Tuesday, 15 February 2011

It's all about the Sketchbook

Paul Ryan
Last Friday I went to see Manual Setting, an exhibition at the Danielle Arnaud Gallery, in which my friend Ivan Cartwright was exhibiting. It was a supremely interactive exhibition - hardly an exhibition at all, more a gathering of assorted, laid back discussions. And a glorious opportunity to delve into the 'secret life of artists' as the exhibition centred on artists' sketchbooks. Given free range to flick through the sketchbooks of four artists, while the artist sat and watched, only able to explain the work if I asked a question. Aside from Ivan, who fills his sketchbooks with dense, inspiring inks, photoshop experimentations and entertaining diary-esque narrative, I loved the work of Dino Alfier, who somehow gave me permission to be meticulous in my own work, with his, intricate, delicate sketchs.

It was inspiring and motivating for my own sketchbooks, and encouraging too ... the contrast in styles between each artist's approach to the sketchbook seemed to tell me that anything goes ... Well of course it does. It's a sketchbook.