Bedwyr Williams, Walk a mile in my shoes, 2006
Installation with size 13 shoes, written notes, poster, shelving and foot rests
I loved this one, reminded me of myself and my struggles to accept my own big feet! The viewer is encouraged to try on each pair of the artists size 13 shoes, each accompanied with a note explaining the origin of said shoes. This reminded me of a piece I did in 2007 called Clown (see above).
Saatchi at Ipswich Art School
(above) Guerra de la Paz, Nine, 2007, Mixed media sculptural installation
(below) Michaelangelo Pistoletto, Venus in Rags, 1967, 1974
I got very excited when I glimpsed Nine through the gallery doorway, immediately reminded of Venus of the Rags which I have always adored and saw the last time I visited Tate Modern. The piles and piles of discarded and presumably second hand clothing gives the feel and, might I add musty smell of a charity shops or jumble sales. The nine pairs of legs underneath Nine create the feeling of some sort of second hand creature, but to me,also gave the sense of hiding, similar to that of a small child getting lost between the clothes rails.
Having previously missed the first Saatchi exhibition at Ipswich Art School I was determined not to miss this one. It is very exciting to have such a well known art collector in little ol’ Ipswich I was keen to see what we were getting and have to say I was not disappointed.
A fine array of oddities including a giant wagon-like sculpture made from vintage furniture and creepy creature costumes (scared me to say the least) were among the collection in Ipswich Art School. I have a few images of my favourites (apologies for the terrible camera phone pics!) which I thought I would share.
Revisitations is on from 23rd March - 26th August 2012. Worth having a look if you’re in the area!