Or should we say opportunities? Painting exists in a dialectic between flat surface and pictorial space. How to be true to both? Renaissance art had solutions in angels and other flying creatures occupying areas needing foregrounding so that tensions between surface and illusion of depth were kept up. Breughel used birds to good effect. Clouds were employed by Dutch landscape painters and Constable/Turner—the viewer taken into spatial recession along some canal path or other, but the journey back is on a cumulonimbus. Mountains are useful—distant but interesting.
Late nineteenth century art freed paint from its full time job of representation so brushstrokes could unite a canvas with some sort of integrity. Artists started tilting landscapes, raising horizon lines so that land and picture became one, especially in the great works of Cezanne and Van Gogh. And from there on into various forms of abstraction.
Any journey out must tell this story in reverse, so that temporary apotheoses may occur when brushstrokes take the place of angels and spatial recession is glimpsed in-between.
Steve Rushton On the road again oil on board 2020
The Hello GoodBye Show is an upbeat, eclectic live music show hosted by deXter Bentley every Saturday lunchtime between midday and 1.30pm on London’s only dedicated art’s radio station Resonance 104.4 FM.
Saturday 16th November 2019: The Sounds of Ursa bring the ethereal and evocatively cinematic soundscapes and song-craft of Bristol based artist Helen Stanley. Ovid With Reverb offer a malleable reimagining of the work of Ovid set alongside an improvised soundtrack of percussion and music. Alev Lenz performs songs from her new LP ‘3’, a collection of twelve almost completely
acapella songs exploring relationships, empowerment, motherhood, and the patriarchy.
Broadcast in Central London on 104.4 FM, D.A.B. in Greater London and worldwide on-line via: RadioPlayer
click here to purchase this poetry pamphlet influenced by Ovid and his English translators and admirers, published by erbacce-press.
click here to download
Notes (on comparing English Translations by Christopher Marlowe and John Dryden from Ovid’s Amores 1.1, 1.4 & 2.19) is published by Contemporary Literature Press, the online publishing house of the University of Bucharest
poetryartexchange (Romania/UK) perform at
Hundred Years Gallery, 13 Pearson St. London E2 8JD, Sunday 28th May 3:30pm; Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works,158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham B55RT, Friday 2nd June 6-8pm Free entry
What a show! Nine writers from two cultures, Romania and the UK, working their brand-new, poly-vocal invention. As one of the poets says, “It’s an attempt at establishing.” It establishes, and powerfully invigorates, so many aesthetics and colors, so many flavors and voices—cases, fonts, songs, diatribes, tracts, interiors and pluralities. This book is dynamic—as in drop-the-mike—as in dynamite.
David Baker https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/david-baker
Promoting the online book poetryartexchange (Romania/UK), Hundred Years Gallery and Centrala present Margento, hot-foot from Canada, performing with London based poets Stephen Watts, Claire Booker and John Riley, and a backing band including Costin Dumitrache on guitar, Sebastian Sterkowicz on bass clarinet and Steve Rushton on percussion. Hear Margento and Steve on Saturday 27th May between noon and 1.30pm on Resonance 104.4FM’s Hello Goodbye Show,. https://hellogoodbyeshow.com
To download your free copy of poetryartexchange(Romania/UK), published by Contemporary Literature Press, the online publishing house of the University of Bucharest, go to http://editura.mttlc.ro/rushton-poetryartexchange-romania-uk.html
Supported by Arts Council England and Romanian Cultural Institute London
along with “Burning a Paper Plate-Towards a New Art” in both standard and unique versions