We picked up the 6 banners today from the makers, all 7 foot tall, bring the number of art pieces over 6 feet high to 35. The banners display poems and sayings to compliment the imagery. Can't wait to put it all up in the same space.
Things must be getting serious now, I have made a twelfth scale model of Gek's exhibition layout!!!! The real thing needs 1,500 sq ft to set it up in. Every component is at least 6 foot high. Gek, of course, is 5 foot nothing!
There are four separate but related parts, the progression through the art work being in a clockwise direction.
First you meet Gek and a small selection of her friends.
Second is the rest of the world, Faces of peoples from different parts of our planet forming an enclosed, 12 ft diameter circle. We have laid this out for real and I have to say, the effect of standing at the centre with 12 pairs of eyes on you is quite weird. Perhaps we need to have smelling salts available just in case we have a fainter!!!
Thirdly, you come across these multiple emotions images, emotions that we all have from time to time.
Included in this part is a stack of paintings showing moods, happy on the top of the pile, troubled on the bottom. Well, it is an "installation", you know.
And last but not least, the 'Seven Ages', for which I don't need a photo of the model sails because I have a for-real photo. Roll on the 16th October. Wonder if it will all 'work'?
Our living room is currently truly a workshop. With Gek on the phone to the display banner designer at her temporary workstation cum breakfast table and me with some of the 23m of black cloth we are using as backing for some of the 31 wheeled shop-stands we have bought on which to hang the 'face' paintings!!!
On top of all that we have made 7 sailing masts from lengths of PVC and aluminium pipe on which to display Gek's fabric art 'faces'. A total of 64 paintings will be on show at Whiteaway's come mid October, if all goes according to the plan
This second exhibition of Gek's is due to open in mid October at the Whiteaways Arcade in Georgetown, Penang. This character is her lead man, him having such a welcoming expression on his face. He is from Bhutan, you know.
A little different this exhibition, with over 60 paintings of the human face laid out as an 'installation' with not one painting hanging on a wall. Our home has become a 'try out' gallery with this set of seven faces painted on fabric representing the Seven Ages of Man. For those of you who didn't already know, that is from Shakespeare - "All the worlds a stage etc.....". My job was to make the props. Not sure how to stiffen the poles yet. Still some fine tuning to be done!!!!