Art on the Underground

Dryden Goodwin has created a series of drawings of Underground staff. The artist attached an HD camera to his drawing pad and you can see the drawings being created by clicking on the thumbnails here. It’s quite mesmerising watching the portraits build themselves up.

Can we all be curators?

Just came across this article in this week’s Time Out about an exhibition called The Library of Babel at 176/Zabludowicz Collection… where they’re inviting visitors to give their own public tours!

Anna-Catharina Gebbers, guest curator for this exhibition, says ‘It’s a way to encourage people to not only think about their own responses to the works but to share them and perhaps research works that they are particularly interested in…’

Sounds like an unusual but imaginative way of opening up the exhibition to new interpretations and encouraging visitors to engage with the work and each other…

4th plinth

If you find yourself wandering across Trafalgar Square at 7am on Sunday 26 July….

look out for me on the fourth plinth as I’ve been selected to take part in Antony Gormley’s One and Other

Bobby Baker

I went to a really enjoyable networking event at the Wellcome Collection earlier this week. As well as chatting with some interesting people I had a look around the Bobby Baker Drawings exhibition. If you have not already seen this show, it is amazing. Performance artist Bobby Baker was diagnosed with mental illness in 1992, and she has captured her experiences through a series of extraordinary drawings. It is an incredibly moving experience.

Up Close and Personal

Those clever clever people at Google have done it again, and this time they’re contributing to the “digital enagagement with the arts” debate; that is to say is online exposure to artistic works as valuable as the live experience?

As reported in the Guardian last month: “Under an agreement unveiled with the Prado,… Google will deploy technology used by its Google Earth global mapping programme to hang a gigapixel gallery of Prado masterpieces on the internet.” That is to say, Google have now enabled their Google Earth tool to allow a user to zoom in so minutely to a selection of paintings at the Prado Gallery in s that you can fill your screen with a single brushstroke.

This is all very impressive, but does this enhance a user’s engagement with the art? It does seem that Johnathan Jones thinks not. Perhaps a more important and quantifiable question (certainly what I’m most interested in) is might this encourage people to engage with works of art that who may not have done so before? Jones at least recognises the step made in this direction.

Either way as a digital geek and a huge Bosch fan, I’m sold.

The Garden of Earthly Delights, Hieronymus Bosch

The Garden of Earthly Delights, Hieronymus Bosch