Venice Biennale

July 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

I was fortunate enough to be able to take year 12 fine art, photography and textiles students to Venice for the Biennale at the end of term. Venice was totally overwhelming, and as for the Biennale itself – the locations on their own were utterly breath taking. I felt very lucky indeed to be able to experience this – definitely a perk of the job!

Some highlights:

Maurizio Cattelan


Yang Maoyuan


Fabrizio Plessi


Below is the work of Ethiopian Gedewon was particularly hypnotic. Tiffany said she wanted my drawings to take her breath away – and these ink drawn talisman did that to me. They are intricately drawn mazes which have a map like quality. I sketched a small part of one which made my eyes go funny and took at least half an hour. They must take an incredibly long time to produce. I remember the information provided said something about the artist completing these drawings on his hands and knees. I wouldn’t fancy that. It reminded me of a piece I started and never finished at the beginning of the course. I wish I was more of a starter/finisher.

Detail, untitled 1990, Gedewon


Untitled, 1990, Gedewon


And some photos I took myself. The year 12 starting point is ‘routes and pathways’ so I started taking some images around this theme.

feet and light in a fringe show

more feet




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