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I had a really productive lunch today in the company of talented Coffee (Jennifer Farmer) from Coffee and Sponge duo. We were discussing our latest projects and possible future collaboration, at the same time talking about not only the fruit flies bothering us, but also my latest artwork, A Skinny Fly 2011. As it is a bit of a secret, can’t reveal more but what I can tell you is, that my upcoming event in Debut Contemporary on Saturday 15th October, 12-5, so called – “Saturday Debut” should be interesting. Keep the date free and pop in before or after the Frieze Art Fair on Saturday. More details to follow in a week or two.
I became an art surgeon for the day. I was testing what happens when I cast some grapes in plaster. It was coming out easier than the previous materials I used. I didn’t expect to have so much fun excavating it from the setting. Watching it back makes me giggly for some reason. It is disgusting and organically beautiful at the same time.
I have a big sack of tennis balls. Precisely 205. I have been collecting them over last 6 weeks. They all have been donated by my local tennis centres, sport centres. I would like to say thank you to the kind people working at Score Centre, in Leyton especially Christian, who is one of the tennis coaches there and big thank you to Mr. Gerald Cox at Aldersbrook Lawn Tennis Club in Wanstead.
These balls are a source of sculpting material for me. I have some plans to use them in my coming projects, and as this is very much work in progress, I think the photos from my studio, and one or two images of the balls would be good to show. I’ll keep you updated on my development with these, but it’s a little secret for the time being. Do come back for more later.
Another day in my studio brought me this very nearly finished painting. It’s one of my series of the Seed Paintings and here is a link to a short video of it blowing in the wind too.
Hi dear friends. This is a quick reminder about our second open day event, this time organized by ASC in our ASC Empson Street Studios, Bow. I’d love to see you tomorrow, 13.10.2010 during the Private View and as a bonus I announced 2 competitions to win 3 of my prints – ‘Transition’ 2005 (35x35cm). Read here for more.
(In this article – news from Spit’n'Scrub open studios weekend, an invitation to the next event and a COMPETITION to win three of my prints, read on please…)
I could have said “Welcome to my lounge!” during the Private View evening for Our Spit’n'Scrub Open Weekend Event. I had no large neon light to kill the mood, quite the contrary, slightly yellow shades of light flooded the space, with gentle moody music playing in the backround. I was serving fizzy wine and had groovy snacks to offer my guests in addition to food and drinks on the upper level of our building, where more studios are located.
So If you like the sound of it, or you missed Spit’n'Scrub for whatever reason, you can come back! There will be another Open Day Event, this time organized by Artist Studio Company which provides the spaces for artists across eleven buildings. Our Privite View in Empson, where my studio is, will be on Wednesday evening, 13th October. I’ll be pretty much doing the same ‘Welcome to my lounge ‘ mood but I’ll have a competition running as well: two lucky visitors that leave some feedback in my book and their contact details have a chance to win a print each of my ‘Transition, 2005′. I allow visitors to take photographs during this event providing that if the photos are used in the press or anywhere else, my name and website are referred to. I welcome any of the images taken to be emailed to me, and again I will choose the best one for a small present, the last print of my ‘Transition’ 2005.
Do join us for the night!
To read an article that has portrayed the event and published my views on it, click here. This is in Slovak language.
See below some photos from Spit’n'Scrub Q-Art crit session during Spit’n'Scrub.
26.8 – I’ve started this painting a few days ago and It’s turning out to be quite a fight. One day it feels like I’m overthinking it, next day I take it mad, and splash out. hehe Let’s see what happens later on today. Hopefully I’ll find that ‘golden’ balance.
27.8 – Well, today The ‘Golden Seed’ became not so golden. I feel like I over-fought it. And I’m questioning if I’d be able to fix it. Learning lessons every day!
30.08.2010- Today I’ve painted the wall behind the painting, and changed the direction it’s been hanging. I feel that it’s finally doing what I wanted. Have I tamed the monster? You tell me?..hehe I’m having issues to photograph it actually. I may need to ask a professional to help me out.
1.9.2010- I just made it into my studio today, no nothing serious, just one of those days when one prefers to stay at home and do nothing. Anyway, I raised my mood by injecting a bit more colour into the painting. A few red spots have added some vibrancy to it. I try my best to photograph it as best as I can, however I wish you could see it life! AHH, you can! Check out this link.
Please join us at our special event of art and design and so much more- Spit and Scrub. It’s our open studio weekend at the ASC Bow studios on Empson Street, E3 3LT on 17th, 18th & 19th September. Ideal opportunity to buy affordable art and meet us, the artists. We’re donating 10% from all sales to a local charity- Bromley By Bow Centre.
Why don’t you come for a chat to my studio(4)?
I’m looking forward to seeing you! Drop me a line or send me a text if you want my full attention, we can arrange the time. Or simply just turn up. Cheers x
Do you know that feeling, when you sit in your studio, after washing the floor, arranging the wall of your art again, getting ready for an open weekend (more about that later), and just sitting in a chair listening to Radio 4 (yes, I know) and staring in the the ceiling, in pure bliss of being so lucky to have such a space for storing your art ?! The temple of my creation. And then, there it is. ‘My Altar’ 2010 was created. An installation, one of many, that I set up rearanging stuff.
I keep coming back to this picture of my gradmother, back in Slovakia. The power behind it is wordly for me. And I keep daydreaming.
Hello. I’m so happy I can share my exciting news with you! I’m enthusiastically working on a project, which is organized by Dynama o.s. Dynama is a civic association, with an aim “to provide assistance to people migrating within the single European labor market with job search, education and adequate environmental background and the resulting focus on cultural and social context of the host country.” (To find out more about them click on the link above).
One of the projects they are doing is filming of a short documentary about experiences that people from Czech Republic and Slovakia have by arriving in London. It’ll be all about people’s lives, how they changed, what they looked back on, before they travelled here and now. There is a broad scale of topics to choose from, however I’ll be telling a story of my “Identity”, and I’ll be thinking back, to years, when I still lived in Poprad, Slovakia (pre-1999) and reflecting about the times until now and evaluating all this, or at least trying to do it, by telling some sort of intimate story to my self, expressing it by a drawing or two, which will be accompanied by a text. My story along with other people’s stories will be put into a film.
Here is a photo to illustrate my first stages of this private re-discovery of “The Chase of my Identity”. I’ll include a cut out of a short text that I had an urge to write while drawing,
I worked with an idea, that a this porous stone is in the rain, which represents some form of knowledge and experience. Over some time, this stone should absorb the water and increasingly become more knowledgeable and experienced.
(Free translation from Slovak) “I feel like I were a large sponge, a porous limestone, being formed by events and experiences, which I now endlesly suck in to my self, and get coloured by-these pigments of life. No, they aren’t fading pale shade, quite the contrary, incresingly turning stronger.”
I’ll post more updates soon, as the work progresses. The screening of the film will take place in November. You’ll be first to have the link to it here! : ) Thanks for reading.
We drove to Westgate on Sea yesterday, mainly to get a break from London’s pollution, and have our lunch outdoors. As we started to walk along the beach, I couldn’t resist to pick up a shell here and there, as well as my favourite limpets and stones. (See my Cornish Limpet Sculpture here) The stones I collected were pure white colour, quite gritty, some of them had formed lots of holes and gaps in their structure. I guess that shape and grainy surface is due to the water and waves hitting it on the shore repetitively. The stones are Limestone, variety Chalk. ‘Chalk: A soft limestone with a very fine texture that is usually white or light gray in colour. It is formed mainly from the calcareous shell remains of microscopic marine organisms such as foraminifers or the calcareous remains from numerous types of marine algae.’ (reference: http://www.geology.com)
Before I realized, I had a bagful of pure white treasure in all sizes including a couple over 20 cm long. Some of the stones inspired me. They looked a lot like my latest sculptures…and you are my witness, that I only discovered them after I made my ‘From the Bottom of the Sea 1-6 ‘ Series of sculptures. You can see the similarity here on this image:
What is my plan to do with the Limestone? It is very soft in texture, and it can be used for drawing, (tried and tested on the beach already), or my other plan is to carve in to them, use them in an installation or use them as part of another sculpture, made out of plaster. I will let you know, once I do this!
Meanwhile, the stones are drying in my studio already, where we dropped them on the way back to London. They will need to be cleaned before anything else, and here is a photo of the whole group in the background along with some new sculptures in progress in front.
Why don’t you send me your photos of the stones you found? Is your art inspired by outdoors? I’m curious to see your images! Cheers. Silvia