Earlier this year, I had the opportunity of appearing in a short film being made by the artist Edward Thomasson. The film was called ‘Inside’ and was part of an exhibition of the same name that he was having at the South London Gallery. It was an exploration of different kinds of ‘inside’. My partner Neil was also in it. He and I are singing on a sofa, and he is also the prison guard. Edward didn’t want professional singers, he wanted it to sound like an ordinary couple talking about something that had happened in the news, but in song. So to reiterate, we were DELIBERATELY not sounding like professional singers, because yeah, we totally could have sounded like professional singers if we’d wanted to, got it?
The film is 15 minutes long, so you might not want to watch the whole thing (there won’t be a test…well, maybe just a short one), but if you want to see it, it’s below. You’ll have to ignore the big ‘Wondershare’ watermark/logo on it; that was down to my failure to find an appropriate file conversion program to convert it into a format that I could upload to YouTube. I spent a long time. Nothing worked. I had to settle for this one that slapped the big old watermark on there…
More recently, a Facebook friend put out a call for unwanted old white plastic patio chairs. Her artist husband, Sam Westbury, wanted them to use in an exhibition he was putting together, entitled ‘Can’t Open the Door’. And you’ve guessed it, I stepped up. My four old white plastic patio chairs, which had been festering outside for years, were handed over.
Two nights ago, we went to see the exhibition, or ‘Immersive installation’ (See how I’m learning all the lingo now that I’m so in there with these arty folk) at ‘The Pie Factory’ in Margate. I took a photo of the section with the chairs, which is posted below. It looks a bit strange out of context here, but it’s part of a whole story that the installation takes you through. I’m certainly no art critic, so I wouldn’t presume to review it, but I truly did enjoy it. I had the opportunity for a chat with Sam, and he explained it all to me (in words that I understood), and it made perfect sense, I could see how all the elements worked together. Sam even said that one of my comments was very perceptive (Me! Perceptive about art!). It’s called an ‘Immersive installation’ because you don’t just stand and look at it; you experience it, you become part of it. It also stayed with me, I kept thinking about it afterwards and over the weekend. Anyway, without further ado, my old chairs are in here somewhere:
If you would like more info on Sam’s exhibition, and more photos, there is a Facebook group here – https://www.facebook.com/groups/452476074774097/
So have you ever been an exhibit in a gallery in the same year as your patio furniture has, or is it only separate years for you guys?