June 18th – 21st – Amiens
Delivered and installed the week of the 18th for the opening on June 20th. I have made 2 paintings on aluminium panel for the Grande Salon and a video piece based on the historic velvet samples that are in the Toscan velvet factory in Amiens.
The paintings have been hung at either ends of the Gallery.
The Video was installed in the foyer and also on the ‘Ile Perdu’ on the Hortinollage or ‘floating gardens ‘ on the River Somme
The Musée du Picardie was built between 1855 and 1867, and was one of the first to built in the provinces. It houses a collection ranging from Roger van de Weyden El Greco, Courbet and Picasso. The “louvre’ sized Grande Salon was added later (built on the central courtyard) to house the enormous paintings that were being produced later on the Century.
Move over Camille Corot
Although quite a challenge to exhibit in an enormous and very 19th century space like the Grande Salon – it was very interesting having the work mixed in with such monumental paintings.
‘3018 Godiva’ is an Asteroid discovered in 1982 and is situated between Mars and Jupiter.
Pigment identification from paint cross sections (see Woad Trip 1) from a painting by Florence Weston (1868-42) in the Herbert Gallery were used as the starting point for the two paintings. The painting by Florence Weston is a copy after George Jones ‘Lady Godiva’ (1834), also in the Herbert Gallery collection. What intrigued me about the Godiva myth and the various copies and versions of paintings and stories is how the myth is perpetuated by these versions but also changed and adapted (Peeping Tom came in 200 years after the original Godiva story). Paint analysis is intended for the Conservator/historian to understand better the artists technique (which it does) but it is also perhaps an attempt to get closer to a work, or look for an element of truth in a painting – but it doesn’t get closer at all… it just gets further away.
The ‘Velvet’ Video is an 8 minute piece using the swatches documented at The Toscan Factory, Amiens. The Video is being projected onto a specially produced ‘linen velvet’ screen by Toscan for the exhibition. The swatches date back to the 1860’s and go right up until the 1960’s. They will be projected continually onto the velvet screen until September with the intention of altering the colour of the velvet screen in the area where colour swatches have been projected.