This week has felt quite hectic, on Tuesday evening the interim show opened, it was interesting to see the works all together – some were very much completed, but others were clearly unfinished. I think when confronted with an exhibition, most people felt as though they needed to present something, and so rather than entering something the was really unfinished/up to date, sort of backtracked to hand in something they’d already moved on from. I think I’m personally guilty of that, although I’m not sure what I would have offered otherwise as the painting I’m working on currently only started to take shape after I’d had a meeting with the curation team. Logistically I think it was quite hard to give them something in the making or an idea of something not yet started because of the logistical considerations.
There was a really good meeting on the Wednesday attended by local artists/creatives,It was really helpful to get an idea of what the curation team’s thought process was, talk about the authenticity of work that was not yet made and whether we should hold unfinished works to the same standard that we hold final pieces to. I recorded the dialogues between everyone, so will hopefully get a chance soon to look back on the recordings and make some notes. When discussing my work, I was asked if it was finished and what I’d add to it – I started talking about how technically I’d work into the painting more, and one of the dyad sisters commented that conceptually, then, it was all tied up. I hadn’t really thought of it like this before. I think the idea stage finished before I’d even started painting, so this is definitely something to keep in mind – trying to work something out through painting rather than display an already formed idea.
After this discussion we organised a meeting between the editorial and curation teams. It was really refreshing, not just to hear their ideas surrounding the interim show, but about future ideas and comments on the institution. I think because we had all just come from the exhibition space, the thoughts were all really fresh, and we got to discuss quite extensively how we are prepared as students to go out into the art world. There was a really strong suggestion that the curation team thought that we were not given a good platform for criticism, and that although we are encouraged to discuss works, often there is a real reluctance to bring up negative feedback. I think, aside from being a criticism of the art institution, that this is really relevant, because when we approach galleries etc in the future, they will be a lot more honest about pieces not working.
I recorded the conversation, and so in terms of the editorial, I think once we’ve had time to reflect and obviously edit the conversation, it might be nice to include as an interview piece – alongside or in place of a review of the show. I’m really excited to be able to focus on the publication more, as in the few short meetings we’ve had we’ve made really good progress.
I had my 3rd year presentation this week too, I was really apprehensive about it, but in the end only a handful of people showed up, so I felt a lot more comfortable discussing my work within a small group. I felt the format of the presentations worked a lot better this way, after we had all presented we were able to sit and have a really in-depth discussion rather than the usual questions and answers when there is a large audience. The feedback I received was really positive, and people were really enthusiastic about the painting in progress. There were a lot of suggestions about time, and photographs and memory, which is something I’d really like to explore.
My painting is also progressing – I’m really happy with the way it looks, but a bit unsure as to whether or not it is finished. I think it will probably remain more or less the same – although I and to try and work into a few details like the hands and faces.