Thursday, 9 April 2009

The Ultimate Romantic Gesture.

Next weekend in Glasgow is open studios weekend (I don't have any other information about this, I think it's Glasgow School of Art related, but then I think alot of Glasgow's art scene is) and I've just sent up some work for this exhibition that's been organised by the seemingly indomitable Oliver Braid, who's currently on the MFA (at GSA). Unfortunately I'm not going to make it up to see the show, but I'll get a hold of and post some images after the fact. Here are some details (what you probably can't see, from the small image, is that all the lines are names of the artists taking part):

Oliver Braid Presents:Jamie Radcliffe: The Exhibition The Ultimate Romantic Gesture for One Night Only.

SWG3/Studio Warehouse, Glasgow Saturday 18th April 20096pm – 10pm

'Thanks for sending me the PP. Good luck with it. I still cannot understand you tho!! When all the world is racked with war and terror and hope for change, Why would you choose such a subject matter… You baffle me… do keep in touch tho.' Tim Chamberlain, Invited Artist

This is an exhibition dedicated to Jamie Radcliffe, an upholsterer and part time footballer that I have been secretly in love with since I met him in a local pub when I was seventeen. Although we have rarely spoken, every time I go back to my home town at Christmas I think maybe this will be the time. I still can’t imagine that we won’t get married one day.

Whenever I was away from home I used to search MySpace and Facebook trying to find him and last August he finally appeared. I added him as a friend and waited for our virtual connection to blossom. Not only did he deny me, but he blocked me as well. I think he may have deciphered my not so subtle glances over the last seven years.

Luckily he didn’t deny or block my friend Sally and so it was with her login details that I began to be able to regularly visit his profile and keep watch on his life.

In January 2009 I produced a Power-Point presentation consisting of images and information I had taken from Facebook. I sent the Power-Point to 100 artists and asked them if they would be interested in producing an artwork based on Jamie, his life or my unrequited longing. Presented here are the works from all the artists who responded positively.

Artists Included: Simon Bayliss, Julie Burrows, Jon Burgerman, Aagje Buzink, Amelia Bywter, Celeste Carballo, Cordelia Cembrowicz, Kaifeng Chun, Matthew Collier, Alexis Dirks, Claire Dorsett, Caroline Douglas, Solveig Einarsdottir, Hannah Ellul and Ben Knight, Marc Elsener, Erica Eyres, Kitty Finer, Leo Fitzmaurice, Sarah Forrest, Patrick Gantert, Claire Greenshaw, Michelle Hannah and The Kingdom of Perpetual Muin, Ellie Harrison, Tom Harrup, Sean Hawkridge, Lena Henke, Anna Henson, Katharina Kiebacher, Paul Knight, Harry Lawson, Alice Maplesden, Amy Marletta/Patty Melt, Jack McLean, Alison Mellor, Jenny Moore Koslowsky, Shelly Nadashi, Christian Newby, Janie Nicoll, Sally Noall, Laurence Payot, James Price, Charlotte Prodger/Sophie MacPherson/Brina Thurston/ Kate Roberston, Paul Sammut, Rosemary Scanlon and Tytus Hardy, Peter Schoeffer, Maayke Schurer, Cheyenne Seeley, Anna Louise Shipley AKA Miss Shippers, Fiona Short, JP Somerville, Theodoris Stamatogiannis, Anna Tanner, Daren Tesar, Nancy Tomkins, Sally Tarbutt, Deniz Uster, Leah Watt, Daniel Simpkins and Penny Whitehead, Alberta Whittle, Emily Womack, Tobias Wootton, Jamie Wright, Burcu Yagcioglu.

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