Weekly Roundup 51

i. I have been standing in as a cover teacher for the past six weeks. Whilst mostly enjoyable and rewarding, it has been exhausting. Hopefully it hasn’t impacted on my uni work too significantly. I now have a week off for half term.

ii. I started the holiday with a trip to George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field, a small retrospective at the Holburne Museum. As an important contemporary, figurative painter, I find Shaw intriguing. However, I don’t particularly like his work: his smooth, photographic style often leaves the images feeling dead and flat, and the accompanying texts are, at best, esoteric. However, the exhibition itself was concise and well curated and I enjoyed the way a selection of Shaw’s drawings were presented (I sneakily took a photo for the blog - another idea for the degree show).

George Shaw,  Scenes from the Passion: The Blossomiest Blossom,  2001, Humbrol enamel on board

George Shaw, Scenes from the Passion: The Blossomiest Blossom, 2001, Humbrol enamel on board

George Shaw,  installation view

George Shaw, installation view

iii. I’m getting worried about lack of time. Unfortunately last week I had tonsillitis and spent most of this week in bed, this week the workshops are shutting early for staff training and the next week there is a group crit... I’ve got a couple of sessions booked in at Bainbridge but it feels like this term’s practical time is already over! However I still have over four months until the degree show and a plan is coming together (I will be rejoining Bath Artist Printmakers from April, I can use Bainbridge if I’m in London and I do have some basic print facilities that I can use at school). If I use my time effectively I’m sure I can make a lot of good quality work and pull off a decent exhibition.