i. I spent the vast majority of this week hanging the school's end of year art exhibition which unfortunately meant that I didn't get into Camberwell and had little time for anything else. However, the exhibition is strong and I'm proud to look at all the students' work from this year. Now that it's done I can focus on my studies again.
ii. I did manage to get into London on Thursday afternoon to visit the Bainbridge Open on its penultimate day. It was an excellent show and I particularly enjoyed prints by Alice Macdonald, Euphrosyne Andrews, Juliet Scott and David Ferry (who taught printmaking in my first year at Cardiff). I've found it reassuring and inspiring to see my recent work exhibited (and holding its own) in the context of contemporary figurative art (at Mercer Chance in March) and now contemporary printmaking.
iii. I also met up with Lucy Bainbridge (Founding Director of Bainbridge Print Studios) about my prize: a membership with Bainbridge Print Studios and use of their facilities whenever I want for a year! I will probably start in September/October and use it on Wednesday afternoons/evenings when the studios are shut at university (at the very least). This should allow me to keep up with the making time that I miss on Tuesdays and could be an enormous help as I head into my second year.
iv. I have been experimenting with multi-plate, multi-colour printing at my etching class at the Royal Drawing School. Surprisingly, my favourite print was taken from a plate originally intended to add tone to the first (printed in blue with a surface roll of flesh pink). I think my painterly marks using sugar lift are a lot more interesting than simple line drawings.
v. I spent Sunday afternoon in Oxford and visited the Ruskin's BFA and MFA Degree Shows which was full of bad video art and installations. There were some substantial and engaging sculptural installations but almost no printmaking, painting or drawing. Really underwhelming.
vi. I also visited A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings at Modern Art Oxford. These drawings communicated some fascinating ideas, were beautifully presented and highly skilful. However, I find the precise photorealism prevalent in contemporary drawing cold and uninteresting - I prefer my drawing (and perhaps all artwork) to be clumsy, honest and human.