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Vanity of Small Differences


Grayson Perry, Vanity of Small Differences, (detail)

Grayson Perry, Vanity of Small Differences, (detail)

Happy 2013!

Here is information about an exhibition by Grayson Perry that I saw last year at Victoria Miro gallery:

Vanity of Small Differences donated to the nation

Six tapestries – two for each stratum of society – summed us all up in Perry’s contemporary rendering of Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress.

Here are some images from Victoria Miro gallery.

Plus my own pics on Flickr.

if you can access the channel 4, you can watch Perry doing the research for this amazing piece of work.

Enjoy!


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Bread Heads


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This is a creative collaboration by Valentin Manz, Christine Cynn, Neil Taylor, Harriet Murray, and members of the local community working together to create bread heads. The molds were made using grogged red clay and fired to 1120 degrees centigrade. The sourdough starter mix is Valentin’s and Christine’s own concoction. As they are leaving the country next weekend, the idea was to show people how easy it is to make your own bread, and if you had a container they were giving it away.

If you want to make your own bread, you just leave rye flour in water in a bowl for about five days under a damp cloth, and the natural yeasts in the air do it all for you.

Workshops were held showing people how to mix and knead the dough, which is the left to rise for a couple of hours. After that, more kneading is done. The dough is then ready to bake. Using the head molds in a homemade oven, the bread takes the form of the mold while baking.

The heads were displayed and/or eaten and the rest were donated to the anti-capitalist protesters outside St Pauls Cathedral. Check out more of their work here.

Here is some bread that I made, inspired by the workshops:


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Brick Project


We were given raw, readymade bricks by the artist and told to carve them, based on the idea of identity.

I used three bricks to make a face that originally had a tongue sticking out!! This got broken off almost immediately. It was a bit rude and probably looks better now!! The cigarette butt (that someone has stubbed out on its cheek) also makes it look tough.

The “never be sharp, never be flat, always be natural” was what my mum drew in my autograph book. Does anyone under the age of 50 even know what those are?? Do kids nowadays have them still?? I wanted to put it on a brick so that I could commemorate her and also because the message is a good one.

This diagram of an eyeball was created by one of my students who has made many eyeballs, usually in bowls and in great detail. Carving the brick to this degree of accuracy is a real achievement. This brick has an educational aspect as well as portraying a beautifully drawn diagram.

This wheel was carved by a man who used to be a wheelwright, one of those professions that very few people now know how to do.

I made this one because there seemed to be so many bricks, and the students had done as many as they could. I did this very quickly without too much thought, and now i like it because it truly shows my love of cycling.

All of the bricks have improved with natural aging and weathering as the carved areas have been defined by earth and moss.