Central London Group June 2018 Meeting

‘Still life’ may have seemed like a rather conservative choice of theme for this session but thirteen of us proved that very wrong. Sure, decaying white and red roses were sadly beautiful, prompting a voicing of Blake’s ‘Sick Rose’, and there were oranges in traditional manner but the words ‘still life’ also brought a set of very motionless people (‘he’s still – I think he’s alive’), abandoned oddments in the street, ‘as found’ arrangements in shop displays, and the ‘fossil’ trace of a leaf on the pavement. Domestic objects were multiplied and over-layered in photoshop, a tiny ‘sort-of-temporary-stent’ was shown on a plain background losing all sense of scale, close-ups of stacked dried autumn leaves and of crisps, common, almost negligible things, revealed fascination in the normally unseen spaces within the stack, two red peppers balanced one on t’other against the black curve of a chair back, oranges and black-decayed bananas viewed through a window of mouldy lemons – and more, and more.

One of the best sessions. The next is dedicated to Fitzrovia, that area north of Oxford Street, south of the Euston road, east of Portland Place, west of Tottenham Court Road. Maybe that will be more prosaic. Maybe not.
Peter Luck

Kathryn and Roy Atkins

Janet Nabney

Jim Paterson

Anna Lerner

Alec Wyllie

Krystina Stimakovits

Dorota Boisot

Chris Burrows

Simon Butcher

Frankie McAllister

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 11th July at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT.
The theme is a little different from normal, concentrating on a particular area of London – Fitzrovia – see above. Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.

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