On Thursday, only 1 student turned up :( There was no way we could do the game I had planned, which needs at least four players, but luckily there was a private view taking place downstairs at the Phoenix so myself and Alicia went along. Neither of us had read anything about the work… so we were experiencing it ‘at face value’. I quite enjoyed the irreverent nature of some of the work, and the implicit critique of the art world itself, plus the deliberate naïve style employed by some of the artists. I think both of us weren’t sure whether we could pick up a poster, from the stack on the floor. We felt this was part of the game played by the collective. At one point we were both trying to read something on the wall (the place was littered with a real explosion of art… there is lots to see at all different heights), when this robot like creature started up a kind of horn sound in the room. This challenge to our concentration was indeed a challenge! We returned to the art studio and discussed what we’d seen. Annoyingly, our notes from this discussion got lost on my phone! Sorry Alicia. We popped back down for a performance by two artists doing a kind of faux-rap. However full on the exhibition is, the space was certainly brought alive.
Alicia has a blog on which she reviews the work of artists she admires. Unfortunately I can’t find it online but maybe Alicia can give us the link?
To find out more about the Phoenix’s current art show, go here: http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/pigdogandmonkeyfestos/