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Shrewd Idiot’s Book Launch at CAC

Book Launch + Birthday Celebration

It was not just a Book Launch, it was my 67th Birthday Celebration at Colchester Arts Centre (CAC) on Sunday altho’ my birthday is 27 Oct we had decided that Nov5 is an easier date to remember remember. As it turned out we forgot to celebrate ma birtdae, altho’ my wife did send a cake to CAC which my guests enjoyed. I was too busy clearing up the stage area so the next act could set up..

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Ant competing with aplomb with the Shrewd Idiot for dad dancer of the year.

Anthony Roberts gave me the invite to Launch on seeing a copy of my The Shrewd Idiot book and he also gave me a beautifully phrased introduction yesterday which made me feel real good!

A Rich dancing for pencil
Richard Spencer who did a beautiful rendition of Neil Young’s After the Goldrush.

Richard Spencer did two songs beautifully to help me tell the shrewd idiot’s tale (of woe & glad tiding)

The Performance Art gig I did just grew and grew in the weeks (nay months) of prep as I got more excited on its approach. The idea which underpins my PA gigs is to bring my static 2D, 3D and BookArt forms to life, to have them walking and talking and most of all DANCING to celebrate life, theirs and mine!

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stage set with 3 of my 1968-70 self portrasits which each became a mask in the gig. I have not used those easels in a while now.

CAC gave me the best facilities I have ever had access to and I am very very grateful for that. Neil Thorp (the man detailed out by Mark Senior Techie who left the country on seeing my scrip) to do the Techie work was very helpful and patient with this first timer. He accommodated my script and its being crammed with different ‘tracks’ of music (which I had edited down in Audacity to give my story a running musical accompaniment appropriate to the story line and of course with a dance beat I could move to in what one of those present has kindly called ‘dad dancing’) and different ‘slide changes’ on a powerpoint I never had intended to use but it was apparently the best way to coordinate the sound, vision and lighting schedules. Ben Howard it was who organised the provision for my gig and gave me encouraging words in the weeks before. Anyway the outcome was tremendous as I looked at the stage before the crowd was allowed in.

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Although I had a poster printed on yellow paper (A3,4 & 5!) and got it distributed around Colchester, even at the Town Hall, there was something lacking in my promotion of the gig as all those who turned up already owned copies of my Beautiful Shrewd Idiot book. I did mention it (hundreds of times) in my blArt, posted a tweet about it and the lovely Daphne Sandham at Colchester Art Society put up a mention of it in her weekly newsletter to members and she retweeted my tweet. They came to see if the man in the book was for real. Well, in the book he was 18-23 years old between 1969-73, in the process of becoming an artist & teacher whilst being tamed by 3 lovely women in those years. Yes he does exist but a bit older now and not necessarily as good a dancer altho’ he did attempt to disprove that fallacious, rather libellous, definitely deleterious theory to cries of ‘dad dancing’ called in mock humour.

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The Idiot dancer from 1970, don’t be fooled by the mask he’s still in there!

He also exhibited some salacious stories about his former self(s). Some of his creations ‘came to life too’ well one did, Apulhed, whose appearance was indeed the highlight, an opinion unanimously acclaimed by the audience.

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Apulhed in all his glory  speaking to humanity asking them to mend their ways.

Here’s some images of the author dad-dancing and not caring about the consequences (in fact some of his moves were perfec Zumba).

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The 3 dad dancers taken by Christine Dixon

Here’s the Emperor Rosegon Dance Competition in full swing. The judge was a bit biased! I admit now I should have come 3rd not 1st, but whose birthday and whose gig were it any road up!

One of the best things which arose from the gig was a beautiful informed review written by Gary Malkin of the Artist’s Book Archive at Baltic, Gatesheed. I’ll ask his permission to post it next time as he gave great insight into my books, particularly The Shrewd Idiot, Christine Dixon created two beautiful handouts for the gig which I wish I had used in the advance publicity. She also came up on stage to grace the floor with her dancing skills as I reminisced about my chat up lines from the 1970s! Thank you Christine. Thanks also to Dave Doughty who acted as the Taxi Driver and the film maker. I hope to post the results of his efforts in the not too distant so you can enjoy ma gig at CAC.

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Christine putting up with my 1970s chat up.

Namaste

 

 

 

Firstsite new beginning, Part 2.

For Part 1 go to https://apulhed.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/91326/

On Sunday I dropped in to hear Anthony Roberts do a guided tour of the building and all who sail in her.

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He has a good way with words but more importantly he has a good angle on the possibilities at the gallery.

ant desperate for banana smHere he goes for a bite of a lady’s banana

He began with an intro in the foyer.ant happy familysmHappy families

He explained that Hunt & Darton have come in to serve as the café, but they are really a performance art gig.

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He took us round to the side of the building which has always seemed out of bounds. It gives us a lovely view of the architecture which is, despite all the differing opinions, still a landmark building which we should admire and spread the word about.

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I feel that this side of the ‘park’ needs to be made more accessible, so that people can just spend their time lolling around it, picknicking and all. Maybe live outdoor gigs?

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Hold on a bit it’s not the only good architecture around here, there’s that old church too

ant thechurchSo we get the best of both worlds here

Anthony explained he’s actually been involved with Firstsite since it was first dreamed up by a lady he once knew. He must have been distressed to see it as it went through the pangs of despair in the original build and the subsequent mis-direction. Some of the old guard seemed to think it more important to appeal to about ten people in London than to get the local populace incorporated into its projects.

We went thru the office area into the ex-café zone. It’s rather unfortunate the proprietors of the Whitechapel café left too soon, If they had stuck around a few more weeks they may see a surge in visitor numbers. Now it seems the Hunt and Darton girls will have to fill that bill. And very entertaining they are.

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We stood on the veranda overlooking a ‘field’ which access to and through is severely limited cos of histoirical issues which need to be ironed out and left behind for the gallery to grow with quick access to a public car park.

ant hold back the lightLet’s work together and get this place on the map.

Outside the morris dancersmorris dancers sm morris dancers bang the drum sm morris dancers 1 sm did energetic jigs and the street dancers joined in.

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And the new staff seem lively and very friendly too.new lauren sm

Triumphal Buzz

Triumphal Buzz

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In one fell swoop Anthony Roberts has turned the juggernaut that was Firstsite gallery around.

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(In many ways) Misused & Underused Confused & Abused (MUCA), The Golden Gallery seemed interminably Directed in constant collision with calamitous disappointment NOW it has been re-Directed and appears to be heading for the success it should have always known. It will be hard, rough seas will be born however there is now Hope, hope for the future of Colchester as a great centre of art which attracts not only the local populace but people from far & wide. Much work to be done tho’.

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firstite bus firstite crowd 7 firstite treefolks ant wit flowas

ant wit flowas ant strider ant full swing ant cranks up

And Virtue comes from Oswaldthwistle!

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The artist who has been fortuitous enough to benefit from Anthony Robert’s advent (the feeling’s mutual I’m sure) is called John Virtue who hails from my neck of the woods, the home of Accrington Stanley. His work is very good. This show is all B&W. My favourite work is in the display cabinets in his sketchbooks wherein the images are drawn on location. These images have everything; vitality, washes of greys and the flurry of a variety of marks and lines that describe the swishing and swooping of the waves and wind.

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I’ll say no more, just look at these images from the opening (Friday 12th June 2015). Look at the happy crowd of all ages giving rise to a Wonderful Golden Buzz!

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Ps I won’t be showing at Firstsite, not just yet yet but I shall be showing at The Baltic Gallery (Gateshead/Newcastle) on the 10 & 11 of July 2015. There’s a lot to learn from the Baltic. Vatch dis Kevin Spacey for more on that soon.

Oh Bee Joy-full.

Oh Bee Joy-full.

a jugman in a jug

Life is but the cosmic blink of an eye so bee

Joyful rather than Sadfull

Succinct rather than verbose

Small rather than massive

Sweet rather than sour

Rejoice rather than whinge

Happy rather than mad

Simple rather than complex

Beauty rather than ugliness

Light rather than heavy

Smile rather than frown

Bright rather than dull

Most all of my working life I did deep & complex cos (in my weakness) I associated simple with shallow. NOW I see that less is at least as good as more, maybe even better/best in our ‘modern’ world with its rush of values and change (we are as the native Amerindians, the Hopi People said, Koyanisquatsi- out of balance, with many tings. The danger with a life of learning is you try to cram all your discoveries into all that you do when there is a need to be more precise. Bee Succinct.

As I said in an earlier blArt

I don’t do failure

If I don’t succeed I try again and again

Until I breakthrough

This is evidenced in my lifework

See ‘about’ at top of my blArt post

or this https://wordpress.com/me

BUT be warned

It is only a brief scan of where I shewed

And some comments on books I done

It leaves out major aspecs

My oils

Ma prints

Me teaching careering

And it fails to communicate the beauty

And pertinacity

Of my output in all its forms

Which should be seen in good spaces

Heard in special places

Even the ugerli bits

Like my ‘dance’ and ‘talk’

(he says tinking he’s only jesting).

I have begun werk on my new/old buk, The Shrewd Idiot Altered

‘And he saw that it was good’

Here’s a littul poster, a taster, a signifier of what you’re going to see:

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On a totally diffrunt note, ‘BoooonG’

I see Anthony Roberts has taken the reins at Firstsite

I believe he is the one to do the job

With his incredible track record at ColArts Centre and his knowledge of the local field(s)

Here he is rexscuing dames outside the place on St Gorgeous’s Day

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ta to my mate Ian Woollard of Tamworth, Exeter and Dorchester fame for the bee photograph!