General

New Art Classes

New art classes are starting up again on February 17th, at the Holly Lodge Community Centre in Highgate, post refurbishment. On the second Friday of each month, the group will meet to draw from life in cafes, bars and stations. On March 10th we go to the fabulous King’s Cross Station. This provides an excellent […]

Observations

Celts and non identity

I was struck most by the ‘Celts, Art and Identity’ exhibition at the British Museum. The Celts, distinguished by the curators for their non-existence, were distilled into abstractions that dated back to the bronze age. Swirling, intricate, flowing lines and shapes inspired by nature would later be utilized by artists of the so called Celtic […]

General

Returning

I have been enjoying Maria Popova’s excellent blog, Brain Pickings. There is an article on Leo Tolstoy’s book, ‘What is Art?’ (1898), in which he distinguished ‘real’ art from its antithesis by its ability to ‘destroy in the consciousness of the receiver the separation between himself and the artist.’ He called this infectiousness, citing three essential […]

Pigs after Cana
Observations

Pigs after Cana

You do not have to meet an animal in person in order to see it. A photograph may be a copy, but aptly transmit the subject’s essence. That is why ‘dead’ people you love change their Polaroid expressions so completely, according to the way things are. Christ’s message of abundance is returned through dining pigs, […]