Steyning Arts Trail – what’s coming to Sakala

I’ve been doing some unwrapping today and i absolutely can’t wait to get these on a wall! With many, many thanks to Frames at the Golding Barn industrial estate, these are ready to meet their public.

Mounted and framed under glass. Size approx 27″x21″.

This piece, impossible to photograph so it definitely needs to be seen in person, this is a work of gloss on gloss on gloss. Acrylics on glossed black card and echoing in abstract some of the gilded work of Klimt.

Mounted but not framed. A1 size.

Born of a lockdown bus trip via webcam from Lancaster to Keswick, this piece is made from strips of mirror foil, painted with dilute watercolours and acrylics, some allowed to drift downwards by gravity and find its own way to the bottom, some blown onto different courses using a handheld air blower. There are so many reflections here, again it’s a monster to photograph. It does have its own video though, and there’ll be a QR code nearby for visitors to access it.

These were made as a pair, the one on the left a print of the one on the right. But they carry different textual elements; one from the I Ching, the other the Tao Te Ching, both Chinese philosophical guides. I chose the first source for text from a page opened at random in the I Ching (on the right) and then mirrored that page for the Tao Te Ching text on the left. They work well as a pair or as standalone pieces.

I think I need another house with nothing in it but white walls. Oh right – that would be a gallery, wouldn’t it!

Steyning Arts Trail August 28th-30th and September 4th-5th. Sakala, High Street, Steyning.

Steyning Arts trail

It’s that time of year when artists of all varieties pack the products of their febrile imaginations into a vehicle and head off to sit hopefully in a tent or, if they’re lucky, someone’s front room with a disenfranchised cat. This year that’s going to be me but I’m not going far and while there will be a tent of sorts, there’s also a very amenable host, a couple of all-over-you cats, a dog, and a bunch of fluffy-trousered chickens. Last year I was a visitor and I spent much of my time there so, barring seriously adverse weather conditions, I’m looking forward to getting stuck in. We’ll all be pleased to see you, should you drop in, especially those of us out here in the Kuiper belt of the trail. BIG UP THE BEEDING ARTISTS!

[Ed – shouldn’t there be an L in that?]

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