September 23, 2008

I have signed up for another blog. I don’t know why. I won’t be telling you the address just yet, or ever.


I wrote that two months ago but ever the purist I have left it in, gloom and all. I haven’t written much over the summer. Not for any particular reason and not because the course was on a break. I had nothing to say of much consequence and I was busy.


I did make it to Oxford in the end and placed four hundred cups on the pontoon. The swans took a great interest but I have no idea if the public did. This was quickly followed by another exhibition in Manchester (http://www.nexusartcafe.com/ ) when one thousand cups descended a staircase, nude. It was well received. I ended up giving away a lot of cups to the youth of Manchester. A week later and another thousand cups were in London at a new ‘event’ that will take place every month. (http://larrysgoodbye.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2008-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-08%3A00&updated-max=2009-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-08%3A00&max-results=17 ) To round it off, last week the cups were in seven venues in Wakefield as part of a new initiative called the ‘artwalk’, run by Westgate Studio. (http://www.westgatestudios.net/index.htm) The main body of cups were in the studio gallery, about five thousand and the rest were scattered, varying in number. I was especially happy to have some in Wakefield Art Gallery as it is closing in December in preparation for the opening of the new Hepworth Gallery in 2010. In my dotage I will be able to tell the nursing staff, as they carefully change my smalls, that I was one of the last artists to show work at the gallery.


The studio is going well. I have been there quite a lot, dividing my art time between the studio, the PC at home and the odd trip to ‘repro’. I like the space and there is a good, friendly atmosphere.


PEEP! the paper version is about 70% done, done as in ‘designed’ on the PC and pages ready to go to print. I am hoping to have it ready for the third Manchester book fair in November. Having looked at other publications and made a few dummy versions in rough, I have settled on a format. I am planning to use a different grade of paper for written contributions, a gloss paper for colour ‘plates’ and then other papers for various reasons. I hope to make it a soft back binding, all done by hand. The size will be landscape A4, squared. I have ditched the idea of presenting many different items in a box or bag. There will be a music CD in the book, possibly a free comic inserted.


Rather than print via a machine on the cheap I am hoping to print via my PC on the cheap, allowing for colour and produce batches of ten. There is no upper limit, I will simply make ten, send to a shop/gallery/etc. Make another ten, send away, and make ten more and so on. And I have to make some to send to contributors. Or PDF it! No, that would be cheap. I have relaxed on the quarterly idea. Partly because it had taken longer to ‘find’ good stuff to put into one issue, partly because I spent more time fiddling with the format issues. I did originally advertise on a-n and as a result, I am getting a fresh batch of submissions as people think it is time for issue two. I plan to make it a ‘rolling project’ in so much as when issue one is done, I will be busy printing and gluing and posting. After the initial batches are out, I will begin on issue two. There might be a ‘cheap’ issue 1b before then, more ‘punk’ as people say. I don’t know, I just don’t know.


Extract from a recent e-mail, something I would have written here but didn’t, so rather than fabricate it, here it is, copied and pasted:


“…..and can you tell me what ‘up and coming’ artists are? Why are they up and what are they coming to? When do you stop being up and coming and become ‘early career’? And then what…’jaded and settled into teaching’? ‘Lost and mostly inebriated’?”  


Well, I thought it was interesting at the time.


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