Category: exhibition

An Ancient Man In An Ancient Pot – Sketchbook Peek 21

Okay guys, I don’t have much to show this week as I’ve been working on something which may or may not come to fruition, cryptic right!? I did however make this little .GIF out of some of my drawings that I thought you’d enjoy. I love GIFs.

These drawings are observational drawings from the Chinese collection at The Lady Lever Gallery, Port Sunlight.

Hayley Holden- Chinese GIF

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Everyone loves cats, espcially 30FT inflatable ones

Recently I’ve been volunteering at The Bluecoat in Liverpool invigilating at The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things – an exhibition curated by Mark Leckey, read my first post on volunteering. I spoke about the giant inflatable Felix the cat installation and various reactions he created.on my second sitting with Felix I started to think about the relationship between his influence on society and the size of the installation, I also did a bit of background reading like any good invigilator.

Felix the cat was a popular cultural icon from 1919 onwards is the artist trying to convey Felix’s cultural status with the size of the installation? My thoughts lead me to think that this is not the intended interpretation because you know, he could of used a contemporary reference like Bart Simpson if that was the message

I was also thinking about cats, just about cats in general cultural terms, Felix shows historically that cultural forums have known the cuteness of cats and how they effect the general public. Contextually this is true with the internet, I know more than a handful of people that regularly spend hours in a YouTube-hole watching kittens, this morning I’ve spent over an hour on PROCATINATOR.

Felix was the original cat in entertainment, he has been the nations cat for just under 100 year now. Of course I have also thought about possibility that the balloon could have just been to celebrate Felix’s birthday or something?

Macys-felix-the-cat1

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The best way to see an exhibition.

felix at the bluecoat

Sunday was my first day volunteering at The Bluecoat in Liverpool spending 20 minutes in each gallery space, lets you fully absorb the exhibition and create a personal connection with the pieces. I did however spend my first hour inflating a 30ft Felix the cat and speaking with a photographer (probably really established and terribly intimidating) in the most intimate satanic space I’ve ever been in.

The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things – an exhibition curated by Mark Leckey runs till April so I imagine I will form various opinions on the collection as my brain occupies itself and makes patterns, here is a collection of my first impressions no doubt I will write some more in the upcoming weeks.

Felix the cat (2013) is almighty in stature and formidable, People wandered in unexpectedly their reactions ranged from laughter to bewilderment.

an elderly lady with a Zimmer frame, who probably had the most contextual reference and memories for Felix, burst into hysterical laughter and a toddler who was just in complete awe of Felix. Spending 40 minutes with Felix I also decided it’d be an awesome locale for a somewhat trippy Harlem Shake video (if anyone has seen one that is actually funny, send me a link)

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