Central London Group May 2018 Meeting

The theme announced for this session was Amnesia, suggested with two things in mind: communal or political amnesia and the possibility that sometimes taking the photo wipes out all other detail of an experience. In the event most of us chose instead to concentrate on personal memory loss.

For some the fading memory of forbears was very directly symbolised by fading, blurring or blanking of faces or bodies from old photos. For others the approach was more metaphorical: images of foliage combined and slightly bleached; a sequence of images of a bed of forget-me-nots receding into darkness. The confrontation with death was hinted at in gently beautiful images from the sick room, not revealing their source except for an elegant loop of tubing in just one of them. The experience of dementia was imagined and visualised in gently unrecognisable abstract shapes, white on white.

And one meditation, necessarily un-illustrated, on the loss of communal memory and the photo as interference in memory.

All this occupied the first half of the evening. The second half was given to a group de-briefing on our recent exhibition, both the organisation and details of the installation. We probably emerged more conscious of the interaction of images and mounting / framing / dimensional options and also resolved to organise early. The venue for next year’s show is now booked and members are signing up to take part.
Peter Luck

Edith Templeton

Simon Butcher

Krystina Stimakovits

Anna Lerner

Janet Nabley

Jim Patterson

Alec Wylie

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 13th June at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
The theme will be Still Life. Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.

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