Titles are a weird thing when it comes to artwork, some artists use them to provide context for, or a counterpoint to the image, some don't bother with them at all, museum catalogues are full of titles created by curators rather than artists and others seem to think that only 'Untitled#' can convey the full import of their weighty intellect. I've always had a soft spot for Patrick Heron who seems to have enjoyed naming some of his his work after what he was listening to on the radio.
All of which is a roundabout way to getting to point of this post, which is that I've just finished the first pass of a painting that will be called 'The Mind of Man is Bounded Only by the Universe' which you can see at the end of this post. And it's a picture of a scarecrow in a field, didn't see that one coming did you? All of this can be explained by telling you that it's another picture based on the sublime 'Pimpernel Smith' (I have told you how much I love that film haven't I?) and that the title is a quote from Kant used by our hero to identify himself to two prisoners (one of whom, we are told is 'the greatest pianist in the world') he will shortly help to escape and, by the way, he happens to be disguised as a scarecrow at the time. All of which I can doubtless expound upon in a catalogue entry or a note next to the picture when it's exhibited. There is however no guarantee that anyone will bother to read it or take it in, I am therefore reconciled to the fact that some people will consider the title to be a load of pretentious bollocks. To them I say 'feel free to take the 'Friends' approach if you wish and call it 'The One With a Scarecrow in a Field', it's no skin off my nose'.
Meanwhile, another plug for The Plymothian's March issue which you can find here http://bit.ly/dWuBPN and in hard copy for free at various fine Plymouth based emporia . All the reactions I've had have been positive so far and it does seem to have driven some new traffic towards this site, although not quite reaching the all time high that happened on Valentine's Day (I have absolutely no idea why I should become so popular then, did I appear in some search engine listing as a good place for last minute gifts? Beats me). News on the Theatre Royal exhibition front is that decisions will be be made in the next few weeks (rather than last week as originally planned) so watch this space for news of that space.
And finally ... a plug for Plymtwest 2011 http://plymtwest.org.uk/ happening March 24th all over Plymouth. Nothing to do with me but I'm proud to say that some friends are involved in organising this so buy a ticket, go along, have ball and if you can't make it you can still donate online.
Work in progress and other stuff that happens.