Thursday, 27 May 2010

Coming up!

One half of Calm Air All Ice is going to be showing her work as part of Here Today, Gone Tomorrow- a show curated by Fiona Cassidy, who took part in 'Fifty Two'.

The other half of Calm Air All Ice has been showing her work as part of 'Knit one, Purl one' at Touchstones gallery in Rochdale.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Sophie Jones

Just popping in to let you know that Sophie Jones, one of our stars from 'fifty-two' has an exhibition on at the moment at the Bath Spa Gallery, in the University Campus of Weston College. The exhibition runs til the end of this week, and you can find more info on the facebook group: Bath Spa Gallery at Weston College

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

52 - it's all over!

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We're back! The show was SO much fun - thanks to everyone who turned out for the private view ( and the daytimes following) Installing the show was slightly overwhelming to start - where to begin? It was exciting searching through, hanging, re hanging, and finally stepping back once it was all up - thankfully it all fitted in and (we think) looked wonderful!

Here's some links to a few bits and own little post, inky goodness (already posted on the blog by dave bain) a post by kirsty hall who created a piece '52 drawings for claire and camilla' especially for the show and installed it over an epic two days! Susan did some interviews with both me and camilla over on here blog too!

We'll keep updating throughout the week with more pictures and bits from the show!

Saturday, 3 April 2010

52 mini interviews: Elin Thomas

Name: Elin Thomas
Location :Bristol
Age: 42


How would you describe your work?
At the moment I'm into making textile based pieces. I'm an avid crocheter and interested in the possibilities of the technique and using it in a playful way.

What are you currently working on?

Faux moulds....the furry kind. Not as easy as you think to create an organic look.

Where do you find inspiration for our work?

Stumbling about in the woods. Other artists and makers. The macro experts on Flickr.

3 artist/ designers you love.

Joana Vasconcelos. - Thee Queen of crochet. We miss out a lot on great European artists here in the UK.

Lisa Paterson -  Jeweller from. Fresh look

52 mini interviews: Dave Bain

Name: Dave Bain 
Location: Bristol 
Age: 26

How would you describe your work?

I try and bring colour and fun to my work as well as a positive and cheerful sense to my paintings and drawings.

What are you currently working on?
Several projects for some up-and-coming music groups, doing album cover work and installation images.  Also, working on some children's story ideas.
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
I love looking through reference books, bric-a-brac shops and finding music that creates images in my head.

3 artists/designers you love and why!:
Saelee Oh I've only recently come across this lady and can't get enough of her beautiful use of shapes and textures.

Russell Cobb His conceptual imagery is simply astonishing.

Temujin Doran Long-term friend, photographer, film-maker and drawer of stunning line images.  Total leg end.
3 things that make you smile:
1) People's favourite biscuit choices
2) Falling asleep with my hand between the pages of a book.
3) Holding hands

Do you have any other upcoming exhibitions/shows etc:
5th - 29th August 2010
Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London

2nd - 12th September 2010
EAST Gallery, Brick Lane, London

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Inkygoodness Review of 'Fifty-two'

Calm Air All Ice presents 'Fifty-two'

Calm Air All Ice is a collaborative project between artists Claire Platt and Camilla Stacey and hats off to them, as they've put on a remarkable exhibition fitting 52 illustrators & artists into the smallest gallery of Bristol. Running only until Saturday 3rd April (Noon - 4pm (5.30pm: Sat. only)) the show comprises of up to three pieces each, from the represented image-makers.

Carefully and sensitively hung, the curators lead the viewer on a lively journey around the enclosed space. It's quite the showcase of some of Claire and Camilla's favourite artists, which is reflected in the enthusiasm behind the associated blog, mini-interviews and overall promotion of this exhibit. The windows are adorned with intriguing constructed work, from delicate strung together drawings, to fragile and beautiful 3D sculptural work.

You are then led through a set of pieces all created on unusual surfaces or in unusual ways: dinner trays, odd bits of wood (Amanda Blake's piece caught my eye right away), rounded fabric frames, old photos and woolen sculptures (Claire Platt's own work). Genevieve Dionne has included three of her woodburnt pieces, featuring her twisted versions of creatures - a delight to see in real life.

(Genevieve Dionne)

Bjorn Lie's enormous print starts off the next wall, which continues this snapshot of contemporary illustration. Prints, detailed drawings and semi-abstract art all sit comfortably together, some pieces left open to interpretation, while others, like "Beware Of Yellow Snow" (Dave Bain) are out to amuse.

(Dave Bain)

The final side of 'room 212' is covered with primarily unframed work, ranging from very immediate sketches and photo collage work to the lively colours of Peskimo prints, Debbie Hill's cut-outs, Patrick Gildersleeves oriental based work and Lizzie Stewart's stunning drawings, just to pick out a few.

(Patrick Gildersleeves)

It is remarkable. A brilliant show, with work already selling. If you are in Bristol and have a chance to see it, don't miss out!

(words: Dave Bain on behalf of Inkygoodness)

(Various photos from the opening evening)

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