This week I have been listening to (and painting and designing to) David Bowie, Sound + Vision Box Set, Astrakan Café by Anouar Brahem, Jungle Revolution in Dub by Congo Natty and Matthew Bourne’s Isotach. All sublime, all offer different rhythms and atmospheres.
I have recently been working on an A3 poster design for a Scottish Mental Health Art Festival exhibition to be shown in Summerhall, Edinburgh later this year.
Here are two draft versions that are loosely based on the theme of ‘new beginnings’, for ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’.
Now in its sixth year, Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind is a collaborative exhibition of over 100 artworks in various media. It is a mix of works by professional artists who have experienced mental health issues, and self-made artists working with community mental health projects. There are a range of motivations, from personal expression, development of artistic practice and the experience of the therapeutic benefits of working in a group or solo, to formal art therapy and political activism.
My preferred version has a totally empty sky with all the text below the horizon. I think this emphasises the vastness of the cosmos, of ‘new beginnings’ and in an ironic way, puts all the exhibition information ‘out of sight and out of mind’ below the horizon. I also like the logo as a reflection of the moon! The text layout needs more focus once the overall image has been agreed.
I took this photograph a few months ago at Tate Britain in the All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life exhibition. I work in a gallery and see this all the time; people glued to their mobile/cell phones. I don’t mean the casual look to check the time or a new text message but prolonged scrolling and viewing. It saddens me, especially in an art gallery where you should be observing great works in a meditative atmosphere.
Apparently, using smart phones diminishes thinking and focus so maybe we should be worried?