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It’s about process December 17, 2007

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Where would Blogs be without YouTube? Short, instant-hit videos which speak volumes. Someone said to me last week that Land Art was all about making something for people to photograph – creating a memory. Temporary or transient installations need that documentation if only as proof of existence. For pieces which go beyond the surface visual / audio experience, YouTube is a great place to store and catalogue this stuff.

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Rural Rebellion December 10, 2007

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Never underestimate the power of rural artists. It seems that Tate St Ives in Cornwall has already made enemies of the local art scene. Bad move. FRED on the other hand takes art out of the gallery to confront its audience head-on. Don’t try this one at home folks…

Eek! It’s an Elk.. November 30, 2007

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One of the great challenges and strengths of FRED is the vastness of the landscape in Cumbria. The lakes and fells here are big. Consequently it takes work of considerable scale to make a big visual impact. It’s the same in the north of Sweden it seems, but they’ve now¬† got to grips with it and have given planning permission for a 45m high wooden Elk. It’s a lookout post, restaurant and art gallery like no other. Oh, and proof that a lack of daylight in the winter can make you a little unhinged..

Thai Bakers November 16, 2007

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Here’s a guy who really understands the concepts behind FRED – bringing art to the public, by putting it somewhere very public. This semi-rural bakers got over 100 visitors a day to see this. Art really does make bread!

FRED-alike art in Japan October 9, 2007

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I just stumbled across these rice fields which were made in Japan. It’s a pity rice doesn’t grow in Cumbria….

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Rice field art

Rice field art

Freerange FRED September 25, 2007

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FRED bread

FRED came out early at the weekend at MIMA in Middlesbrough. Freerange Artists sold art food – or is that food art? – in an art / farmers market devised by Bob & Roberta Smith. There were loaves of FRED bread, XXX eggs, Organ-ic marmalade and currant short of a fruit cakes. All made from organic and fairtrade produce supplied by local producers in Cumbria. More than that, we got to meet loads of other FRED artists and generally had a lovely day in the sunshine. The eggs and bread didn’t last long and only a handful of the other stuff had to come home. If you missed this outing, Freerange Artists will be out and about throughout FRED selling more tasty treats.

A fantastic lightfield in the Circis Maximus, Rome September 19, 2007

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Just stumbled upon the work of Massimo Silenzio and was knocked sideways by it. Basically it’s a large field of lights laid out at the Circus Maximus, Rome. I’ve been to Roma a couple of times and the Circus is really, really big. This must have looked gorgeous. A candidate for FRED 2008? The website is here if you want to see more.

The Worst Folk Band in the World? September 1, 2007

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team FRED 2007

so it’s a good job they run an arts festival then..

Here’s Team FRED 2007 (from left – right) Bryan Eccleshall (co-ordinator), Rich Webster (co-ordinator), Richeldis Messam (co-founder and supervision / training), Steve Messam (co-founder and director), Helen Fletcher (co-ordinator), Hannah Stewart (administration). We had a nice chilled day out at Acorn Bank to escape the mountain of paperwork and Bryan was the only one who brought a camera. Seemed a good idea at the time…

I Shop Therefore I Am July 17, 2007

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If anyone ever tells you that contemporary art has no relevance to the so-called real world, show them these two pictures.

Barara Kruger's 1987 artwork Selfridges Display

The bottom one is the branding for this summer Selfridge’s sale, while the upper one is Barbara Kruger’s 1987 artwork.

It shows that art can and does invade the wider culture, but something, to my mind is lost. Of course, Selfridge’s are poking fun at themselves and the idea that shopping is a salve for our daily troubles, but of course they still sell. Having one’s cake and eating it springs to mind.

How would I feel if I was Barbara Kruger on a break in London and I saw this? I suspect I’d be livid, but part of me would be delighted that it only took 20 years for my work’s style to become part of the wider culture.

Cerne Abbas Homer July 17, 2007

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It’s not art, but it looks like those clever Fox Marketing people have come up wth something that looks like a FRED piece. A giant, donut eating Homer has been drawn next to the Cerne Abbas giant in Dorset. The rain will wash it away, apparently.

Cerne Abbas Homer