Along with Sophie Hopkinson, Robyn Paul and Amy Firth, I am exhibiting under the title 'Translation'. There has been much communication around dates etc but the event is running from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd February. On Monday 17th, 5 - 7 pm, there is to be an official opening.
The corridor connects the old ECA building with Hunter Building. It has interesting insets and a sort of cubicle. Sophie works with wallpaper, Amy makes atmospheric drawings and Robyn makes huge visceral paintings. It will be an interesting dialogue between the different components. Here is the space unused.
Saturday was spent setting up. Things got busy as we had to wait for the chap to take down his work before we could set up. I arrived first and found a full family, which included two small children busy dismantling and packing away.
As ever, it took longer than initially expected to get things up and that was with a load of co-operation and cheerful collaboration! One of Sophie's works leaked glue once up on the wall so it had to be swiftly taken down and allowed to dry. Fortunately it has until Monday to do so. Sophie's parents arrived late morning and luckily for us all, but more so Sophie he was a dab hand with the screwdriver and managed to make safe the brackets required for her very heavy pieces. My efforts, and they were efforts given the nature of the walls, proved unreliable even with a power screwdriver and pretty decent screws.
I think we were all happy with the work. The neutral tones of Amy and Sophie's works help connect the quite dominant blues of mine and the heavy presence of Robyn's. There is a sense of flow between the works through the repeats of pattern in my paintings, Sophie's wallpaper folds and the geometrics in both Robyn's paintings and Amy's drawings. I think we have used the space well and have not over-filled it, though I do wonder about the inclusion of a trio of mine which links to Amy's small drawings. They may be surplus but on the other hand they do visually also connect with the larger paintings further up the corridor.
Robyn and Amy were to buy wine and beers for the Monday afternoon and Amy had offered to print off an exhibition plan and list of works.
We just hope that the evening will be well attended. Given that it is Innovative Learning week, we may actually attract a different crowd from those at ECA on courses/workshops this week.
Carol E Duff