Monday, 4 May 2009

MICHAEL CRAIG MARTIN, DANNY MOYNIHAN and GAVIN TURK and MICHAEL NYMAN WITH HIS TWO VIDEO INSTALLATIONS AT THE GARAGE, MOSCOW




MICHAEL CRAIG MARTIN

Michael gave a lecture in THE GARAGE IN MOSCOW, an amazing new space with some fabulous art. Subuth Gupta's huge skull and
some erotic photographs of David Lynch. The Garage reminded me of the space Saatchi had in boundary road.
He is the most charming figure in the Art World, beautifully dressed elegant with a very chic space in London.


Michael went to Yale before going to England, At 13 he discovered modern art and architecture. He stumbled on it, and later he was persuaded to go to Yale which at the time had a magnificent art department. He was taught to be positive and grab all chances, when he came to England, he found the students felt that they had been cheated. In the 1970's he started teaching at Goldsmiths, and he taught his students that they needed to believe that the outside world wanted them. In the late 80's there was a turning point, Damien Hirst organized an exhibition in his 2nd year which became a huge success. Everyone of the participants became successful. People thought that maybe Damien would become a curator, but as we know he turned a few very tricky drawings into expensive installations and huge successes, with the help of Charles Saatchi and Jay Jopling. The shark, the sheep and the cow. Medicine cabinets. He taught them it was better to have Galleries of their generation not older. Gavin Turk jumped he made the right decision.

GAVIN TURK

A chirpy bright blue eyed man, was disillusioned by his experiences at Art school. Art was something you did hidden away on a Sunday, something you didn't admit to, a hobby. Then he failed his MA, and strangely this was noticed by the press and everybody, and soon he became a success for this one piece. From an economy of failure he started to succeed. He went to Kingston, Chelsea and then the Royal College of Art.

MCM

Today is more tricky the rules are marshmallow so if you push, you break.

GT

Art and Education are difficult bedfellows, he found social interaction the interesting thing. Now you can do everything and before you couldn't.

MCM

You continue and continue and only stop when you die.
The People who should learn to draw are those that want draw.

GT

You use the drawing to control the people who work with you to make your ideas.

MCM

You must know which way you want to use your drawings, there is Matisse and then there is a story board.

It is important how you show your work and that is part of the curriculum.

You can't teach somebody to be an artist, they need to teach themselves.

GT

The most important artwork is the one that is misunderstood by the most amount of people.

MCM

It is exciting to do something other than the orthodoxy. It is exciting to be resistant. So many ways to make art that people had not considered.

THE GREAT ARTISTS STEAL and THE BAD ARTIST BORROWS.

When he was younger he looked at everybody but now he is older he goes back into the little world he creates.
Every great artist has to be connected, well connected for moments in his life.


MICHAEL NYMAN

Showed two short films out of a series of 35. Distractions, the first film. It is accidental art, during the process of editing, where all the answers were proceeded by hesitation. Pointless having answers. He told the story as the interviewer sees it. The first reminded me and made me write

The talking
endless talking
In Russian
her red nails
the photographer
his melody playing
in between the talking
endless talking
Um
The Photographer
talking
Ah yes
a breath
11.19


THE SECOND VIDEO

Is very moving and about some Gypsies who were put into a concentration camp in the South of France during the 2nd world war.


SUBODH GUPTA

Subodh I met when I did the Made by Indian book with Enrico Navarra, in New Delhi. Being a lover of skulls for 40 years I crave his which is housed at the entrance of the Garage. He was born in 1964, and is as much of a star in the art world as Damien Hirst. He is charming and more approachable than his English contemporaries. He has a cosiness and you really want to spend time with him. I saw him at the Peter Nagey gallery in Delhi where he was showing his current work.

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