Very pleased to learn that my application to join ArtCan has been successful. Looking forward to working with them, meeting the other members and finding out about what they have planned for the coming year.
ArtCan is a non-profit arts organisation that supports artists through profile raising activities and exhibitions, an open network of ‘likeminded’ peers, and practical support structures.
I’ve given my website a much needed facelift. I have been working on it for weeks now, testing it out on another domain. The transfer over to dalessandri.co.uk seemed to go smoothly enough. I was sure I had taken every precaution, and tested everything out. And then I realised that the photos from all my blog entries had disappeared!!!
So I’ve spent the last few evenings going through my blog entries, trying to find copies of the missing photos. Quite a few posts have had to be deleted, because I just can’t find any suitable photos. And so far I’ve only checked about a third of the posts!
Oh well, I quite like the look of my new site, so hopefully it won’t need a revamp for a couple of years.
I’ve started work on a series of headless nudes. It’s a development of some figure studies I have been working on. I was interested in seeing to what extent a sense of the sitter’s identity could be conveyed if, first, they were stripped of their clothes, and then, as in the case with this painting, their heads were cropped from the painting.
Despite having a stinking cold, I braved a chilly winter evening to attend the opening night of Intent (Part Two) – the latest show organised by Cultivate and curated by Sean Worrall and Emma Harvey. As with all of Cultivate’s events, it was well attended, with an interesting selection of art on display.
Last weekends’s event “Unexpected”, presented by Stomach, went well. Despite the nearest train station being closed for engineering work, there was still a good turn out. In fact, the security guy had to usher people out the door at 11pm, as the artists were trying to take their works down. Not bad for an art exhibition.
There was music, performance art, and snacks served by a naked waiter. I look forward to seeing Stomach IV next year.
I’ll be showing a few paintings at the upcoming Stomach III exhibition/show at Hoxton Arches. It’s on for one day only, and if the previous event – Stomach II – is anything to go by, it’s sure to be an entertaining evening.