“An awareness of trees” started with an incomplete sentence; “I am a…… tress, in/on/besides……”
The task was to spend time with trees, in reality, in memory, in imagination and explore with various media a way into our experiences and feeling with trees.
Fill in the dots, or name the image in another way but find your way with trees. Some of the artist worked in groups, different groups in different places, others worked in their studios.
Each person has an intimate story of a tree or trees; from childhood or yesterday or today. Each sketch, painting, sculpture, photograph, story, made me see trees differently and in greater relevance to the microcosm and the macrocosm of our lives.
It is a co incidence, it is synchronistic that this exhibition quietly comments and contributes towards the greater awareness made by the climate conference in Paris.
Our trees are among many asking to be seen.
The ability of the artists in this exhibition, however skilled or tentative, remains true to the aesthetic that is seeking greater proficiency and visual intelligence, an ongoing losing and finding in order to create something greater, something autonomous, an image that speaks with commitment and humility and takes its place in the complex cosmos of images since the beginning of visual time.
Last week at an event to celebrate Thupelo art projects 30th birthday one of my fellow artist thanked me for “creating conditions” for artists to work in. The way to do this and the need to do it comes from my family and many friends; this is what I do, they have done and still do and I would like to pass on this compliment to Art Sauce; they “create conditions” for artists. Creating conditions is about laying a foundation and installing scaffolding; for some playing in the scaffolding, interacting and exchanging experiences, ideas and skills is enough. For others, building onto or extending the scaffolding is more stimulating. The decision is determined by the individual.
Anthony Cawood installed most of the work that was put forward for this exhibition and in my opinion has found a narrative between the work and the way they interact.
It is a studio exhibition, in a studio space; it has not been curated.
The informality continues; there is no commission. Please buy work from the artists or through Art Sauce; plus 5% if using a credit card (Either way please tell art sauce just for my records.)