Sunday, November 11, 2018

Life Post-Exhibition

Hey, did you hear? I had an exhibition! No really, I did! It was an amazing experience.

From the end of August to the end of the exhibition on the 27th October, my head was down and I prioritised like an army general. I had to put to one side anything that didn't directly have anything to do with Dave and/or the exhibition in an effort to get everything ready in time. To say I had blinkers on would be an understatement, to the point where all I could see was the small light at the end of the tunnel that was the exhibition.

And after? Well, darlings I had been warned that I would crash and burn and I'm grateful to those who shared their post-exhibition experiences with me. I would have been seriously worried otherwise. The first week after the end, I managed to put my onesie on and brush my teeth. Outside of that, nothing much else happened. I didn't help that the day after the Private View, Dave had cycle 5 of his chemotherapy. Dealing with either the exhibition or Dave's chemo would be hard enough; together...yeah...I had to pull energetic resources from wherever I could find them (though no Red Bull was consumed. That stuff is disgusting). I am deeply grateful for the support I received through this time. People stepped up and took over when I couldn't. 

The exhibition was called: The Speed of Colour: an abstract encounter with astrophotography. Chris and I were very lucky to have the exhibition as part of the annual Norwich Science Festival and on Saturday 27th, we did a presentation to a small group about our process and the science behind the work. 

Chris sold a piece and quite a few others on the back of the show, I didn't sell anything. In all honesty, I'm not disappointed. I did the exhibition because I wanted to know that I could. I could learn what I needed to know, engage with art and science in a meaningful way and ultimately, that people would consider my work. Which they did. The Private View on the 18th October was very well attended and people really did take the time to check out our work and engage with it and with us.

You will notice I make no mention of "like" or "dislike". The exhibition was about that, it was about getting my audience to take a moment to consider what's out there in the vast universe and the bigger questions that can come out of looking up at the night sky. Some people 'got' my intention, but didn't particularly appreciate the outcome and that was good too. Happily, no one said to my face "my 3 year old can do better than that." I took that away as a win. 

Following is my work that was included in the exhibition. Thanks to an amazing brain fart on my part, one of the pieces didn't get framed which I didn't realise until we were at the gallery, hanging paintings. By then, I was too far gone to worry. And truthfully, the work wasn't missed (whoops!).

On the Surface
Acrylic on board
3ft x 2ft

Starfield
Acrylic on board
3ft x 2 ft

3am Anywhere
Oil on board
3ft x 2 ft

Filters
Oil on board
3ft x 2ft

Continuance
Acrylic on board
3ft x 2ft


Triptych
Joy. Equanimity. Despair
Acrylic on Board
3 x 2ft x 3ft

Speed of Colour
Oil on board
3ft x2ft

Let There be Colour
Oil on board
3ft x 2ft

The Private View was an amazing experience. In fact, preparing and doing the exhibition was one of the most challenging, terrifying and exhilarating experiences. I now know I can do it...yes I'm already plotting....

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

10 comments:

  1. You did it! That's the important thing. Well done you!! xoxo

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  2. Great accomplishment! Well done! I especially like Filters.

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    1. Thank you.

      Filters was the first painting I did. I had to submit it to the gallery board for them to approve the exhibition.

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  3. So proud of you!! I really like 3 am Anywhere. *Really* like it. ^_^ xoxoxo

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    1. Thank you lovely.

      That was the painting that I loosened up and just went for it.

      After that, the work flowed so much more quickly.

      xx

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  4. "Let There Be Colour" and the triptych are great, but "3am Anywhere" is the standout for me, too.
    Bravo, you!

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    1. Thank you honey.

      It's an absolute bugger to have photographed!

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  5. Congratulations!!!

    They are so fantastic!

    My faves are definitely Starfield, Speed of Color, and Let there be Color. I love color!

    You did an amazing feat!

    Kudos!!!

    And Best wishes and good health to Dave!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked them.

      Now for my next trick....earning money!

      I will pass on your good wishes to him.

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Life Post-Exhibition

Hey, did you hear? I had an exhibition! No really, I did! It was an amazing experience. From the end of August to the end of the exhibiti...