At our April meeting members showed work on their current projects. As usual at these meetings the work displayed the variety of our interests and approaches and gave us lots of exciting work.
The session moved from the hidden world of West Africa in the 1970s shown in part of an extensive archive, to Camden market where we saw characterful environmental portraits and to Westminster for some unexpected views of the Abbey. This journey was made via a book on the streets of London where we were encouraged to see red and a series of pictures of beaches as a backdrop for human interaction and non-interaction. Not forgetting a trip to Cockfosters in the company of a (female) Salvador Dali!
We looked at the art of looking with a series of images from the Frieze Masters exhibition of people looking – and usually not looking – at the pictures. We considered the notion of self-portraiture in images of people in China using selfie sticks to more considered portraits in reflective surfaces which hid as much as revealed the self.
We were immersed in the natural world of trees and then moved to ponder colour, and texture in semi abstract pictures of that most urban thing a skip. We were also invited to consider the sculptural qualities of an image. Finally we had the fascinating experience of seeing an antique violin being repaired.
Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th May at 18.45 at the usual venue – The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queens Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The theme will be Mirror – a subject which lends itself to a variety of interpretations. Be as inventive as you like! Please bring along any work you wish to share on a memory stick or in print or book form.
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