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Studio Job Pussy Cats

Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, you're my pussy cat. Meowmeowmeow, talking all about the pussy cats.

Studio Job Pussy Cats at Carpenters Workshop Gallery

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Isn't the pusspuss delightful? Studio Job have created some beautifully awesome sculptures of kitties with glowing eyes. I love them, so much and it was so much fun to edge around them and feel like time had stopped.

I'm not sure if they were supposed to feel creepy, but I had none of that. It was pure delight and made me remember every pussy cat I'd had the pleasure of owning. Job Smeets of Studio Job wrote

"[cats] are autistic. They can't really understand people's emotions and can be quite ruthless. They kill birds, butterflies, mice and sometimes a mole, then they come home and sleep in our bed. Some say cats are closely related to humans. Do they have a point?"

My experience of owning cats, is yes, mine are all autistic, or have been. They don't particularly like being moved, they didn't like me acquiring a new boyfriend, changes of food were met with disdain, "You expect me to eat this?!" Yet, owning them has always been a joy for me, and although I wanted to talk about the sculptures. I wanted to talk about pussy cats instead.

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Jeffrey Kroll, Mead Carney Gallery

Jeffrey Kroll has a wonderful eye and his paintings made my jaw hit the floor. Kroll paints, then photographs, then prints, then paints some more, and the overall image is delightful. Hinting at other worlds and the spectrum of light, colour and life.

Kroll discusses in his paintings a reflection of where technology lies in contemporary art, but that is all conjuncture really. I want one, plain and simple, I want one to hang in my living/bedroom/bathroom/in my flat.

The paintings are intelligent and Kroll gives them meaning and just everything hints at the sublime, there are hints of figure and form and all that is in between and they remind me of paintings someone else I know creates. I wish wish wish I'd taken my photographs of his work, but I ended up being rather embarrassed by the invigilator/gallery owner and scurried away, wishing I'd lingered that little bit longer.

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