Had a productive and fun day so far. That pic from last night is off to sunny Canada to live with Rosie. Sold my iPhone cos it’s a distraction (back to archaic phone again). Worked a couple of hours at a new client’s pub in Kempsford, pruning Wisteria and tidying. Plinked around on the piano and came up with a ditty. Went for a walk with the camera. Made a video.
In London on Tuesday, as well attending that show in Mayfair I was in, I had a look around the current Royal Academy show of abstract expressionist work, featuring Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko and my fave Philip Guston. My friend Giovanna, who was with me remarked on how the Rothko’s invoke a kind of spiritual purity, kind of like how you may look at and enjoy a sunset. I guess that’s what abstract expressionism was all about – purity. But then Philip Guston got bored of all that and wanted to tell stories again and wandered off and with Jackson Pollock’s death I guess it all imploded and art went off into the next movement.
Later on we also had a quick look at Carroll Dunham’s paintings at Inigo Philbrick, an interesting show, which in a way was a modernist painters amalgamation of whatever was before him. Aesthetically I think Dunham is very much influenced by Guston’s later work and indeed the abstract expressionists. Once again Giovanna pointed out that the reason why maybe we were so attracted to Dunham’s painting of an amazonian woman with a gaping vagina and giant breasts and nipples was not because we were perverted in some way, but because fundamentally we all come from the same thing – our entrance to this world is through a vagina.
I was just thinking about this and so decided to do a quick painting trying to align myself along on the endless path of connections that this life creates.
I’m sad to say I have left Sea Mammal and my good friends Matt and Henry in the lurch but it’s time for me to involve myself in the next part of my life – as most people know, Laura and I have a child on the way and I suppose I just want to try and concentrate more on simple artistic matters of my own hand, that don’t rely on the approval of the masses to make viable and rewarding, financially and spiritually.
Thank you to everybody that watched us and supported us and all the people that put us on. We had a blast, as i’m sure you did too (we were quite loud).
I’m sure Henry and Matt will go on and do something else, which I look forward to. They’re great guys and great musicians.
Here is a collection of Sea Mammal outtakes, not for the faint hearted, but I think it wraps things up nicely.