Print from Jay Valle
Another gem that fell into my internet lap... a beautiful print of Three Leaves from Jay Valle of Long Island. Once a Federal Agent, Jay now totes a camera instead of a side-arm and has created some beautiful images. He is a creative photographer who embraces digital techniques to produce some stunning images. You can see some of his work at BetterPhoto
Print from Steve Emery
This print of a road at night in a forest in British Columbia was taken by Steve Emery. He kindly allowed me to send the image to Fine Art Trade Guild Accredited Printers RADCLIFFE IMAGING
The image was printed using the Giclée process on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, which gives incredible depth and luminosity. The print is now in a black frame, the first of a new, personal collection of contemporary photographic images. Many thanks to Steve for allowing me to do this.
The Giclée printing process involves squirting or spraying microscopic dots of pigment-based ink onto high quality art paper or canvas. The image is colour corrected to attain the closest possible match to the original work if required. The digital information is fine tuned to the type of paper or surface on which the image is to be printed, in this instance, Photo Rag . Hahnemühle, the German paper mill, has been producing mould made artist papers for over 425 years.
Patrick Murphy's Pigeon
Patrick Murphy's Pigeon
An art installation (curated by the Sim Smith Gallery) was launched in Soho Square of Patrick Murphy's bright, plastic pigeons as part of the Art Social ’14 festival.
Pigeons have a bad reputation and tend to be regarded as pests. According to Murphy, the installation aimed to raise questions surrounding the struggle for acceptance, feelings of marginalisation and homelessness in urban environments. The Soho Flock supported the work of the charity at The House of St. Barnabas and by provoking questions about ownership and feelings of being accepted or marginalised, represented any group that struggles to find a natural home or sense of acceptance in society.
Sam Smith Gallery held a prize draw of one of the pigeons, and I was the lucky winner. Piggy is now a much admired and valued work in my home.
Metaphor for Life, conceptual installation, Tate Britain as part of Liminal Project, August 2013
Bindu Shard by James Turrell
Bindu Shard by James Turrell
I was fortunate to win a competition run by the design magazine Wallpaper, the prize being a private viewing at the Gagosian gallery in London and the opportunity to be inserted into the installation Bindu Shards by James Turrell, the American artist who works in the medium of light.
This installation is a particular interesting work. It is art as a spectacle, a performance, where the artist is a magician, complete with props and sleight of hand, using tricks to create an illusion of a different reality with us, the viewers, as willing participants in the magic.
Turrell was influenced by his his father who was an aeronautical engineer and his Quaker mother who was a doctor and her belief of 'seeing behind the eye'. Bindu is the creative point where all energies are focused; the dot worn on the forehead as indicative of the third eye. Turrell's work centres on dissolving horizons, to float us into realities without boundaries and embodies an ultimate type of freedom.
The sphere has strong influences from the worlds of medicine and space exploration, and anyone entering the sphere has to sign a disclaimer. which heightens the sense of theatre. I was wheeled into the sphere on a surgical trolley by white-coated technicians, as if going into an operating theatre. The magic is in the suspension of reality and the amazing light show, designed to either promote relaxation or induce an intense boost of energy. I felt as if I were swimming through space and time, in a world that had nothing except colour and sound. I found the experience very meaningful and even moving, and feel privileged to have been one of the few people to become a Bindu traveller.
This installation was featured in South Downs College to mark World Peace Day on 21 September 2010. Each crane was made with the wish for peace, using white paper, the colour of mourning in Japan. Senbazuru means one thousand cranes.
The object of the installation was for students, staff and members of the public to take a crane and make a wish for peace. When all the cranes were gone, the installation had achieved its aim of sending a thousand wishes for peace into the world.
One of the most popular forms of origami, or paper folding, is the crane, a symbol of long life, good fortune, beauty and peace. Over many centuries, people came to believe that if they folded a thousand cranes, their prayers would be answered.
On 6 August 1945 an atomic bomb called ‘Little Boy; was dropped from the ‘Elona Gay’, an American B29 bomber, on the city of Hiroshima in Japan. It is estimated that 45,000 people died in the blast and a further 19,000 people from the effects of radiation over the next four months.
A young orphaned girl, Sadako Sasaki, suffered from radiation-induced leukaemia and spent the last few months of her life in hospital. Japanese medicine is traditionally dispensed in powder form, folded into a square of paper. Sadako began to make sembazuru from the medicine wrappers in the hope that she would be made well again. As she saw other children in the hospital die, she began to pray for them and for an end to wars so that no more children would ever have to suffer. Eventually she simply prayed for peace. When Sadako died, she had folded 644 cranes. People who knew her story began to fold cranes to complete her sembazuru and help make her wish come true. As more people learnt about her prayer for peace, more and more cranes were sent to Hiroshima.
In 1962, Karl Bruckner, an Austrian committed to peace and international understanding, wrote Sadako’s story, which was published in 122 countries in 22 languages. Since then, cranes have been sent to Hiroshima from all over the world and are hung in the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima Peace Park. The International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, is held on 21 September every year. It is dedicated to peace, or more specifically, the absence of war, and is observed by many nations, political and military groups, and ordinary people across the world.