Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cover Versions and Perfectionism

Music artists tend to get to an age when they record cover versions, and I always saw that as a sign of a lack of creativity. There is another trend that affects artists too, wanting to update past work. That is something I can relate to.

This applies to visual artists too. Gradually as you learn, you improve, get better, better, and suddenly reach a step, when you look back at your earlier work and think... I could have done that so much better now. Of course, it's difficult to repaint a work, the feeling would be lost, but in many craft areas, such as framing and presentation, it's all too tempting to want to remake something. My first Love Reliquary was very much a learning process; my first attempt at gilding and many other things, so last year I decided to remake it, build a second one. Not only did the second one take half the time, it looks twice as good.

The thing is, this can be a never ending task, so every choice must be weighed.

Now, I find myself unlucky enough to look back in horror at much of my old work and how I've presented it. I want to reframe, restore and neaten my old artwork, at least 300 of them! As you might expect, rather than being a fun task it's an obsessive perfectionist nightmare, but it must be done.

We can't always run ahead, sometimes we must pause, reassess, neaten, perfect what we have. Legacy isn't only an artists' last work, but a lifetime's worth

Monday, September 25, 2017

ArtsLab S2 Ep.39: Tokyo

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Series 2 Episode 39: Tokyo
Broadcast Monday 25 September 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.

ArtsLab content is typically original, created by artists and poets for each episode.

Andrew Williams, Tokyo
Mash Collective, Metamorphosis Jam
Trixi Field, A Flock Of Bath Mamas
Lavinia Murray, Tokyo
Robert Burgess, Tokyo
Lavinia Murray, Ode To Yoko Ono
Mike Fuller, Todmorden Paradise
Mark Sheeky, Shades of Tangerine and Pink
Rebecca Cherrington, Tokyo
Stephen Pennell, Merry Xmas Mr. Lawrence

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/RedShiftRadio/playlists/artslab/

You can listen live during the broadcast on:
www.redshiftradio.co.uk

Monday, September 18, 2017

ArtsLab S2 Ep.38: Film Noir

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Series 2 Episode 38: Film Noir
Broadcast Monday 18 September 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.
Special guest Robert Burgess.

ArtsLab content is typically original, created by artists and poets for each episode.

Mark Sheeky, The Big Sleep
Andrew Williams, The Maltese Falcon
Ian Parr, Brief Encounter
Mark Sheeky, The Lineage Of Patrick Hamilton
Lavinia Murray, Practical Arrangement
Stephen Pennell, White Heat
Helen Kay, Car Windows
Rebecca Cherrington, Film noir
Steven Goodwin, Film Noir
Mark Sheeky, The Dream Killers

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/RedShiftRadio/playlists/artslab/

You can listen live during the broadcast on:
www.redshiftradio.co.uk

Monday, September 11, 2017

ArtsLab S2 Ep.37: Mirrors

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Series 2 Episode 37: Mirrors
Broadcast Monday 11 September 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.
Special guest Phil Williams.

ArtsLab content is typically original, created by artists and poets for each episode.

Lavinia Murray, Mirror Duplicates
Stephen Pennell, She's Gone
Andrew Williams, I'll Be Your Mirror
Mark Sheeky, Empty Spaces
Steven Goodwin, Mirrors
Helen Kay, Bathroom
Rebecca Cherrington, Mirrors
Andrew Williams, Mirror Images
Lavinia Murray, What The Mirror Saw

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/RedShiftRadio/playlists/artslab/

You can listen live during the broadcast on:
www.redshiftradio.co.uk