No idea why I chose a Velvet Underground song to title this post, just popped into my head but it seems appropriate as I'm posting mainly about stuff that's going to be happening next year.
Firstly though congratulations to Susan Philipsz on this year's Turner Prize win and maximum kudos to the students (and others) who occupied Tate Britain at the same time, here's The Guardian video report http://bit.ly/gHhcFN nice to see the support the protest got from the great and the good.
And just for the record (listen very carefully, I shall say this only once). I may be what might loosely be termed a 'proper' painter (in other words I currently deal in images and 'likenesses' to one degree or another) but I am not now, nor ever have been, nor ever will be a 'Stuckist' and contemporary art of all stripes is where my heart lies. The conceptual basis of what I do is absolutely central to the premise of the art that results. Which I hope will be the last piece of 'artspeak' to appear on this blog for a while (although I can't promise).
The big news for Plymouth concerns the advent of 'British Art Show 7' http://www.britishartshow.co.uk/ will be arriving in venues across the city next September http://bit.ly/eLsRTZ Actually this is probably not news to a great many people but as I've only recently realised the significance of the event (and I'm an artist, it's my business to know this stuff) I make no apology for attempting to spread the word as much as possible. Where you, me and the butcher's dog come in is in trying to utilise (exploit is such an ugly word, don't you think?) the publicity and interest that such an event is designed to generate for our own not so nefarious purposes. In other words a 'fringe' that accompanies the main event, complements it, critques it, capitalises on and generally highlights local creativity and changes things for the better as regards the visual arts in the city and beyond. To this end there is now a Plymouth Fringe-BAS2011 Facebook Group over here http://on.fb.me/edXTqZ Join up, spread the link, retweet and disseminate as you wish.
Work in progress and other stuff that happens.