AMERINDIGENA EXPO IN LIMA6 juli 2012
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STOLEN IN THE CANADIAN HOUSE CENTER IN LOJA IN ECUADOR14 maart 2012
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STOP THE STEREOTYPING AND BASHING OF MINORITIES, SEXUAL OR NOT.13 maart 2012
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NEW EXHIBITIONS, AND THEFT OF WORKS IN CANDIAN HOUSE CENTER13 maart 2012
I have been busy since I left England in October. The deal was to retrieve my works in Ecuador, where I had taught in 2009. Trying to kill 2 birds with one stone, I had also accepted an invitation to exhibit in Lima, Negotiations as to where and when are coming to a close soon. Probably, on the 2nd of Juli until the 20th, this year. In the mean time I am participating in a collecctive exhibition in my fatherland until 18th of March, called Inside/Outside.
Furthermore, I am showing four works of a collection that is in hands of the Condesuyo Museum in Moquegua/Peru.
Next, in September, I will host my work in a brand new gallery in Wolverhampton/UK.
As for the moment, I am showing 9 of my reamaining works in a new gallery/bar called Ginko's in Vilcabamba/Ecuador.
I say, remaining, because of the 19 that I left with the Universidad Tecnica de Loja, for an exhibtion of three months, have gone 'missing', and I have now a battle uphill in recovering them. Knowing the buraucracy in Latin America, and the level of corruption, I have little hope to see them again.
Last, I read on a Thai gay forum that someone is selling my art in Bangkok. It seems to be 'old art' made in India, the seller claims. That rings a bell, for in 1996, exactly, in Calcutta, a taxi driver drove off with my suitcase in the boot. In that suitcase I had about 30 works, which I didn't want to exhibit in Alliance Francaise hhere. Would they be the ones on sale in BKK?
In the past, other works have been lost in Thailand in 1992, and between Toronto and Brussels on 9/11/ 2001.
The first time I had my works stolen was in Brussels in 1984, in an antiquariat. I never saw them again.
6 works in a tube got missing between Penang, Singapore, Rome with Alitalia. I had no photos of them.
Fortunately, of most works missing I had pictures of, which you might see here.
thanks for reading
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HOW DID/DO OTHERS SEE ME?23 januari 2012
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WITH LOVE FROM AREQUIPA1 december 2011
As you can see by the title, I am back with my feet on the ground in Peru. Arrived in Lima on November 18th this year. I will travel hopefully to Ecuador too to pick up my works I left behind in Loja in Ecuador in 2009. Of course I will see more of the places I wanted to visit in 2009 such as Chachapoyas, Nazca and hoepfully join a shaman in a ritual.
But there are two exhibitions in the making. The first one will be in the Condesuyo museum in Moquegua hopefully in March. The second one and most important one will be in Lima in the Escuela de Bellas Artes in June to July, before I fly back to England.
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Feature in Newsletter30 oktober 2011
Just before wrapping up the show next Tuesday, this got published in Newsletter in Stafford; a full feature.
Below the article and link to a video of my exhibition on Youtube.
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EXHIBITION GREEN MEN INTERNATIONAL reviews23 oktober 2011
GLOBAL INSPIRATION with
GREEN MEN INTERNATIONAL
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PAINTER IN CHURCH10 oktober 2011
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THE OPENING of GREEN MEN INT.6 oktober 2011
The vernissage has not been an immediate success, due to unforeseen 'accidents'. Although, the rector and two priests have apologized for having been unaware of the obstacles we had found on our way, the evening of the inauguration...
However, I managed to have a pleasant evening with some of the visitors who had planned to be there and those who stumbled upon the exhibit, like a Thai mother with her son, from the Thai restaurant, 2 blocks away.
Half of my works were left in the dark because six spots in one aisle had given up the ghost.
Hanging works in an ancient church like St Chad's is no sinecure. I could not or would not drill new holes in the walls, if it hadn't been for father Michael who in the last minute went to buy strong long nails that could fit in some of the cushioned panels in the aisles, most of my work would not have been up.
But the biggest disappointment was the press. Having shot at least 20 pics of me, nothing of the show was announced until father Michael, again, went to talk to the Star & Express local newspaper. I wondered if they hated my guts, because I had refused to take off a pre-Columbian woolen mask, which I was wearing for the photo shoot. I wore that mask to make the link of the Pre-Columbian and pagan heritage from around the world with the Green Man from Stafford.
So, I ended up in black and white on page 19 Monday , instead of the Wednesday, the day when everyone receives a free copy. If that was the reason, out of spite, because an artist didn't show his face ("We don't publish pictures of people without a face", the reporter, John, said, still trying to get to see my face) then this paper has a lot of growing up to do. There are other ways to promote an artist's ideas, rather than just sillily pose with my face and a painting behind or in my hands.
I do express my thanks to all those who helped me to make the most of it and in particular my friend Valerie for her patience and organisation skills.
Anyway, the exhibition continues until the end of this month.
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