In our last show with the Tunnel collective Robin and I made some works together which was great fun and surprised us both in the sense that the work really was like some sort of progeny. We brought it forth into the world, kicking and screaming, with a character all of its own; not like our individual work at all. Somewhat punky and irreverent elements emerged in all the works we made under the collective name of 'WE' using materials such as newspaper, hardboard, PVA glue and acrylic paint.
This work was shown at the 'Hunger' exhibition that we had late last year with the Tunnel collective and now that we are inanother show (Waterstones, Gower St, until 12th April) I remembered that I had not shown this work since, so here it is and it looks great hanging on our newly painted grey wall in the studio (Robin's bedroom).
I want to continue making some work together so we can learn from each other's strengths and continue to be surprised by the results.
I showed you a glimpse of this painting a while back during the making of it. Here, for your perusal, is the full picture. I had forgotten to post the finished article. After the 'Hunger' show last year I put it away but I was reminded of it the other night whilst waiting on a station and looking at the Christmassy-looking red lights dotting the London skyline. They were cranes; the symbols of the ever-changing city of London, building larger office blocks and gentrifying all areas of the city, be it now or later. Anyone would be mistaken for thinking that all this building could lead to a better life for everyone with jobs and homes for all, but it doesn't really does it? In my painting below, if you look hard enough, you will find a small red question mark regarding this paradox.
Mixed Media on board
by WE (Robin Tomens/Jane Pearrett)
Here's a piece of work Robin and I made a few months ago for The Tunnel's last group show, 'Hunger'. Appearances can be deceptive, especially in the case of this photo. What looks like a real dart board hanging on wallpaper is actually one flat piece, a collage of printed images. It's about boredom with the media obsession for certain individuals. I could name the characters but I will leave it to you to identify them; that's the fun bit. Needless to say there are two who are particularly topical.
and has a small picture of the legend on the back.
I'm always reading books in-between others these days. I was reading Jean Paul Sartre's The Reprieve which I put on hold whilst I took up with Phillip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? for a forthcoming art project with the Tunnel Group. Then whilst cleaning out our front room for decorating Robin presented me with Tom Wolfe's The Painted Word,which I consumed very quickly; reading it at night and in the morning (a sign that I'm enjoying it).
It very succinctly reveals the way that modern art movements, since breaking from realism, were a series of reductions just like a good gravy, each new one breaking with a tradition in some way or another leading to Minimalism, Conceptual Art and plain Theory/Words on their own. Eventually, in the 70s, a reaction came in the form of representational work such as Photo Realism.
If you've never read it (as it first came out in 1976) and you're interested or puzzled by what was going on then I suggest you read this book. It's quite an easy read if you know your basic art history and is rather boisterous and amusing with occasional flurries of Latin thrown in the mix.