10 to 6 daily until 30 September, 10 to 3 on the final day, 1 October.
“I never saw a man who looked with such a wistful eye upon that little tent of blue which prisoners call the sky” – Oscar Wilde, The Ballad of Reading Gaol
I thought of Oscar Wilde, languishing behind bars on his prison plank just beyond the buildings of Blake’s Lock, as our own young poet, deep in his thoughts, took in the atmosphere of his surroundings. Come see the results of his musings, and our own painterly responses to poetry and place between 17 September and 1 October. Expect some very deep stuff.