Leonard #Bernstein (John Gruen interview in Los Angeles Times, December 31, 1972)

“The point is, art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed…because people are changed by art – enriched, ennobled, encouraged – they then act in a way that may affect the course of events…by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think.” -Leonard #Bernstein (John Gruen interview in Los Angeles Times, December 31, 1972)

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Introduction

Creative Solutions are currently working with four families and two other artists, to create a number of artist in residence projects in domestic spaces. This project has been born out of our passionate belief that people have more in common than differences, and this project aims to explore, question and celebrate that commonality through drawing, film, photography and installation, and literally open doors to private spaces.

The resulting artworks will be shown in situ, which means that these families have consented to opening their doors to the public. Creating and viewing art work in the home of the subject/ collaborator brings a whole new sensitivity, context and audience experience – the work created will have to be the result of true collaboration.

The relationships for the residencies have been brokered by Jacqui and David from Creative Solutions, and are all people we have worked with before on community projects, who we admire and respect. The artists and families chosen have parallels in life experiences or interests but the process of collaboration may well result in different themes or areas to be explored.

This blog will in part document the fantastic journey both the artists and the families will go on over the next few months, and discuss and question the process of collaboration.

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Jacqui, 10th August

Wow, what a week. It’s been a real roller coaster, highs of reading everyone reading everyone else’s blogs and getting excited about the project, hearing some wonderful creative ideas for the artworks in October, and the hilarity of taking Laura and the monkeys to the Meet Rex exhibition at the Wilson. The lows, knowing that some of you have a lot on your plate, and knowing while this project might make things more visible, it isn’t going to make them any easier.

All I can say is that I am humbled and excited in equal measure. As an artist, if people ask me what medium I work in, I always say people. I can’t make anything without the stories and input of the people around me. As a curator, I have often set up projects where artists have had the opportunity to collaborate, as it can lead to work that is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Not all artists like it, not all artists can do it, and as it was recently put to me ‘it’s a hard nut to crack’. On this project, I really see ideas growing that are inspired by all who are working on them, and it’s really exciting.

Well done everyone, can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Coral, Poems, 8th August

Hide away curl in a ball
Safe and sound away from it all
Can’t hurt, can’t see
The last thing you notice is me

Because I’m always just there
Always fine, always care
You hurt, you cry, you’re pain shows
Somethings wrong and everyone knows

One day things will differ
No one will run, there’ll be no-one there
Your rock will crumble underfoot
Foundations turn to ashes and soot

Nothing is strong forevermore
Like rocks and sand on the seashore
Appear tough and solid in the waves
Sooner or later everyone caves

Communications

People have no time
No time to stop
No time to talk
No time for questions
No time for fun!

Time goes by and people say :-
Can’t stop
Can’t stay
Can’t talk
Must go

People say:-
See you later
Can’t stop now
I’ll give you a bell

People have no time to think!
They don’t remember
They forget to ‘phone
Forget to talk
Forget to share

We’re isolated
Isolated by time
Time shuts us out
Rush here,
Rush there
Rush everywhere

We should stop, make time, talk, share ideas!
Ask and answer questions, listen, think, remember!
Time will end, we will all die
What have we done? Waste time!
Not talking
Not thinking
Where has our life gone?
Where has our time gone?

STOP!
MAKE TIME!
Don’t die not knowing!
Don’t die not talking!
COMMUNICATE


I Love……
A nice warm fire on a cold winters night,
A steaming hot bath when I’m feeling down,
A mug of hot cocoa before going to bed,
Thats what I love.

A cold ice cream while I lay on the beach,
A snowball fight in bobble hat and gloves,
The feel of waves lapping at my feet,
Thats what I love.

Curled up in bed reading a book,
Fish and chips on a bench in a park,
Bonfire night with fireworks bright,
Thats what I love.

Sharing some sweets with my best friend,
Giving some presents at Christmas time,
Helping someone who is in need,
Thats what I love.

Writing a letter to my pen friend,
Writing a poem just thought of,
Or just sitting and thinking what to write next,
That’s what I love.

Letters and Words

I do not recall
The learning of words
Writing and reading
Bringing a magic to my life

When did I learn,
How do I know,
That a D.O.G.
Is an animal
That says woof?

When did letters become words?
And words become phrases
Full of meaning?

Why is a cat so called?
Why is black, black?
Words give meaning
Where did they come from?

Leaping from the pages of a book
A magical mystery to me
Creating pictures from letters
Masterpieces to put Van Gogh to shame

Take a book
A beautiful book
And a little imagination
What do you get?

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