Great Art + Strange Coincidences = Pretty Cool.
Strange Coincidence #1
Pavel Büchler, Eclipse, installation source
- I liked a picture of Pavel Büchler’s “Eclipse” installation at Max Wigram Gallery, and as I blogged about it a few weeks ago.
- I found a book edited by Büchler, in Islington Mill‘s new library last week. Sally Lai, Chinese Arts Centre‘s awesome new CEO, told me that Büchler’s a local professor .
- In fact, I’d been attending Büchler’s Tuesday Talks at the Whitworth Gallery for the past few weeks. I remember him because he kept the level of discourse very high.
- I emailed him and he offered to meet up with me just before he leaves town for several weeks! It turns out we have a mutual interest in hand-drawing historical scripts.
- Büchler’s “Amerika (after Franz Kafka)” (2003) says “Everyone is Welcome,” suggesting a critical perspective on America’s anti-terrorism efforts after 9/11. But the original text probably refers to openness of which Fareed Zakaria would approve in the Post-American World.
Pavel Büchler, Amerika (after Franz Kafka), (2003), Sketch for a lettering made of two-way silver reflective foil on the front windows of the Metropole Galleries, a former seaside hotel in Folkestone. source
Strange Coincidence #2
Simon & Tom Bloor’s “As long as it lasts” exhibition at Eastside Projects, Birmhingham, UK. source
I came across images of “As long as it lasts”, a new exhibition by Simon & Tom Bloor at the Eastside Projects. It is an installation incorporating potted plants, birch trees, and text art. Yes!
- One of the first things I did upon arriving for the Breathe Residency is buy a potted plant with the idea of incorporating it into an installation.
- The Bloor brothers’ past work includes really great text-based flyers. I’ve also been drawing little signs lately.
- The Bloor brothers are also exhibiting billboards in Leicester, and one of the other billboard artists is April Gertler, who I went to school with in Oakland, CA in the late 1990s.
*Produced in the Breathe Residency at Chinese Arts Centre.