You have alighted upon a website that is dedicated to moving image artworks showing in and around London. If you want to get an overview of all the contemporary art forms, there are many other websites to visit but the MI artworld is where I have pitched my tent.
I have been an avid follower of moving image art for many years so this blog provides an outlet for my musings on the exhibitions and art events I have enjoyed. Those that failed to inspire me are unlikely to be covered unless they have a wider relevance. Usually I will be posting my thoughts while the exhibition is still running, so if you are in London you can pick up on what might be worth a visit. I will aim to post fairly regularly depending on the availability of exhibitions that are worth writing about and the time it takes to gather my thoughts into a coherent form. Sometimes given the sheer volume of new shows and the short duration of some of them it maybe that some will have closed by the time I post my review. When the exhibition is very extensive I will write about only those works that have had an impact on me. I will always try to give links to artworks that are also available online so you can check them out without a gallery visit.
Most of the comments you will find here are positive. As an ex-teacher I’m not really a fan of damning criticism. I never found it that it helps students. If I cannot find something useful to say about a work or an exhibition my instinct is to ignore it. However I do have certain bete noirs that will be highlighted: narcissism and pretension particularly irritate me. Honesty, humility and humour will, however, will get brownie points.
My degree studies (many years ago) were in biology, psychology and social anthropology, not art, so you are reading the work of a self taught critic. Much of the artspeak of critical theory irritates me as it seems to be designed to exclude the non-experts. Art that relates to a wider cultural context is an essential component for me so political and social implications of the artworks will often be the starting point for my writing. I will strive for accuracy and objectivity even if this is impossible to achieve in practice.
I am keen to publicise young, emerging artists. They need whatever support they can garner to launch their careers. So degree shows at London art colleges and MI awards like the Jerwood will be an important feature of this blog. I will also unapologetically prioritise any exhibitions of my favourite MI artists including Tacita Dean, Mark Wallinger, Gillian Wearing, David Blandy and William Kentridge.