Wow, it has been a crazy week for me! I made the decision to get myself ‘out there’ more so from now I will attend more private views and exhibitions. It’s a great way to check out just what is happening in this fantastic city and meet some exciting people too. Besides creating art, I wanted to dedicate my time to searching for impressive works and talking with all kinds of people who also love checking out what’s new.
My first outing was on the 15th of October when I went to see the incredible show at White Cube Gallery in Bermondsey. The work on display was by Larry Bell. I was blown away! Often I have been asked when was the last time I had seen an exhibition that really impressed me. I think I can probably answer that question now.
(It was very tough for me to answer in the past because, and I hate to say this, I haven’t been impressed by a lot of work for some time. It seemed to me that many have been doing copies of other artists with a small twist and it was all beginning to look rather same-y if I am totally honest.)
But Larry Bell`s work and his show have completely inspired me!
Consequently there seems to be a lack of interest in searching for something really unique. Some curators, art critics and gallery administrators seem to have really lost their minds. How can you give a prize and so much power to an artist who doesn't have a sense of challenge, a love and courage for experiment, nor an understanding of colours? It seems like the knowledge of shape, the language of pigment and the romantic vision filled with soul seems to have vanished. Is everybody really talking about other people’s pains and not their own, because they know they have been lucky enough not to experience it? It’s just a thought.
I think personally that if you don’t have that story then let the people whose pain is burning deeper create work. Exceptionally sensitive people are the only ones who can create something truly outstanding and authentic, in my opinion. Have we all forgotten who really helped us to reach this current stage? Who really inspired us to grow and push the boundaries? Who really taught us that there was no impossible and the possible is always within reach? Can you imagine what Michelangelo or Leonardo Da Vinci would feel if they are looking down on us? How have we taken their genius creations to the next level? I think we all are going backwards and not forward. Where is the genius creativity?
Anyway, lets go back to Larry Bell paintings. The way he played with the colorful papers and creating the illusion game of landscapes was incredible. He has got the understanding of social culture's needs. An artist who truly pushes the boundaries.
Adding to all of this arty drunkenness suddenly I noticed in the crowd one of the most established artists right now. He was Sir Peter Blake, the Godfather of British Pop Art. I went across and told him how honored I felt to have met him. I asked him if he would mind having his picture taken with me and he kindly accepted. I offered him one of my business cards and he said smiling: “This is one of the most unique cards I ever seen.” That made me feel so proud.
A few days later I went to see the Frieze Art Fair and the day after, The Other Art Fair.
My opinions on that? more to come...