A return visit with the group to Westminster Cathedral some wonderful mosaics and interesting objects and relics, right up my street. I also came across some beautiful carvings on pews will post the images.
I was with the group today, where we spent time looking at particular religious art and sculpture. We were approached by one of the Tate B's stewards who was doing a talk about one of her favourite works of art, in this case turns out to be Angel of Anarchy by Eileen Agar 1936-40.
Here is some text from Tate Britain's website: Angel of Anarchy is a sculpture by the Argentine-born British artist Eileen Agar. It comprises a plaster cast head covered with found materials and objects such as embroidered silk fabric, feathers, sea-shells, African beads and diamante stones. While some of the elements suggest facial features, others seem more like decorative accessories or jewellery. At times they could be read as either: for instance, feathers could be errant tufts of hair or part of an elaborate headdress. Similarly, the patterned fabric serves as skin for the face as well as a blindfold. This ambiguity creates allusions to seduction and submissiveness, although the accumulation of elements also appeals to the anarchy referenced in the title. Angel of Anarchy is displayed on top of a white pedestal under a protective Perspex case due to its fragile condition.
The work was created by Agar in 1936–40. Agar was a friend of Henry Moore and she would accompany him on visits to the ethnographic collections at the British Museum in London, whose collection of African sculpture influenced both artists. In contrast to Moore, Agar worked primarily in plaster, which she chose because ‘bronze was too expensive’. In addition, rather than making preliminary drawings, Agar used found materials, applying them directly onto the head. The white plaster cast in this sculpture is from a modelled clay bust of the artist’s future husband Joseph Bard.
I was visiting Westminster Cathedral in central London today with the Outside In pathways to learning. I have never seen Holy water on tap! You can fill your plastic bottle with blessed water to take home for free!!! Certainly will get a couple of bottles for the final installation.
Collecting images for the project. I found this quite startling seeing figures wrapped up to be moved, standing like ghosts of the past.
Edinburgh Castle: Looking at how objects take on a whole new meaning when displayed together behind glass. Contemplating on the next box.
Its been a while, I have been preoccupied with an up and coming exhibition with the rabbit paintings! If you read this I am exhibiting at 70 Rose House on Barnes High Street SW13 in London UK. So anyone around do pop in. Saturday 1st July 10am - 5pm. So back to the project: here is photo of ideas taken in Edinburgh on the Royal Mile.
I managed to pick these rosary beads up in Barcelona in a small Catholic religious shop managed buy nuns. I have been trying to make sure the objects I have used in this shrine are from authentic religious places or have been part of some religious ceremony.
The Embers are from a 5.45am mass during Easter from a local church, where members of the church gathering around a fire, singing, saying prayers and lighting candles before entering the church. I collected the charcoal wood once the fire was out to add to the shrine.
I have been collecting various bits over the past months, keeping the project in mind, but not really knowing how it will form. I am pleased to have come up with this format, which means I can bring lots of relics together hoping to portray the each faith we look at. I suppose I have to start somewhere.
Over the past year I have been working closely with a foundation called Outside In Pathways to learning in museums and galleries (see the link to the foundations website.) http://outsideinpathways.org/
As an artist I am also invited to create work in response to working with the group and the project, and take inspiration from the rich environments that the group visit from week to week. The current project is called In Search of Spirituality: Images of compassion, Images of cruelty in religious art. By the end of the project for myself I will aim to have an exhibition from the artwork that evolves from my time working with the group and the foundation and hopefully some form of book or catalogue.
This is my first attempt at blogging, so I will add contents of my research and the making of the work. I have been keeping an open mind about what to create or how to respond, but thankfully it has come in the form of small shrines to represent each faith we will have engaged with, the shrines will be produced in the form of boxes, which are spectacle display units. I have managed to create my first box. I will add the documentation of what I have currently created, and look forward to seeing how the project evolves and how it affects me and my art.
Spike Mclarrity is a live art performance artist. He also paints, photographs, makes installations from a wide diverse range of mediums and materials. Spike has an MA in performance and Visual practices. He travels all over the world performing and makes regular trips to Japan.