Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Open Art Surgery

The intention summarised:

Given that artists are increasingly qualified, some with PhDs, we (The Doomsbury Set duo plus Jonathan Gilhooly) intend to investigate the concept of an Art Surgery modelled upon the idea of a Doctor's Surgery. Open Art Surgery begins with the premise that art-works presented by individuals might be treated as “patients”, for which diagnoses, remedies and treatments can be dispensed.

This is what will appear in the Brighton Fringe 2010 brochure:

"ARE YOUR PAINTINGS SICK? Do you own artworks which may require expert diagnosis? Bring them to the Open Art Surgery where qualified Doctors of Art will prescribe an-aesthetics, treatments and cures.

We specialise in ailments such as Poor Composition, Tonal Problems and Disharmonious Colour, and more complex issues such as Want of Meaning and ‘Era Infection’. Operations may be necessary..."

Notes from discussion with Arts Council

  • How will funding help with development of practice(s)?
  • What could you do with funding that you couldn't otherwise?
  • The idea seems like a good one.
  • Is there equipment you will need?
  • Describe marketing plans.
  • Think about audiences.
  • How will this help you as individual artists and collaborators?
  • I spoke originally about £4000 based on initial rough calculations
  • A later e-mail suggested that it's best to apply as a group (because that is what we are)









Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Sunday, 21 February 2010

We do not need to be educational in any way...

I feel more convinced as time passes that we are right in our thinking that the 'artifacts' themselves are treated as the patients and that we might resist giving too much directly, in terms of advice, to the owners, creators or at least that we should be careful to remind ourseleves that we not need to be educational in any way.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Landy different

In response to a communication from an artist friend of mine based in Cork City, Ireland who said in relation to OAS:

"so you favour a more redemptive humane approach to failed art than this? http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23800142-rubbish-modern-art-dumped-as-trash-for-exhibition-art-bin.do "

I said in response:

"I'm glad you saw the link though becuase this art surgery idea has been in my little skull for a few years now and two others and I are going forward with it this May and it pissed me off that there were some similarities with Landy's latest initiative and it might look as though we were simply building on his ideas when it fact it came independently. Anyway as you say this is an attempt to resuscitate so significantly different."

then he, le friend, replied:

Come here boy, what's all this concern with originality eh? You want to be first to the market with your innovation or something? What's that all about?

then i replied to le friend:

i know what you're saying about originality. of course i do. i hope you know that i know what you're saying. and my guess is that both of us know that this is not as simple a matter as you suggest.

advertisers seem to like originality. maybe on this front saatchi has done a lot of damage.

anyway i seem to remember your problem with the likes of sean scully, finding a formula and then repeating it ad-nausium.

then dr. jon said to me:

I fail to see that there is any similarity whatsoever between OAS and Michael Landy’s ‘work’ (this, regardless of my opinion of him, or of any notions of ‘originality’ - whatever that is...)

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Are your paintings bad?

ARE YOUR PAINTINGS SICK? Do you own artworks which may require expert diagnosis? Bring them to the Open Art Surgery where qualified Doctors of Art will prescribe an-aesthetics, treatments and cures.

We specialise in ailments such as Poor Composition, Tonal Problems and Disharmonious Colour, and more complex issues such as Want of Meaning and ‘Era Infection’. Operations may be necessary.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Re-Search (Ground Control)


New 'Puns of Dubious Quality' for possible use:
Art-ery
Owrt-ism