May 6: Darkly — On This Date in Photography: by James Mcardle

Glass and photography have had long association. Glass lenses enable the camera to ’see’. Even the daguerreotype on metal relied on a layer of glass in a frame to protect its delicate, erasable surface, and it became redundant in face of efforts to use glass as a desirable substrate for photo-sensitive materials which occupied much […]…

April 10: Streetview — On This Date in Photography: by James Mcardle

April 10: In streets now empty of humanity, how might the photograph interpose a human vision? I’ve just discovered a fine and timely meditation from three weeks ago in The Conversation‘s “Friday essay” that Cherine Fahd and Sara Oscar wrote together on “the uncanny melancholy of empty photographs in the time of coronavirus” amplifying observations…

Wivenhoe Park Memorial Window – a response to landscape desecration

Painted and screen-printed leaded glass panel, 2019, Andy Brooke “No two days are alike, nor even two hours; neither was there ever two leaves of tree alike since the creation of the world.” John Constable This panel is a personal homage to and lament for the land around and increasingly under the University of Essex…

Chihuly at Kew Gardens – dialogue between nature and glass

Until 27 October you can see the work of Seattle-based glass artist Dale Chihuly in the grounds and gallery of Kew Gardens, London. The show is called Reflections on Nature and his glass is unmistakable and flamboyant. But he has managed to integrate his vision of the world of natural forms in glass into the…

Organising Chaos – a review of the recent Design by Accident exhibition

The recent exhibition at Wivenhoe Printworks featured the work of three visual artists working in three discrete media: clay, printmaking and glass. The theme of the show alludes to the ability of an artist to use their imagination and materials to respond very directly to the visual world, not seeking to impose order onto it…

Three artists approach the theme of organised chaos

What do pottery, print and photography have in common? The ability to make an impression in time, an expression of space, and a direct response to the physical universe. This show will attempt to bring three artists perspectives and different art media together in a gestalt of impressions and creative responses to the concept of…

Kiss and Tell – Rodin at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

I invent nothing, I rediscover – Rodin. Check out this great little exhibition in Ipswich, which has Rodin’s The Kiss at its centre and retells the story of the tortured lovers depicted so famously in white marble by the master of 3-D sorcery. There are also works by several other important artists from William Blake…