The posters are up at Uplift.
I mentioned a while ago that I'm one
of the winning artists in a poster competition organised by Uplift, the
company which is converting the former Pizza Express building on Kentish
Town Road into a cinema. The brief was to design a poster for your
favourite film and I chose Bicycle Thieves.
This morning Uplift invited
the winners to gather at the site where the chosen posters (beautifully
printed and mounted on wood panels) are displayed on the
hoardings which conceal the construction-in-progress - the cinema
itself won't be ready before next year. The artists were photographed
with their posters and interviewed by the Camden New Journal (out next
One reason for my choice of this film was that my brilliant
late brother-in-law Gerardo Guerrieri worked on the script so of course I
mentioned this to Dan Carrier, the journalist for CNJ. Will post his
article about all the posters when it comes out next week. I arrived late to the gathering so
didn't meet the other artists, unfortunately, but I hope the CNJ article will show them all.
some photos I took this morning.
Natalie .. one of these days you should be invited to Australia
(self has no finance for the exhibition).
Australian 'experimental' art is not unknown.
Thanks Davoh, your interest appreciated. In fact a few works of mine are in Australia: the National Library of Australia (Queensland) acquired some of my artists'books quite a while ago and a gallery in Melbourne also had some work by me. More recently, my accordion book "My Life Unfolds" which is among other artists in a touring exhibition called Open Books, was in Melbourne, then China etc.
I wouldn't say my work is particularly 'experimental' or avant garde. Anyway of course Australia is no artistic back-water! But I have no finances for exhibiting anywhere and in any case, paying to show one's work is a no-no. If an artist's work is of interest to a gallery, museum or whatever, all costs to show it are up to them.
Um, reference to the film "bicycle thieves" is not unknown in Australia .. meh
Hey Davoh my friend, you don't need to defend Australia. Nobody was implying a shortage of culture in your country. Meh indeed!
I loved that film. Nice to know you are connected...and a wonderful poster!
Many thanks Leah, yes I'm deeply connected via the Italian side of my family. Gerardo worked not only with De Sica but also Fellini, Visconti, Zavattini etc.
That is such a wonderful poster, so evocative of the times and the film.
I was just in Australia and saw some superb art both in museums and in my friend's home. What is difficult there is to break into the art scene if you are an outsider.
Hattie, thanks. You certainly get around - Australia now! Well, you'll have to include the UK on your next global adventure.
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