What are we talking about?
We were at the Pallant House Gallery, Chichester and we went to see the “Radical Craft” exhibition, which I thought was “alternative art”. Artists used different materials and the artists came from different parts in the world like Denmark, Japan and Germany and of course the UK.
What did it look like?
The building was quite nice but a little bit intimidating but I have been there before. From a working class point of view it’s quite posh. I didn’t know if I belong there. When I went into the courtyard I discovered the colourful knitted things on trees. I wanted to take them home!
I liked the show part and how Jennifer talked about some of the pieces, which was great but I would have liked to know a little bit about ALL of them! I really liked hearing about their stories rather than reading about it.
The pieces I liked the most
There were a few I liked for example the pencil carvings by Dalton Ghetti – they had shapes and each one took a long time. One false move would ruin the art!
I also loved the glass work- it was very gothic and the story was fascinating.
This red one is by Pinkie Maclure
This is Terence Wilde’s work
What l liked about his work:
- dark side
- awareness of mental health needs,
- each pieces to tell each emotional feelings are inside yourself
- bit of Tim Burton nightmare before christmas
- Seven deadly sins or l says seven deadly sins of mental health problems which comes with it.
And then the Danish Artist who invited people to his house to show them his artwork and he liked to socialise.
He is very artistic in what he was wearing and he looked proud. He liked working with wood. He made his own clothing from woven wood and he used it inside his house.
Judith Scott: I though the first piece was the best, the one that had a wedding ring hidden.
It was worth a lot of money.
How did it make me feel?
It made me feel curious and left me wanting more. I remember the small nut people – they remind me of Gulliver’s travel.
I like that when an artist can’t stop – like in the assemblages always adding things to it.
What I didn’t like
Some of the works were a little the same – like the wrapping up.
Final thoughts overall:
It opened my eyes to what radical ideas are.
It opened my eyes to other people and how they make art when they cannot talk for example.
Not everything appealed to me but it is always good to see a variety of artwork. It is good to see disability arts in a major Gallery.
I wished they would put more “Outside In artists” in the gallery and including drawings or photography next time.