Archive for July, 2011

July 28, 2011

Living With Wolfie and other adventures

Tamany Baker - Living With WolfieOver the years I have often ogled over the exhibitions and workshops advertised in Prema’s four-monthly timetable, which somehow lingers around the kitchen table long after it is out of date. But the small art space in Uley seemed so out of the way and the workshops always seemed to conflict with either my finances or with my other commitments, and so I was never able to experience as much as I had wanted.

Living With Wolfie - Tamany BakerI heard about Tamany Baker’s exhibition in the newsletter several months ago and made a note to myself to visit. Living with Wolfie seemed such an exciting project, transforming the ‘gifts’ from her cat Wolfie into shrines which are reminiscent of the ways in which Victorians decorate photographs of loved ones with locks of hair or seasonal flowers. Encased in identical bronze painted frames and grouped in threes and fours along the corridors and seating area, the photographs provided a trail throughout the exhibition as if stalking a path of destruction. This collaboration between artist and feline results in some stunning imagery, featuring macabre corpses arranged and photographed with such delicate attention that they are transformed from something squeamish to something astonishingly beautiful.

Living With Wolfie - Tamany BakerDuring my visit I was also able to see the oversized paintings of Colossal Cats by Angela Lizon, a series of incredibly intense images based transforming posters of kitsch kittens into something substantial. The result is something not unlike unease. The humour of pedigree cats dressed in little wigs or headdresses lost, creating something quite disturbing and, perhaps overall, bizarre.

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July 25, 2011

Architects of Air Luminarium

When I discovered Taurus Crafts was the temporary home of a luminarium this week I couldn’t help but approach apprehensively. Whilst filled with an ecstatic desire to lose myself in the wonder of a colourful inflatable structure, I was wary of safety following an incident several years ago where a similar structure wasn’t tied down properly and took to the skies causing several deaths and serious injuries. Logically, I knew this tragic event would have prompted a health and safety overhaul and now it would in fact be safer than ever, but I nevertheless armed myself with a pen knife and a compass in case the worst happened. And sure enough I was reassured once inside when I realised there appeared to be zips forming emergency exists every five metres or so, leaving me free to enjoy the experience.

In any case, the atmosphere inside this womblike structure is so comforting that any concerns were transformed into awe, the outside world forgotten and discarded as a dull, desaturated land. I was lucky enough to come at a time so I could enjoy the Luminarium in its mostly empty state, loosing myself in swaying corridors before larger crowds of bustling people joined. Barefoot, they wandered around like children, seemingly lost in a haze of colour, eyes wide and mouth agape with dreamy smiles.

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