Art Has The Ability to Communicate Without Words

I attended the TAC Roundtable event at Acrylicize yesterday evening - Wednesday 8 February. It was chaired by Doug Gillen and the panel included: Antony Micallef, Vestalia Chilton, James Burke and Joe Turnbull.

They were asked to discuss how contemporary artists can encourage, support and strengthen protest in a meaningful way, benefitting the public more than the portfolio.

There were no new insights or solutions offered, however there was reassurance and strength to be gained from hearing similar views and opinions about the role of the artist and their status in the world during this current political unrest.

The following comments were pertinent and worth sharing:

Social Media:
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People are beginning to come out of the online space
- Only snippets are shown on social media - you only show the bits you want to show and this is misleading
- Content needs to be dissected rather than accepted

Freedom of Speech:
- Art has the ability to communicate without words
- Distill the chatter into something manageable - art has this amazing ability
- Resonate - get to a 'point'
- The role of the viewer is essential to complete the conversation

The Art Market v's the Artist:
- The market causes street art and protest art to have a value that then means success stops an artists being able to create for the public - lack of freedom
- Need to be organised - artists to be aware of being a brand. Use elements of commercialism to be savvy and make change
- Can't do this alone - important to bring hubs and communities of creatives together
- Important to inspire and create dialogue

The Art:
- Authenticity is important
- Craft and hard work the route to success - don't aspire to being a 'celebrity'
- All about education - this needs to be addressed as funding getting cut
- All great artists 'love what they do'
- Creativity is process driven so be careful of being 'popular' - does not guarantee longevity of your art, craft or passion

The Artists Voice:
- Critical voices come from the arts - art is seen as a threat
- Take Donald Trump - already destroying it.
- Have you noticed that all Dictators homes and style are similar?
- Artists must continue to challenge and create - they are a threat for a reason

Trump Fags - Antony Micallef

Trump Fags - Antony Micallef


 

 

Alexander Calder - Playing with Shadows

Yesterday evening, I visited the Tate Modern and delighted in the Alexander Calder exhibition. His exploration of kinetics and simplistic shapes reminds you of the easy delight you have as a child in things that are colourful and move. 

I was already familiar with his mobiles and pendulum pieces but what I loved about this exhibition was discovering his wire faces. 

These abstract portraits in wire are brought to life when you observe the distorted shadows they make and embrace those as integral to what you are looking at. I was struck with the feeling that it was these, complex yet appealing additions to the sculpture, that were more reflective of the individual’s personality. They give the faces depth and purpose and allow a possibly more realistic portrayal of the sitter to shine through.

It was very entertaining to imagine the personality of the sitter – especially as you are offered multiple versions from different angles. All being portrayed from that single starting point of the wire face. A reminder to never judge a book by it’s cover!

Do go and see them if you get the chance.
Alexander Calder – Tate Modern – on until the 3 April 2016

1st Article for The Wall Street International Magazine!

Delighted to share my first article for the Wall Street International Magazine. An exploration of the Art World v's the Art Business that features the Art Bermondsey Project Space that is supported by Olympus and STATE/f22 Magazine

".., professional support or funding opportunities for artists to share their work should come without a compromise to artistic exploration and development."

Click here to read the full article: A 21st Century Patron of the Arts


London Art Fair - 2016

A few visual delights from a lovely day at the 2016 London Art Fair with the What Is The Point? team.. A much better collection of work and the whole vibe much nicer than when I went last..! Today is the last day sadly but do visit if you can. #mustsee


The Artists of Vout-O-Reenee's - Painting & Sculpture

On Thursday 10th December 2015 - despite it being a cold and miserable London evening - the Autumn / Winter exhibition of the artists of Vout-O-Reenee's opened at The Stash Gallery. The traditional hang of the exhibition was rather well received by the fine turn out of artists, visitors and guests. It is a great collection of artworks from a really exciting group of contemporary artists. 

I thoroughly enjoyed curating this show - especially as it gave me a chance to work with sculptors - a field I am determined to support and explore more in 2016 for What Is The Point?

The exhibition is on until the 29th of January and I thought I would, once again, share my introduction text with you to entice you to visit the show.. Let me know though if you do as I would be pleased to meet you to raise a glass at Vout-O-Reenee's.

 

Artists of

Anji Richards - Anna Jung-Seo  - Camilla Buckthorpe

Carson Parkin-Fairley - Darren Coffield - DnA Factory

Fiona Brenninkmeyer - Jillian Knipe - Jo Dennis - Julie Ann

Kate Enters - 
Kate Westbrook - Laura Fishman

Leonard Sexton - Lucy Ash - Maria Carleton - Märta Larsson

Martin Richman - Mat Clum - Molly Parkin

Michele Howarth Rashman - Paul Benney

Paul Sakoilsky - Sam Neal - Wilma Johnson

Curated by Kate Enters

Vout-O-Reenee’s Members Group Show 2015

Drawing, Collage & Print

An introduction by Kate Enters

Whether you listen to a piece of music, or a poem, or look at a picture or a piece of sculpture, what matters about it is not what it has in common with others of its kind, but what is singularly its own.
Basil Bunting (1900 – 1985)

The celebration of singularity and individualism is easy when exploring the styles and work from the members of Vout-O-Reenee’s. Each artist featured in this exhibition has a unique viewpoint and conversation offered through their art. 

This did however offer a curatorial challenge – I wanted to harness the unique styles yet display them with continuity and a feeling of being part of a considered collection!

I decided to have some fun, simplify my thinking and focus on colour palettes and occasional graphic contrasts! Blues and yellows with a blast of red and strong russet brown balance the graphic black and greys.. Rather fitting for an exhibition starting late Autumn and ending in Winter.

Thanks to all the artists and the wonderful Jan and Sophie for the opportunity to curate another show in The Stash Gallery.

Kate Enters – 10th December 2015
Kate is an artist and the founder and curator of What Is The Point? – an arts initiative supporting contemporary artists.  
www.whatisthepoint-art.com

Wall Street International Magazine features What Is The Point?

I am absolutely delighted to have been interviewed for the Wall Street International Magazine and am especially pleased as I feel it truly reflects the international nature of What Is The Point? and the reach that it has..

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed being challenged by the questions and don't forget to check out this years What Is The Point? exhibition at the Threadneedle Space, Mall Galleries London on the 13th - 19th September 2015..

What Is The Point? Interview with Kate Enters - Wall Street International Magazine

The Artists of Vout-O-Reenee's - Drawing, Collage and Print

On Thursday 9th July 2015 - in the midst of a London tube strike - the Summer exhibition of the artists of Vout-O-Reenee's opened at The Stash Gallery with a wonderful turn out of guests responding beautifully to the salon style exhibition of drawings, collages and prints.. 

Curated by yours truly I thoroughly enjoyed the process and collaboration with these artists.. and as a curator the biggest compliment of the evening was a guest stating that they felt they had been led around the exhibition but without having their hand held.. I couldn't have asked for a better testimonial!

The exhibition is on until the 13th of August and I thought I would share my introduction text with you to entice you to visit the show.. Let me know though if you do as I would be pleased to meet you to raise a glass at Vout-O-Reenee's

Artists of 

Anna Jung Seo - Brendan Reaney - Carson Parkin-Fairley - Christopher Roberts
Darren Coffield - Fiona Brenninkmeyer - Frances Daffern - Francis Akpata
Gary Hazell - Helen & Colin David - Hercules Fisherman - James Birch - Julia Hamilton
Kate Enters - KEELERTORNERO - Laura Fishman - Lucy Ash - mORGANICo
Michele Howarth Rashman - Natasha de Samarkandi - Paul Sakoilsky - Silvia Estevez  
Sir Terry Frost - Sophie Parkin - The DnA Factory - Wilma Johnson
George Melly/Michael Woods - Patrick Hughes - Sarah Lucas

Curated by Kate Enters

Vout-O-Reenee’s Members Group Show 2015

Drawing, Collage & Print

An introduction by Kate Enters

It is perhaps against societies desire for all singing all dancing entertainment to curate an exhibition focussing on traditionally quieter art forms. However the potential for entertainment is most certainly still there and I had an inkling that the artists of Vout-O-Reenee’s would provide an interesting tapestry of artworks celebrating these mediums.

I wasn’t wrong and was delighted to see artworks being submitted that with humour and an occasional healthy dose of irreverent charm stretched the boundaries of these mediums. This when mixed with the beautifully traditional forms of print, drawing and collage works also selected meant a creative hang would be needed.

As a curator you often can’t plan an exhibition until the art is laid out in front of you - especially with a group show of artist members, you’ve not worked with before. Putting the jigsaw pieces together is part of the fun even if it was like herding cats. I knew that I wanted the hang to be an eclectic mix of work that drew the viewer into the detail on show and also create a flow through the space. This meant a French salon style of exhibition hanging and I believe this suits both the gallery space and Vout-O-Reenee’s .

With huge thanks to Sophie and Jan for giving me the wonderful opportunity. And thanks of course to the artists of Vout-O-Reenee’s – without you this couldn’t have taken place!

Kate Enters - 9th July 2015
Kate is an artist and the founder/curator of What Is The Point? – an arts initiative supporting contemporary artists.
What Is The Point? will be exhibiting at the Mall Galleries in September 2015 and featuring art works from 35 international artists drawing inspiration from, and attempting to answer the question, ‘What Is The Point?’  

 

Artists - The real architects of change?

I discovered this quote the other day:

"Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact." William S. Burroughs

Topical in the current state of political parrying we are in... Sadly though a politicians 'changes' can impact an audience so negatively that it seems flippant to balance that experience with art however much we'd like it to be that easy..

The only thing I do believe is that an artist constantly responds to society and the world that they are inspired by and inhabit creatively..  Politicians? well I don't think they do. They are indeed only ever seemingly reactive and energised when on a campaign trail - surely the meeting of the 'people' and conversations of their promises and aims should be forefront throughout their stay in power.

Perhaps however it is more convenient to lose promises by maintaining smoke and mirrors as your forte of communication to the world. At least when an artist puts something into the world it is there permanently (unless of course you're having the same problem as these curators and conservationists but that's another story: Soap, Chocolate & Dung)

As an artist you often accept commissions and offers to create something within the community - this is always a unique opportunity as too often art is behind shiny closed doors and windows.. But.. when a community is struggling to survive the backlash is often very real - as in the case of this retaliation to a corporate sponsored art project in London this week:

 

The problem with public art as commissioned by commercial property developers - seen at the Aylesbury Estate, London on flats recently occupied by protestors - Thanks to Lucy Newman Cleeve for the photo

The problem with public art as commissioned by commercial property developers - seen at the Aylesbury Estate, London on flats recently occupied by protestors - Thanks to Lucy Newman Cleeve for the photo

So who does need art when your most immediate issue is that you need a home to live in.. And why do artists continue to create art works when there is so much poverty and issues throughout the world that are crying out to be addressed practically. I suppose each and everyone of us on this planet has different ways of surviving and different powers for initiating change.

Those supposedly in positions of leadership are in my mind lacking in having any real power. That is why we as creatives and artists need to keep on being an integral part of the world in the only way we can.

It does not mean that I do not care or wish to be able to give people a home if they need one or find a solution to eradicate poverty - it is just that I am limited in the tools and power I have. But through the skills and links that I do have.. I will carry on and passionately so. I am under no delusion that my artwork is politically dangerous or ever going to have the capacity to make leaders tremble. But by maintaining my creative process and helping other artists, I am in support of those artists who are rocking the boat significantly.

I sign off by raising my hat to Ai Weiwei amongst others whose words below show his gentleness in the fight he is fighting.. and that is real power..

Ai Weiwei

 


What's On Your Mantelpiece.. The Steeple Times

About a month ago I was honoured to be sent a series of Questions to answer for the 'What's On Your Mantelpiece' section of The Steeple Times.. This was an interesting and unique platform for me to share who I am and what I create and support as an artist.. 

Excitingly they were published today and can be seen here: http://thesteepletimes.com/movers-shakers/kate-enters-whats-on-your-mantelpiece/

Now that this article is part of the big wide world, I realise that press coverage is incredibly important... For example - the simple impact of directing new viewers to the What Is The Point? Facebook page generates confidence that you are doing something worthwhile and of interest outside your safe circle. 

As a creative you strive for validation of your projects and visions.. often you find this within your own practices.. Today however I realise that validation from external sources garners a different level of confidence that is inspiring and gratifying.

It has indeed been a rather happy boost today - thanks @steepletimes 
Kate xx

Kate Enters starts a Blog!

Hello!

I have never written a blog before but see this as a unique opportunity to share thoughts and research that I encounter and undertake during my life as an artist. There are so many people in the world who are battling to shout the loudest.. I do not wish to compete or challenge anyone's views or reviews of life or the world as we know it... 

Therefore.. this blog will cover topics such as historical and contemporary artists, writers and poets, design, art and style that entertains me and probably share the sometimes rather humorous challenges facing contemporary artists.. i.e. me! 

I will also share my views on exhibitions and shows that I have attended and reviewed and support my fellow creatives in promoting their events and activities! 

If you'd like to be featured or have an event coming up you'd like me to review then please get in touch..

Let the fun begin!! 

Kate xx