I do apologise if you're not at all interested in the arty goings on in Nottingham and Leicester at the moment, just bear with me, it's just that going to see shows is the closest I have to a social life at the moment, and I don't want to post blogs about staring at a computer screen trying to think of something interesting to say about a student's essay.
So, on this day in May I went on a tour round Leicester given by the lovely Chris, unfortunately no-one else turned up, but we had a super time, skipping around all the lovely sites and talking in an erudite way about art and so forth.
Museum on New Walk curated by Hugo Worthy. Artworks dotted around normal exhibits, mostly referencing the museum or art history system in some way. This was one of those 'clever' artworks, an imagined Beuys adaptarion of a Vuitton bag, there was a blackboard too.
Ayling and Conroy made this little tattooed bust of someone, not sure who, am I meant to?
Not part of the exhibition, but one of those baffling pieces of folk art as real art that places seem to commission. (Hint: it's the one on the right)
This was nice: a little pointless survey by "David Hume" (fishy name...)
Collages by Liz Rowe at Phoenix Art Centre, pictures don't really do them justice, they're really intense and need to be looked at up close.
We finished up at the Frog Island venue, where the show was organised by students and recent graduates of DMU. Chris convinced me that Frog Island was a Theme Park, and I was a bit disappointed to see that it was a slightly run down industrial area, but the warehouse they used was great:
Went back to City Gallery after that and discussed the event and artworks, getting slowly more heated as I got through a bottle of wine...