Sunday, May 1, 2016

A trip through the detail

We are home on the mountain doing all those post trip chores - unpacking, washing, sorting, uploading photos to computer etc.

The 'souveniers' Fiona and I bring home and many of the photos we take tend to convince me that we are a bit odd.

Below you can see my stash of souvenirs - blow lamp and large rusted nail from Orkney, spirit level, thermometer, brass taps from The World of Rust Trecastle Wales and another spirit level from Cardiff. And of course there are stones, sea glass and brass rods….

©2016 Barry Smith - Bits for assemblage work
And one can follow some of our trip through some of my favourite photos.

©2016 Barry Smith - Faint name on a Edinburgh wall
©2016 Barry Smith - Boat anchor ring Carsaig on Mull
©2016 Barry Smith - Detail on a sculpture - Iona 
©2016 Barry Smith - Detail of an abandoned boat on Mull
©2016 Barry Smith - Detail of standing stone - Lochbuie stone circle - Mull
©2016 Barry Smith - Highland cow in the Mull soft winter blasted landscape
©2016 Barry Smith - Offerings on a window ledge in St Clements church Rodel Harris
©2016 Barry Smith - Peat stack on Harris - blue spring day
©2016 Barry Smith - Detail of sculpture - John o'groats
©2016 Barry Smith - Lichen on a standing stone - Brodgar Stone Circle Orkney
©2016 Barry Smith - Detail of a doorway - Stromness Orkney
©2016 Barry Smith - Builders mark on a pillar in St Magnus Cathedral Kirkwall Orkney
©2016 Barry Smith - Detail of wall on Scottish parliament building Edinburgh
©2016 Barry Smith - Rusted anchor chain, ropes and rocks on boat harbour Porthgain Wales
©2016 Barry Smith - Mark and lichen on a Pictish stone - church grounds Nevern Wales
©2016 Barry Smith - Runes on a christian baptismal font Defynnog Wales
©2016 Barry Smith - Detail of a war-peace memorial sculpture - Cardiff Wales
©2016 Barry Smith _ Layers of history in the paint - close wall - Edinburgh
©2016 Barry Smith - Layers of history in paint, wires, signage and doorways - Edinburgh
©2016 Barry Smith - Detail of an art work using shaved fur coats - Modern Art Gallery Edinburgh
Next week will see a return to a more normal life on the block and in our community - whatever that means.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Spheres and gears

One's eyes are often drawn to those elements that make up part of our art practice - so it comes as no surprise that my eyes would be drawn to stones and metal spheres such as those below. These were part of a sculpture installation out the front of the Sheraton hotel in Edinburgh - we walked by to our much more modest digs.

The gears and shiny things were seen in the Scottish National Museum in Edinburgh. They are part of a Corliss steam engine. They of course had a link to my Artisan Lamps.

The overseas sojourn has now come to an end so future blog posts will be from our mountain top. Much was seen and enjoyed; and much inspiration and energy will be taken home.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A few images from galleries

Whilst in Cardiff Fiona and I had the chance to visit the Wales National Museum and Gallery where they have one of the biggest collections of impressionist and post-impressionist art outside of France. This had come about through a bequest by two sisters. As usual while I was taken by the beauty of many pieces I was even more taken by details or fragments of the pieces which follow.

We also visited the Scottish National Modern Art Gallery - again some images.

I find some modern art does not appeal but works such as the fur coats that had been shaved to reveal the stitching and joins grabbed me - I think it was all the detail and the way the artist had deliberately worked with the garments to reveal underlying beauty given the controversy around fur coats.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Fragments from the streets

One feature of Fiona's and my journey is the amount of walking we do; but it is through walking that one discovers fragments of art, history and lives. 

A few images from Cardiff streets including the first photos of a public sculpture that was part of a war memorial. One side of the work was a face, the other the hull of a ship and the back the structure of a boat -  a very powerful work.

And there we less challenging fragments in Cardiff.

We are back in Edinburgh and there are always layers of history and forgotten bits.

We also visited a couple of public galleries in Cardiff and Edinburgh but sharing fragments from those will be for another day.