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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Grayson Perry- Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman

Went to see the Grayson Perry, it was really interesting but seemed a lot more Grayson Perry than unknown craftsman. Well I guess it was his solo show. Was very well structured and tight and led you through the exhibition well. Had imagined it bigger but it was quite nice and intimate instead. These aren't photos from the actual exhibition, just photos of different artefacts of the same groups as was shown, to show a rough idea of what I saw. 

“Deep in the mountains of my mind there is a sacred place where there is a monument to skill.”

Asafo Flag.

Egypt 11th Dynasty Soulhouse

“The Rosetta Vase” 2011

“Craftsman Hero in the Digital Age”, “The Cult of Modern Art”

“The Artist- veiled existential thoughts, legacy of childhood, curiosity, play, hubris, autobiography, fantasy world, humor…”

“The Frivolous Now” 2011

(photo steven white)

Boli Figure, Bumuna, Mali


“A modern artist can also be a bit of a magician, having the ability to transform ordinary materials into something significant.”

Nail with magical symbols ROMAN. 

Siberia, 1850 pine + ivory
“Models of Summer camp and a dog sledge”


Sarakatsam Costume Greel, from Alexandraoupolos, Thrace 1900s


Paintings illustrating the story of Harischandra. Karnataka, Southern India, 1850-1950 goache.


Map based on Bungan’s ‘Pilgrims progress’, W.Jeffery’s. british 1800. Hand coloured etching.

Image of Conficus. Chinese, Qing Dynasty, Paper Rubbing.

Relics of the Holy Roman Empire kept in the church ot the Holy Ghost, Nuremburg. German 1470-80. Hand coloured woodcut. –interesting presentation of a collection of items?

Figure of a saint’s head, Goa, Southern India, 1600s Ivory

“The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman” 2011
-“This tomb is a memorial to all the anonymous skilled men and women who have crafted the wonders of history. A site of pilgrimage where we might celebrate the fluency and loving care with which they embroidered on costume, carved a chair, painted a vase or built a temple. It takes the form of an iron ship sailing into the afterlife; it is hung with artifacts mainly from the British Museum collection. The bottles represent offerings of blood, sweat and tears. In the central reliquary is an example of the original tool which begat all tools, a flint hand axe 250,000 years old.”

--“Craftsmanship is often equated with precision but I think there is more to it. I feel it is more important to have a long and sympathetic hands on relationship with materials. A relaxed, humble, ever-curious love of stuff is central to my idea of being an artist. An important quality of great art of the past was the pure skill in the artists use of materials. In celebrating craftsmanship I also salute artists, well most of them.”

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