Artist Open House 2010: oh yes, er, my stuff

Vanity, my favourite sin?

Despite common perception, I am not very vain. OK OK I am, but I do find it difficult to promote myself (I’ll get over this, I’m sure). In some ways, this is therefore the most difficult blog post I’ve written. But, I convince myself, there is a charity to support (the already oft-mentioned Survivors’ Network)– so here goes, something about my own photos on display at this year’s Artist Open House in the Acupuncture Clinic.

Simple stuff

A couple of photos are straightforward and are not unlike the ones shown below – but showing them as they are would be giving it away… so I don’t. They’re not a million miles away from these is all I will say ;-).

This, but different

See this lone bather take to the sea...

A flock of starlings... but not this one


Then I’ve got two panels – and I’m actually quite happy about them.

One is made up of two fairly straightforward flower shots, but with enough of a twist (I think) to make them more interesting.

The other panel is part of a bigger project that revolves around the West Pier… they’re really just a lot of photos of the West Pier :-), but all together they make quite a nice ‘documentary’ of the effect that humans and nature have had, and are still having, on the slowly dilapidating pier, and of how the pier currently sits in its surroundings. Before this all sounds like I’ve gone all arty-farty, let me say that these are, in the end, still just what I think are cool photos :-). I’ve not gone soft or anything, good heavens, no!

Purple / untitled


'Old & New Signs'

'The Tube'


Everything I’ve got on display (except obviously a large canvas print) is home-printed. I enjoy the control and the short turnover time this gives.

And to top it off, my friend Y is showing a couple of excellent smoke shots in spectacular metallic prints, as well as some less abstract landscapes-with-a-twist. I’ve already mentioned the hand-made jewellery by ika, and then there are all the other local artists and everything else I mentioned in my invitation.

All in all well worth a visit! Please do come along this Sunday!

Artists Open House 2010: why?

Because I’m vain? Well, that’s a good start, why else?

Because the Artists Open House that I (and Yari, and our Swedish friend Ingegerd/a.k.a. Iki, together with her sister Karin) will be exhibiting at is supporting a most worthy local charity: the Survivor’s Network.

Their website isn’t all too informative – but do feel free to explore it – so I’m trying to rectify that in this post – as far as I can, because I am not an expert on them.

In short, they help women who are the victim of sexual abuse of various sorts; childhood abuse of long ago, as well as rape as-short-as-possible after. It doesn’t need explaining that that is a great and very valuable service; I will just post some more informational material below for anyone interested to read.

To shortly explain how the charity support works: if you buy our stuff (and it will not just be ‘us three’; there will be like a dozen artists (I hesitate to use this term for myself :S) exhibiting their art. There will be at least two other photographers; Iki is sending jewellery (all you ladies should be curious – I’ve seen it and it’s beautiful!); there is at least one painter; there is one (or maybe two) embroiderer (embroideress?); and Yari’s mom is sending in, from Italy, her bead-sculptures – and then there’s the people I don’t know about.

In addition there will be all sorts of homemade cakes up for sale which also help the charity so stuffing yourself has never felt so good either!

I’ll write more about what to expect soon but for now I wanted to have this background out. Do all come, the Acupuncture Clinic is in Hove close to Hove station and even closer to Aldrington station, and it’s on the 49 bus line to Portslade too.

Now here’s the Support Network info:

Poetry: Melopee – Paul van Ostaijen

Poetry? Why?

Have you gone SOFT Marcel?

Well… my dear friend Iki sent me a set of photos of our weekend in Belgium this January. On one of them I thought I recognised a few lines by my favourite Dutch(-language) poet: Paul van Ostaijen.

‘Onder de maan schuift de lange rivier / Over de lange rivier’

Which is just so in the style of van Ostaijen. Indeed it was – which made me really smug for having recognised him based on just a line and a half :p – and it turns out to be his last poem; a calm, dispassionate, impressionist discription of his life. It’s not so long so I tried my hand at a translation for Iki whose Dutch isn’t as good as her Swedish – and I actually think I didn’t do too bad a job.

So, I’m publishing it here and now. Ah, the joys of vanity.

Melopee – Paul van Ostaijen

Onder de maan schuift de lange rivier
Over de lange rivier schuift moede de maan
Onder de maan op de lange rivier schuift de kano naar zee

Langs het hoogriet
langs de laagwei
schuift de kano naar zee
schuift met de schuivende maan de kano naar zee
Zo zijn ze gezellen naar zee de kano de maan en de man
Waarom schuiven de maan en de man getweeën gedwee naar de zee

Mélopée – Paul van Ostaijen

Under the moon the long river slides
Over the long river the moon sleepily slides
Under the moon on the long river the canoe slides to sea

Past the high reed
past the low pasture
slides the canoe to sea
slides with the sliding moon the canoe to sea
So to sea they are companions the canoe the moon and the man
Why do the two the moon and the man meekly slide to sea

Vertaling/translation: Marcel Volker

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Opinion | Opinie 29/03/2010

I SOOO agree with what James Lovelock has to say, it’s remarkable:

Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change

Read it! It’s true, and I’ve been thinking and saying this for a while (as like, HERE, if you think I’m boasting). I don’t often quote myself but I said it that (lengthy) post:

[I]t is becoming clear that we, as a species, will not be able to stop climate change. So I’m seriously considering becoming a cynic and put my money where my mouth is: into companies and government agencies that don’t try to stop climate change, but with coping with the effects.

Also funny to see him say something about democracy – because one of a few things I do quote of myself fairly often (OK OK I’m vain, so what :P?) is

Given the average intelligence of voters, it is questionable that democracy is the best regime.

(‘Gezien de intelligentie en de kennis van de gemiddelde mens is het maar zeer de vraag
of een totale democratie de beste staatsvorm is.’)

Charity of the Month: Red Cross


The Red Cross

Without further ado (and conveniently glancing over the fact I had no “CotM” in March at all :-S*), I present: the Red Cross.

They’re neutral and they help people who are in need of medical aid. That is easily enough to elevate them to the lofty heights of Charity of the Month. Last week they sent me (and I presume millions of others, too) a little reminder letter asking for £5,-. What? No way – that is too little! (as I mentioned before, I’ve decided not to say how much I actually do give).

*) But to make up for this, there’ll probably be two CotM’s in April. I really hope at some point to do one each month, not one per month on average… :-|.

Charity of the Day: the Great Daffodil Appeal

daffodil-appeal-marie-curieJust a small one, but one that is important to me for personal reasons: the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal.

Providing nursing care for (amongst others) terminal cancer patients. A very good job indeed.

Today I just ‘bought the daffodil’ but I will donate more later (maybe as a bonus ‘charity of the month’). Buy your daffodil too! Or donate, even better.

Welcome to Google :-) (& Quote of the week)


Google touched by His Noodly AppendageAfter a month of relentless blogging :-p, the search query “Same shit, different blog” now turns up halfway on the second page of the Google research.

I must be doing something good – if attracting attention is good. Well, yes, it is. Of course.

Quote of the week

quotation-marksCoincidences don’t exist. So it must be destiny that today’s “Quotation of the day” on iGoogle is:

If one has no vanity in this life of ours, there is no sufficient reason for living. (Leo Tolstoy)