Hey there Dear Listener - went to the Arts Society of Ulster's 10th Anniversary Exhibition last evening - here's some wee photos for those of you who missed the event.
Now I normally despise openings cause you have to pretend - not the fun kind of pretend where you get to invent stories about yourself and your various exploits - but the kind of pretend where you have to be polite and restrain yourself from sneering at the complete lack of artistry mixed with misguided ambition normally on display at these kind of things.
You're calling me an asshole?
Who am I to look down at this collection of, well - OK it is mostly hopeless - but heartfelt work?
Well, you're right of course.
I am being a jerk cause the Arts Society of Ulster's 'main aim is to promote and encourage interest in the fine and applied arts in Northern Ireland', (quote from their catalogue).
And there's nothing wrong with that. Long-time listeners of the Podcast know how devoted I am to the propagation of art - and my commitment to art's potential in making the world a better place; and hey, not only do they show work, the Arts Society also organises various courses in areas such as 'life drawing' and awards prizes to young artists and designers.
So enough of my bitching at the variable quality of the work. Hell, I can't paint or draw so what right do I have to complain?
No right - so here's some more photos from the opening instead:
Not sure what's happening below. It's possible they had some sort of disagreement.
This is typical of the work shown:
I hope these two had a good time. You could buy the art at the show so perhaps they were shopping for a last minute Christmas gift.
This photo is kind of a buffer, and I'll tell you why:
You see - I know I shouldn't bitch. I agree with what I said above. I have no right to complain about the work. Heck, a lot of the artists in the show aren't 'professional' in the traditional sense...but...there is one painting in the show.
It's the worst painting in the world.
I've deliberately hidden it far down in this post to spare you in case you do not have the constitution Dear Reader.
Scroll down if you must.
(Here it comes...)
Good lord that's bad.
OK. Enough of that.
If I really believe I can do better than I have to put my money where my mouth, (blog?), is and try myself. So I went out and got a couple of books, (OK - the 'Zen of Seeing' was actually a gift that I really have not looked at yet).
I'm going to teach myself to draw folks. If I can't draw or illustrate then I have no right to judge that monstrosity that lurks farther up this post. I'll start on my trip to the States and report back to you in the next podcast. Wish me luck.
And if you're in Belfast in the next couple of weeks you could do worse than to visit the Exhibition - here's the details:
Arts Society of Ulster - 10 Annual Exhibition - 2006
The Switch Room
84-89 Great Patrick Street, Belfast
Exhibition continues every day from Wednesday 20th of December till Friday 29th December, excluding Christmas and Boxing Day, 10am till 5pm.