Putting some ideas into practice

A busy few days has seen the central panel of the picture mounted in one of the bays of the gallery. Visitors may easily see the progress.

The central panel 8′ x 4′ will form the centre of a larger picture that may take its place on the ceiling of the gallery.

Its subject is the 20th century, leading to the enlightenment that is displayed on the north wall. It is a mystery that men who have behaved so badly can still have any redeeming features at all.

Copyright Bernard Barnes

I am planning to add a ring of events surrounding the inner chaos. Events of momentous proportions, the wars, the great characters, the arts and cultural references. My original hurricane shape based on the vortex I am thinking of bearing the multiple images.

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Throughout the images I am looking for small bubbles of tranquility where I can paste a small scene, an aside, a reference that together will all the rest paint a summary of a momentous century.

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You may be able to see from these pictures that I have cut boards that fit around the edge of the central picture. It will be made up of pieces that I will fit together on the wall, but which I can work on seperately on the easel.

I am also beginning to adapt the central image, adding new ideas to fit the theme. I have been experimenting with an optical illusion that can be built out from the surface of the picture to give the illusion of an inner recession.

Copyright Bernard Barnes

Here I am interested in suggesting the receding streets of fear exploited by Giorgio de Chirico in the surrealist paintings and it does add to the tension of the work.

A new ceiling panel is taking shape, and will be on display in the gallery from 18th September

Original painting copyright Bernard Barnes

This painting is 12′ x 6′ and intended for a place on the ceiling of the gallery along with 7 other pictures. Its theme is the 20th century, and it reflects a century of turmoil, war, etc. This image is an artist’s mockup, showing my intent. I will be adding the decorative border while the picture is on display. Here on a blog, I will try and document the development of the picture.

Address of Blog: http://bernardbarnes.com/blog/

Bernard Barnes

NEWS: September 2017

Dewiswch o’r blwch i gyfieithu.

The current Resident Artists’ Exhibitions have work by Bernard Barnes and Reyna Rushton, plus additional work by two of Bernard’s progeny – Sasha and Alyosha Barnes.

The acoustic folk music sessions are running again every Monday, 7:30 pm start. On Monday 4 September this will be combined with a preview of two exhibitions. Work by Richard Morgan will be on display 5-30 September (read more) and Julia Wilson’s art can be seen 5-17 September (read more). From 18 September, Bernard Barnes will have his Dissonant Britain painting on display, while adding a border so that it can occupy its intended place as one of the ceiling panels.

Books by Bernard Barnes

Bernard has had a self publishing spree. Check out his titles on Amazon or signed copies available in the gallery. The Captives of the Cosmic Web, City as Superorganism, Travels with an environmentally friendly puppet and The cat who said woof. The catalogue of his most recent work, Fragments of Devon, is also available to buy.

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Goethe Quote

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

Quote from Goethe, or is it?

Open Day and Carnival

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Giant Puppet Dance – Calling for Puppeteers

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Fancy being a Puppet Master? We are experimenting with creating a Giant Puppet Dance Group, to perform, initially, at the Puppet Carnival on July 23rd. The aim is to create simple round dances that can be performed by these giants. Hard and hot work, but could be a lot of fun.

First meeting will be on Friday 15th July at 7.30pm in St John’s Hall Gallery, Barmouth

Just turn up if you’re interested.

Philosophy in July from Jasper Elgood

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For those interested in philosophy, Jasper Elgood is giving a series of 4 talks in July on Thursday evenings, each starting at 7:30pm. The titles and dates of his talks are:

  • Thurs 7th July: Malice – Invasion of the Narcissists from Hell
  • Thurs 14th July: Barrack Obama and Donald Trump – The Noble and the Base a Lost Theme in Political Discourse
  • Thurs 21st July: Walking Meditation – How to Get from A to B Without Leaving A
  • Thurs 28th July: What is ‘Why’? – Questioning Questioning

For a flavour of previous years’ talks, recordings are available here: http://stjohnshallgallery.barmouthwales.uk/recordings-jasper-elgood-talks/

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A kind of Cubism that I keep returning to

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I keep returning to this style. Cubism in first appearance, but from a different angle.

There is so much to explore in this style of painting. I return to it over and again. This time I come to it as a complex in the centre of a web. As we go closer to the centre of the web, so the image becomes more complex, until an illusion of reality begins to appear. It parallels the working of the eye, where only a small area of the retina is sharp.

I will explore this approach a little more, maybe combining clusters into the same image.

Part of the development of the puppet theatre the gallery

This crude experiment is the first stage in the development of a scrolling background in the puppet theatre. It has established a traditional method to create illusion of movement while the figure remains stationary. It will form part of our introductory sequence to the opening of the talking head theatre.

Date of New Carnival Fixed for September 19th and 20th

Barry (Lim) has persuaded me that there is enough home grown talent and creativity in the town to sustain an end of summer event over the 2 days. Work is well advanced with the theatre, and lots of ideas are flowing. We look forward to hearing from anyone who has an ‘act’ a ‘contribution’ of any kind. We are looking for good ideas that are wacky, thoughtful, beautiful, awe inspiring…. anything that will contribute to the pleasure of the day. If anyone is interested in contributing, call in at the gallery and we can talk about it.

Jasper Elgood talks about the films of Robert Bresson

Jasper Elgood will be talking on
Sept 3rd
St John’s Hall Gallery
Barmouth
at 7.30 pm

via https://ifttt.com

Update: The sound recordings of the 3 talks by Jasper are available to play on the post advertising the talks here.