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Community centre is bulldozed

There is profit in land but apparently no value in community.

Derelict public spaces are a common sight within small villages and towns around the UK. It seems to be impossible to keep these meeting places financially viable – they were once used as venues for parties, wedding receptions, exhibitions and discos but now that age as gone. “Essex County Council has sent bulldozers to the site… Read more

Essex County Council is the county council that governs the non-metropolitan county of Essex in England. It has 75 councillors, elected from 70 divisions, and is currently controlled by the Conservative Party. The council meets at County Hall in the centre of Chelmsford.

As of the 2011 census it serves a population of 1,393,600, which makes it one of the largest local authorities in England. As a non-metropolitan county council, responsibilities are shared between districts (including boroughs) and in many areas also between civil parish (including town) councils. Births, marriages/civil partnerships and death registration, roads, libraries and archives, refuse disposal, most of state education, of social services and of transport are provided at the county level.


Right Surveyors in Essex and North East London undertake various types of general practice surveying work, including Schedules of Condition and Dilapidation, Single Fault Assessments, Major Elements Surveys and Full Building Surveys.

What is this direction? What is ART?

Clouds over Morte Point

The problems of fragmentation and confusion that exist within more traditional art practices, such as painting and sculpture (in the broadest possible milieu) are mirrored in new art practices. Within these technological and new media categories, diverse concepts and imagery has been lumped together to form a hodgepodge of non-related methodologies and artworks.

What is this direction?

Sheep Skull

The meshing together of processes, unrelated imagery and the breaking down of barriers cannot be seen as a shortcut to intellectual credibility. The dedicated thought process that goes with the creative procedure should be one of intense reasoning. It is therefore unrealistic to expect the uneducated masses to use the computers prescriptive decision making to create ‘real art’. The birth of Photoshop has enabled everybody to create ‘non-intellectual’ versions of Rauschenberg (and Warhol) – this is not ART.


I am an old dinosaur – I am very confused. What is painting? wp.me/p1GVNQ-3T Leave a comment on the page and set me on the right course

— Peter Bright (@thiswindow)

Contemporary artists have extended the boundaries of painting considerably to include;  collage, different materials such as sand, cement, straw or wood for their texture. Juxtaposing images and materials, either as a collage, printing or painting is not simply a decorative … Continue reading ?

West Buckland Festival – painting exhibited called ‘Onions’

Onions

The picture above is of a painting exhibited in ‘The Gallery’ of the West Buckland Festival

“I very rarely get inspired to paint these days but I saw a painting by Renoir entitled ‘Onions’ at the Royal academy last week and decided to give it a go.”

Renoir’s paintings are renowned for his painterly effects – vibrant light and saturated colour  (often depicting people in intimate and candid compositions). The female nude was one of his favourite subjects. In characteristic Impressionist style, Renoir suggested the details of a scene through freely brushed touches of colour, so that his figures softly fuse with one another and their surroundings.

He was influenced by the use of colour by Eugène Delacroix and the luminosity of Camille Corot. He also admired the realism of Gustave Courbet and Édouard Manet, and was an admirer of Edgar Degas.

“My painting ‘Onions’ is nothing like the Renior but… The skin of the red onions were iridescent like the back of a beetle, shimmering and layered in colour.”

Still Life

The photograph above was the starting point for the painting as was taken with a Pentax K01

Drawing from 1978 – exhibited in Illfracombe as part of a major event

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The image above is a drawing I did in 1978, which is part lithograph and part sketch in oils. It is now part of an exhibition in the coastal town of Ilfracombe.

Over this weekend, in the Landmark Pavilion, Sea Ilfracombe will be hosting a major event, which will include exhibitions from professional artists, as well as artwork from Ilfracombe’s schools and community college.

Don’t steal my art – you rat!

Dead Rat in Roof Guttering by This Window

There are people out there who will steal, copy and adapt your art for their own gain – this is not plagiarism it is theft.

Plagiarism is defined in dictionaries as the “wrongful appropriation,” “close imitation,” or “purloining and publication” of another author’s ” language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions,” and the representation of them as one’s own original work, but the notion remains problematic with nebulous boundaries.

These thieves are vermin, they are annoying and like their namesakes rats – they belong in the gutter.

They always say that imitation is a form of flattery.

A  rat’s ability to learn, has been investigated to see if they exhibit general intelligence like larger or more complex animals…the one in the above photograph wasn’t, it is now food for the flies.

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Offset – North Devon Art – #printmaking

I will be exhibiting at least three new prints at an exhibition called, ‘Offset‘. Offset is an exhibition of prints by North Devon Artists at West Buckland School which starts March 5th.

Offset printing is a commonly used printing technique in which the inked image is transferred (or “offset”) from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. When used in combination with the lithographic process, which is based on the repulsion of oil and water, the offset technique employs a flat (planographic) image carrier on which the image to be printed obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a water-based film (called “fountain solution”), keeping the non-printing areas ink-free.

“I keep thinking about George Braque who learnt artificial wood graining from his time as a decorator; the story goes that he taught Picasso and these painted renderings of wood surface became a staple of cubism.” Read more…
It is going to  be ‘fun’ to present a body of new prints, supported by a few images, drawings I did from  nearly 40 years ago. Some of the earlier drawings etc. are very similar to what is still being produced today. It might be interesting to see the chronological journey – maybe the viewer will say “I can do better than that”. I was tempted do a series of figures – I wanted to make them more than just ‘people studies’. I’m bored with ‘quick click’ ‘n ‘quick fix’ –  (modus operandi – these new prints will be the real statement and the paintings a re-hash of old tricks – shhh!).

Offset printing. (2012, February 24). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07:19, February 25, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Offset_printing&oldid=478643622

Woodcuts = Web sites

“I have begun to think about printing again. The image above is of the first two colors of a woodcut I have started to do. I have decided to walk away from the computer, with its prescriptive software and universal … Continue reading ?

 

29 years ago today

Twenty Nine years ago I played live at Exeter College of Art and Design – The only reason I remember this is because it also happened to be my birthday.

The video (give it 30 seconds to get rid of the images) was shot on a VHS machine.

Details from Wikipedia below:

Finish The Story were formed in Evesham (UK) in 1981. The original members were Nicola Mumford, Garry Smout and Peter Bright (aka This Window).

Formed as a cathartic reaction to the death of Nicola’s boyfriend and with only a handful of songs, a home-made video and under rehearsed, Finish The Story appeared for a one-off gig at The Phoenix Club, in Great Malvern (UK) as the support act for The Dancing Did

A review of the gig appeared in ZigZag (magazine) written by Sara Jones who said,

“Finish The Story’s debut gig was better than the second coming of Jesus Christ.”

With only a few gigs to their credit they supported The Cure at Hammersmith Odeon. Their first release was on Gunfire and Pianos (SITU 17) released by ZigZag/Situation Two

‘Offset’ – West Buckland School – #printmaking

I will be exhibiting at least three new prints at an exhibition called, ‘Offset‘. Offset is an exhibition of prints by North Devon Artists at West Buckland School which starts March 5th.

Below are a couple of my most recent exhibition contributions:

Here is an image of mine that was exhibited at The Alabama Art Kitchen (An Art Collective) 2626 University Blvd. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, USA, during February 2012.


Peter Bright @ Cheim & Read

The Church of England

This is the print of mine that was exhibited at Cheim & Read, 547 W 25th Street, NY. (January 2012)

I was delighted to be included in this exhibition which also featured artworks by Jeff Koons, Yoko Ono, John Waters, Donald Baechler, Marilyn Minter, Ed Ruscha, Polly Apfelbaum, Adam Fuss  and Kiki Smith.

My #mailart at The Alabama Art Kitchen

Here is an image of mine that was exhibited at The Alabama Art Kitchen (An Art Collective) 2626 University Blvd. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, USA, during February 2012.

The mission statement of the Alabama Art Kitchen is to provide studio space and equipment for local artists – as well as provide a venue for exhibitions, classes and workshops. They are committed to nurturing creativity, volunteerism and access to the art experience, to increase the interest and involvement of the local Tuscaloosa arts community.

The gallery is open from Thursday-Saturday 4-9 pm or by appointment and the space is open to members daily.

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