Hull City Of Culture 2017, Part 5.

It was starting to become apparent on the incredible journey to the Fruit Market that resting is important. We tried our best to keep chipper but we were falling into the hungry, maybe getting a bit tired, need my ear muffs, shoes are hurting, too many leaflets in the bags- insert other things in the bag that we didn’t need to carry. ‘Its fine though as we can eat there Sarah!’ I said. Still with hope in our hearts that Sarah Lucas would be there for us to see, we continued through the very clean streets and saw these things;

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I bought some stamps in here. Very pleasant and orderly.

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We we were drifting and becoming lost, we were overwhelmed and needed a shortcut and we chose a very nice one at that. You can read all about Hepworth Arcade HERE. I especially like this part-

‘Joseph Hepworth took the first steps towards building his dream arcade in 1888.’  

and this bit-

 ‘The original intention to name it Victoria Arcade in honour of the reigning monarch had, by then, been dropped by Hepworth in favour of naming it after himself.’

A dream arcade of your very own.

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Outside into the light we saw more fish and some lovely glass on Holy Trinity Church.

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In the distance after crossing over we arrived at the Fruit Market (quarter). They said change is happening, we believed them, we had come here special, we had come to see Sarah Lucas.

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We checked our dates- check, we consulted our map- correct and we viewed the timetable- present, however through the windy street we found that it was very quiet. Where was everybody? We looked at The Female Gaze exhibition window, right place and we wanted to see it. We tried the door-closed.

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Closed.

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Oh look, we wanted to see this- closed- (However upon checking it had moved to a new location back where we had originally started from at 10am that morning, so closed.)

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It is OK though as these oranges are nice and the Humber Street Gallery is here and we can eat first and see Power in Woman and Sarah Lucas. Stop going on about it, we eat and look.

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I would like to tell you that we saw the Sarah Lucas sculptures, the one big thing that we were excited about seeing and one of the main reasons we visited. I would like to say that we spent hours in there and laughed and pointed at things all the time thinking yes, this is very good, THIS IS IT!

What I can tell you is that we went inside and looked at the menu, we ordered halloumi wraps and a cup of well deserved tea. Sarah asked about the exhibition that was on and where about it was and like a bolt of lightening we were told it had been taken away. Just gone. As if Grotbags had flown in, clicked her fingers and turned it into dust. Just gone. We repeated these words throughout eating our wraps which were swallowed whole in temper. Just gone. We gathered our thoughts and tried to smile but we couldn’t. I didn’t smile again until I thought about what I was going to have for my tea later but it took a lot of doing to make that happen.

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We left and we felt flouncy and cross. Everybody had gone, just like Sarah Lucas. Just gone. The only light in this terribly dark tunnel came from a man with a 21st birthday balloon. He had decided to come out on his birthday, have a nice tea, wander round the fruit market and probably wanted to see Sarah Lucas but as it was gone he kept walking. On closer inspection it seemed he had done what we have all done at some point, new shoes without socks. His poor heels were a mess and we wanted to help, offer plasters but they were all gone.

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Deflated and not sure of our facial expressions we decided to seek solace back at Lenny’s. We saw The Deep which we realise now we should have visited instead to avoid the earlier events but I’m trying to gloss over it as it is just too emotional. In fact no I am right pissed off about it and I want a turtle teddy and a pencil and to see the stingrays. Oooh I tell you.

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The Hull flood barrier calmed us with its beauty and guided us back to Lenny with feelings of ‘not wanting it to be spoilt but…’

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Barrier of beauty.

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Just gone.

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Back at Lenny’s we sat and plotted but then ended up sitting until teatime. Here are some nice out of Lenny’s window pictures- The two tall poles in the distance are part of the Humber Bridge.

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If you look closely next to the church on the left you can see coloured lights. This is called ‘I Wish To Communicate With You’ by Italian artist Silvio Palladino. Here are some words about it from The Goodwin Trust

I Wish To Communicate With You is an ambitious mass participation project engaging local residents in a major art installation. Over the upcoming weeks Thornton Estate will get a full colour makeover with the majority of the 600 residents, living in 240 homes, across the five high-rise tower blocks participating in this large-scale light installation.

Tinted filters will be fitted in the communal lighting areas and coloured sheets will be stuck in the window panes of each property. As darkness falls a collage of colour will be created across the estate, free for all to view.’

Ideally we should have gone to see it properly but once spotted out the window and looking at our comfort wear and cardigans we decided we had seen it so it was OK.

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We ate our big proper tea of fish, chips and peas in Lenny’s and waddled back upstairs for Inspector Frost and rest. Until the morning came of our departure day, we planned our last few activities to be completed and tried to unset our faces. PS- Inspector Frost wasn’t on.

All websites and links accessed 15th April 2017.

Project 2, Exercise 1- Movement.

The four images I am looking at are;

1.Derek Trillo, Passing Place,Manchester 2006.

Two silhouettes of two figures moving past and between each other on a set of stairs. The panels of the staircase are illuminated so you can see the shadows and the colours are muted almost pastel through the glass, blue and yellow.

It is quite industrial looking and the outlines of the black against the colour look like glass. The picture may have been taken with a slower shutter speed so the figures are still captured but with blur to create movement if minimal.

The title of the image works as passing place instils movement, waiting to move, needing to move forward.

2. Harold Edgerton, Bullet and Apple, 1964- accessed 14th April 2017.

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The first things I thought about with this image was; fast, speed, mess, level.

The apple is sitting on a bullet case whilst a bullet is fired through it.

You can see inside the apple from when the bullet has passed through, but not much relative damage has been done. It now looks like a rocket. The way the image has been captured is good and I am guessing it is a still from either a video recording or from multiple images taken at once.

The background of the image is a good fit against the red and the insides of the apple against it. It is lit well and shows a good example of movement within an image.

3. Harold Edgerton, Multiflash tennis serve, 1949.

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 Harold Edgerton (American, 1909-1995). Tennis Serve (Multiflash), 1949. Gelatin silver photograph, image: 7 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (19.7 x 26.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation, 1996.166.21. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.166.21_PS1.jpg)-accessed 14th April 2017

I really like this image as the figure in the middle looks like a skeleton. It’s almost like an x-ray of many movements. The movement is categorised by the central figure hitting a tennis ball with a racket, each and every moment that has happened whilst completing this task has been recorded to show the intricacies of each part that makes up a serve.

The progression of the serve looks like a clock, so the time from the ball being placed in the air, to the racket coming to hit it is all captured like clock hands. It just shows that time even slowed down can show you a lot about even the smallest of things.

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This black and white image made me smile. It conjures up fun and as if the lady on the stairs is flying down them. It would seem to me that maybe she has jumped in mid air and is going to land safely or has half way down the steps made a jump for it so as not to try and clear the whole lot in one go. The movement of the image to the viewer gives us ideas that the lady is floating or flying, when I think really she is just jumping and the image has been taken at the right moment.

 

Assignment 3, Reflection/Feedback.

Demonstration of subject knowledge- I have referenced the piece Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough and the re-appropriated image Green Boy by Jim Henson. I feel I have interpreted it and given my thoughts about the differences between the images and the way they are presented.

Demonstration of research skills- I have researched the history of re- appropriated images, the history of the Gainsborough piece and the Kermit the frog piece. I have read through the exercises that were close reading examples and texts.

Demonstration of critical and evaluation skills- I think I have shown critical thinking throughout this assignment and I have discussed my thoughts about the piece in my conclusion and commentary.

Communication- I feel my writing is understandable and flows well and I have presented my assignment with an introduction, middle and a conclusion with paragraphs and links attached, within word count and a commentary about my experience with part three.

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Assignment 3 was much better this time and I was really pleased to hear that I had done ok with it. I’ve never really gotten into visual culture in a ‘actually look at it’ way before so it was nice to look back through my learning log and see how the third part all came together.

Comments I really must take into account are being able to explain myself and my ideas more. How I came to the conclusions and how they fit in with the overall piece of finished work are a bit vague and I can see this when re-reading.

I liked that my feedback shows I enjoyed this part and writing the assignment as I did and even though I think maybe I should have picked a better portrait than the one that shows Kermit the frog, having given myself a bit of time to look over it I am pleased with it. I keep making the same mistakes though with assignments and I really do think I need to plan them more carefully instead of collecting a lot of notes, links and images and then trying to decipher them. I think this is starting to show with my final drafts as trying to edit them down for the word count, I end up missing out important parts of how I reached my conclusions.

I have finally fixed my log to show all the categories, dates and tags that I need and now I understand it better myself. It took a while for me to grasp this whole task as I could understand it but now I see to an outsider it was a bit of a trek. I quite enjoyed labelling and tagging everything so it is all in order.

I am enjoying filling up my visits section also. I can’t always make any official OCA study visits as they are usually on Saturdays and I work,  so it’s nice to look and see where the trips are and try to visit them myself at a later date.

 

Project 2- It’s About Time.

“Pictures (exist) in nature,but only an artist, sensitive to natural harmonies could identify them.”

( Jeffrey,2003,p.100 )

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Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre, Boulevard du Temple 1838.
http://earthsky.org/human-world/this-date-in-science-daguerreotype-photography-made-public– Accessed 12th April 2017.

Preparation for this project will be looking at Henri Cartier-Bressons The Decisive Moment which is a snip at £68 on amazon. I will find excerpts to read and look at this nice picture of the cover for the time being.

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All websites and links accessed -12th April 2017.

Visits- Hull City of Culture, Part 4.

Tiredness had struck us but we still had things on the Hulliday list to fulfil, like The Streetlife Museum and their exhibition about cats.

It was very nice in here with lots to see and it smelled nice and oily.

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Thomas Sheppard- A very important man- Read HERE.

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After 5 minutes of holding the lever it decided I was modest. I took my hand off in the end.

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The Fabulous Felines exhibition was great and it focused on the work of Violet Roberts who was a musical theatre performer and postcard artist in Hull. I liked that her postcards ‘feature comic, fashionably dressed cats.’ I had seen these postcards before but I never knew who they were by and now I do and so do you.

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These post-its were very good and my favourites are awesome white cat, super fat cat, pussy bear and kbam.

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Amy Johnson – read HERE all about her and about A Moth for Amy that are dotted around Hull. We saw three and they were most exciting. You can download the moth map HERE.

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Lovely stuff.

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Saying goodbye, the outside hurt our eyes as the sun had come out. We wanted pizza.

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Good frog, nice frog.

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Next stop was The Hull and East Riding Museum.

This is Malcolm, we are going steady.

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Mosaics, do you know what, they still astound me all these years later.

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Mammoth. My dad found a mammoths tooth on the beach once.

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By now we were failing at our list. We needed to eat, my feet needed plasters and we probably needed the toilet but weren’t sure if we did. We consulted our oracle and found that we needed to be on the other side of town in a place called The Fruit Market….

Visits- Hull City Of Culture, Part 3.

Following on from the Maritime Museum we looked at things like this;

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We entered Queens Gardens and when you type it into Google, this comes up,

‘Queen’s Gardens is a sequence of gardens in the centre of Kingston upon Hull.They are set out within a 9.75-acre (4 ha) area that until 1930 was filled with the waters of Queen’s Dock. As the dock was not fully filled in, the gardens are largely below the level of the surrounding streets.’

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen%27s_Gardens,_Hull-accessed 9th April 2017.

Well fancy that.

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This was peculiar and we couldn’t work out what it was at first. Looking for more information about it, I found this- https://www.hull2017.co.uk/app/uploads/2016/07/H2017PRESSRELEASE_STRATA.pdf– It’s the Hull 2017 logo but only half a H, so the reflection makes the rest. Well flipping heck.

 

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Friends.

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First mural excitement of the day came from Robert Adams, untitled concrete 1958/1959. The 20th Century Society says-

‘Commissioned in the late 1950’s, the panels were designed by Robert Adams (1917-84) and represent the only example of English modernist  sculpture in Hull. They are also one of the few examples of the artist’s work in Britain. The mural forms a feature within Queen’s Gardens, and was part of a commission that also included six carved stone panels by Kenneth Carter, then a lecturer at Hull College of Art’

It could do with a wash and I will do it for free as it is so special. Call me.

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This was also peculiar, I thought it was something off a ship at first but after trying to find out more this happened;

Queens Gardens drinking fountain.

‘A large circular sculptured table featuring several individual push-button drinking fountains is still located in the north-east corner of the gardens, and dates from the c.1960 refurbishment of the gardens, although it has not worked for many years.’

http://www.paul-gibson.com/streets-and-architecture/fountains.php– accessed 9th April 2017

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I wished it did work.

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The excitement became almost too much, once we turned to see Hull College designed by Frederick Gibberds & Associates. A complete beauty.

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Yes! we are as chuffed as you! At least we think that is what he was trying to say.

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But it wasn’t over yet as there was something else, so big and exciting I needed to reapply my lip balm and fast.

The William Wilberforce monument was very grand but I was too close obviously and only had my little lens, so here is the bottom of it. Read more about it HERE and HERE and HERE.

 

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Cue, The Ferrero Rocher music.

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William Mitchell goodness.

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There is not that much about this sculpture, it is definitely a Mitchell and shows a protractor and some tools, scissors and pliers, but I do not know its name or date. I’m glad I saw it anyway. I felt special.

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After a small comfort break and pamphlet collecting, we decided to head off to the museums in the Old Town. Here are some things that we saw on the way.

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It had stopped raining by this point but we so wished we had packed our easy peel satsumas for strength.

All websites and links accessed 9th April 2017.

Visits- Hull- UK City of Culture 2017 Part 2.

After a wonderful nights sleep in a massive bed promised by Lenny, we awoke to the sounds of Hull beeping and shouting through our window and a lot of wind and whistling. Rolling out of bed I started to plan my breakfast experience whilst sorting out my tights. I had dreamed about this moment for weeks and I wanted black pudding and egg to be a definite on my plate.

Over faced with choice we first sorted out the small gratis Marmites and Golden Syrups whilst waiting for the rotating toaster to finish. We have no photo evidence of Lenny’s all you can eat breakfast for £8.99 as we ate it all for strength but it was worth it and the tea was miraculous, as were the hash browns.

Back to fix hairs and faces, our first destination of the day was to be The Ferens Art Gallery.

The weather was pretty awful with massive rain but on the way we saw these;

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Inside The Ferens was lovely with very friendly ladies who greeted us and promised us that our brollies would be safe. We could take pictures but not of the contemporary art which was a shame as it had some good stuff, but them’s the rules.

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Emma Sandys– La Belle Jaune Giroflee 1870.

I loved this painting and even sat down to look at it.

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Malcolm Drummond, Interior of a Cinema 1913/14.

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Barbara Hepworth, Icon II, 1960

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I really liked the Screaming Popes and also there was a Maquette for Birdman by Elisabeth Frink. I did a small ‘ooh’ when I saw it and crossed it off my Frink list.

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Bik van der Pol, Unititled (Gold) 2009.

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Eileen Agar, The Archer 1967.

After returning back to collect our brollies, mid morning elevenses were due. We said goodbye to everyone and went to get tea and cake where more lovely people served us to the tune of a pneumatic drill.  I was feeling like Hull was a big Granddad in a warm cardigan telling and showing us things from the olden days.

Once fed we saw activity such as this;

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Poppies-Weeping Window. Read more about it HERE.

Onward into The Maritime Museum with even more lovely people who welcomed us and minded our brollies. I was liking all of this very much.

The Martime Museum was once the old dock offices and it was very grand inside. There was strong emphasis on whaling and trawling, which was very interesting and I saw probably my most favourite thing I have ever encountered;

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I don’t believe that it is, not with them teeth.

We met lots of new friends in the cabinets and saw a lot of bones and scrimshaw.

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The story of Truelove was really interesting and you can read more about it HERE.

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I didn’t like that she was by herself in the corner, so I said hello and touched her hair.

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I liked how he looked perplexed.

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This was also very interesting all about The Ferriby Boats. You can read all you want about them HERE and HERE.

Moving further on we came across a tapestry room which was very nice with quilts by Cathy Corbishley Michel who has printed onto fabric images of Captain Cook. They were really good and vibrant and they made me want to make one. There’s more about them HERE.

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Little woolly head man and sea treasures.

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Nice pants.

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Seahorses.

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Jolly Jack who sounded like he needed a cough sweet.

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Some postcards from the gift shop-staple purchases.

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After finding a penny for luck our next stop was to visit the park and the William Mitchell sculpture for the mural list cross off.

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This is called ‘Angst with Trolley’ I have realised also at almost 35 years old that I need to probably pack the wearing of pumps in. You don’t see it until it’s in front of your face.

All websites and links accessed 7th April 2017.