The British Art Show @ Nottingham

I think we all had a good do even if some of the art was far too arty for some of us to fully appreciate!

Saturday at the New Art Exchange included experiencing some of the extreme radicalism of Bernadette Devlin. That small part of the story still rumbles on with her even today: Bloody Sunday… Irreconcilable even today?! In stark contrast, a more compelling almost hypnotic epic was Christian Marclay – The Clock: “… The Clock, features thousands of found film fragments of clocks, watches, and characters reacting to a particular time of day. These are edited together to create a 24-hour-long, single-channel video that is synchronised with local time. As each new clip appears a new narrative is suggested, only to be swiftly overtaken by another…”

We then finished off in the Victoria Inn and the Crown Inn in Beeston and a frosty walk back. Our couple of rounds in the Crown were in the old confessional and may well have been in the smallest bar in England. Great care is needed in where you place or swing your elbows! CAMERA have so far visited twice with tape measures and beer glasses to deliberate the dimensions and obviously liked it with a listing in their National Pub of the Year 2010…

For Sunday we met up at the Nottingham Contemporary for various works of great abstractness. One model of a surreal house construction literally had some of our group on their hands and knees and even prostrate on the floor! An ingenious arty piece that must send the attendants gaga had an old radio receiver tuned into the electronic noise from a compact florescent bulb, both were rotated by old record turntables to give some interesting modulations to the ‘ambience’. A very carefully placed bit of blu-tac critically added a bit of randomness. Almost geekie for an artist! The sound effect reminded me of the somewhat more tuneful Harmonic Balance ‘animusic’.

The surreal looking ‘silver surfer’ type holes in Guatemala City that were shown are very real. They are ‘sink hole like’ man made features caused by subsidence due to a leaking very large deep underground sewer that has been tunnelled under the city. Storm water scoured out a bell pit from the broken sewer to create the collapse above through the uncemented pumice on which the city is built. There’s been two collapses so far:

We then wandered over towards the art exhibition at the Nottingham Castle Gallery, but were detoured en-route with some girlie shopping and a chilled-out lunch at The Alley Cafe. Nottingham Castle will have to wait for another visit.

We then warmed up with tea and coffee and some more of Sarah’s excellent home made ginger cake and scones. All good stuff!

Thanks go to Sarah for organising.


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