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The Kick-About #71 ‘Christo & Jeanne-Claude’

Christo and Jeanne-Claude are the inspiration for this edition of the Kick-About

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If our last Kick-About showcased new works made in a short time inspired by an extraordinary artist with which some of us were unfamiliar, this week’s online exhibition takes its cue from a very famous double-act, famous, that is, for wrapping landmarks and landscapes in swathes of material. Happy browsing.

Gary Thorne

“Christo & Jeanne-Claude’s trees reminded me of an Autumn ’22 visit to Eastwell in Kent, where I didthese sketches. For KA, I’ve combined tree structure with architecture to produce this white-card model, but then found myself short of time. The old idiot box was on whilst modelling, conveniently offering some varied backdrops, although as an unfinished KA, I prefer the black backing. being it reminds me I’ve homework to do on this KA.”

Graeme Daly

“I wanted to make a miniature version of Christo & Jeanne-Claude’s impressive, uncanny installation art, but attempt to make it look larger…

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The Kick-About #70 ‘Hilma Af Klint’

The Kick-About begins 2023 with Hilma Af Klint.

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Our last Kick-About together celebrated that deep-winter symbol of light-in-the-darkness, the Christmas tree. Our next creative foray (our first of 2023) is likewise exploring the desire for illumination, but with artist and mystic Hilma Af Klint as our muse. Enjoy this latest selection of new works made in a short time and also “Happy New Year!”.

Graeme Daly

“I have been yearningto do some traditional art lately, probably due to the fact that, during the Christmasbreak, my nieces and nephew received some arty presents. Here are some oil pastel drawings similar to some Irish sigils.”

Kerfe Roig

“As always I would have liked to do more, and these will be added to the pile for future further exploration. I always felt Hilma af Klint’s art was a searching for spirit. She got involved in a lot of…

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The Kick-About #68 ‘Harriet Powers’

This week the Kick-About features an exploration of Harriet Powers’ quilts.
I’ll be taking a break until the New Year–enjoy the holidays! –Kerfe

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In common with the quilts of Harriet Powers, our previous Kick-About was inspired by works of art comprising fragments and scraps, brought together to impressive and thought-provoking effect. While Powers’ quilts are smaller, simpler things, they are no less arresting, more so for their scarcity and testament to the act of making as an act of living.

Gary Thorne

“Plans to hook a rug, in response to Harriet Powers breathtaking quilts, soon shifted to questioning what ideas might be important enough to labour over an unfamiliar technique. Using the week’s radio as source material, with some pretty depressing news throughout, a naive form of expression developed from making quick responses, producing what could be considered ‘stage one’ of a process promoting that which affects our daily lives. Perhaps stage two might be continue making daily responses, and exploring different artistic techniques for each image. Thanks for a thought provoking KA.”

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The Kick-About #67 ‘El Anatsui’

This week’s inspiration is artist El Anatsui.

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Our previous Kick-About was an explosive affair, as Turner’s Mount Vesuvius in Eruption re-surfaced the land, sea and sky with glowing skeins of lava and fired our imaginations. No less spectacular are the sculptural installations of artist El Anatsui, whose enormous, glinting mosaics drape gallery walls like bejewelled magma. Enjoy this latest showcase of new works made in a short time inspired by Anatsui’s works.

Phil Hosking

“On seeing El Anatsui’s incredible sculptures I felt exceptionally inspired to make. There’s something about his process of turning discarded relics of human mass consumption into objects of such beauty that resonated with me. Over recent years I’ve collected bucket loads of plastic from various beaches in Kent, never really knowing what to do with them, suddenly when I laid a bucket full out on the work bench, I started pulling them together and adding some order, which is what I got from…

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The Kick-About #66 ‘Vesuvius’

Mt Vesuvius is the inspiration for this edition of the Kick-About.

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In contrast to the sombre and sepulchral offerings of our previous Kick-About together, this week’s collection of new works made in a short time is a more explosive affair. Inspired by Turner’s painterly apocalypse, enjoy the flash and sizzle of our own creative outpourings. Boom!

Francesca Maxwell

My take of an explosion of some kind, more of an emotional kind, I think, so I wanted to feel surrounded by and immersed in it. Not the beautiful and dramatic rendition of Turner’s Vesuvious one – close enough to make us feel the power of it but from some safe distance. Nor the fireworks we seem to get these days, more noise than light! I used to love watching the fireworks over the sea for Genova’s Saint Patron’s day as a child. It was a glorious spectacle of lights, colours and patterns, mirrored on the water surface – and far…

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The Kick-About #65 ‘Cimetière du Père Lachaise’

Some meditations on graveyards this week.

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From the noise and extravagance of our soundsuit-inspired Kick-About No.64, we’re striking a more melancholy mood this week, as we meander our way past the silent crypts, effigies and monuments of the Père Lachaisecemetery in Paris. With All Hallows Eve but a few short days away, what better time to ruminate on the gossamer veil between the living and the dead…

Phil Cooper

“I’ve never been to the Père Lachaise cemetery but I feel like I know it well from countless gothic horror films and TV shows I’ve watched over the years; it looks like it should have Vincent Price’s evil laughter piped through the mournful paths and mouldering mausoleums. So, my contribution this week is a death-themed image – well it is Halloween this week!I have a big box of old children’s building blocks in the basement I used for a project a few years ago…

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(Thursday) doors and windows

caught between–
the interior,
the façade,
the threshold–
layers that weave together
memory’s passing

Designed by architect Joseph M Dunn in 1888, 117-119 West 74th Street originally stretched from 103-131. As is the case with so many brownstones, they were de-stooped, divided into apartments, and had fallen into disrepair by the 1960s when the remaining buildings were combined and reconstructed by architect Morris Kweller, who covered the original red brick and terracotta with white paint and a false white brick facade.

The original steps up to the arched doors were replaced with basement-level entrances.

In the early 1990s the false facade began to peel off. Instead of allowing the owner to replace it, Landmarks required them to restore as much of the original facade as possible and remove the white paint. Everyone was surprised at how much of it had survived.

I first noticed these buildings because of the windows, and I was right in thinking that at least one of each pair was originally a door at the top of steps. Although not totally returned to their former glory, the buildings are still lovely additions to the streetscape.

On a separate note, the garden in Riverside Park is still blooming.

You can always find more doors and share your own here at Thursday Doors, hosted by Dan Antion.

The Kick-About #64 ‘Soundsuits’

Explorations inspired by Nick Cave (the artist, not the musician) and his Soundsuits–although the musician is pretty inspiring too. Perhaps for a future Kick-About.

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If our last Kick-About together was characterised by muted tones and pensive atmospheres, this latest showcase of new works made in a short time is a celebration of colour, movement, costume and dynamism – and how could it not be, inspired as we have been by the artist Nick Cave and his sumptuous soundsuits? In other news, a warm welcome to artist and animator, Claire-Beth Gibson, who joins us this week for her inaugural run-about.

Claire-Beth Gibson

“The sound suit with the spinning tops made me think of the clackety-clackety noise of the whirly spinner I had as a kid. It smelled of old metal and played a strange song. Starting out with so much enthusiasm, it would spin gloriously for a short while and then gradually teeter more and more as it slowed down, before a final wobble into its death fall, spinning on its side and rolling…

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Weekend Work 10/09/2022

Three works in progress. I’m not sure if they’re done. I’d call these stream of consciousness paintings. I don’t know where they’re coming from but I’m just going with it.

Have a good week! Nina

October 2022

like a sudden flash,
green turns into fire that falls–
autumn paths open

like a sudden flash–
unexpected, unmasking
the retreating past

green turns into fire that falls,
exposing the skeletons
underneath the veil

autumn paths open–
the earth folds into itself–
dusk-faded, shadowed

Lisa, at Tao Talk, reminded me of the troiku form, which I’ve borrowed from her to use also for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday prompt, where the theme is lightning, suggested by Sangeetha.

It does finally feel like autumn here. Not much color yet, but it’s coming. We’ve had a wet day with the remnants of Hurricane Ian, and the building turned on the heat for the first time this morning.

Happy October!