Ikon and John Salt

I was invited to the private view of paintings by John Salt at the Ikon in Birmingham.  John Salt was the first artist to show at the Ikon and then he had a major show in 1975 curated by my then boss Simon Chapman with many of the paintings lent by Ivan Karp of the OK Harris gallery, New York.

Originally from the Sheldon district of  Birmingham UK, at the age of 15, John gained a place at Birmingham School of Art where he studied from 1952 – 1958.  From 1958 to 1960 he studied at the Slade School of Art in London.  Early influences were the works of Prunella Clough and American pop artists such as Robert Rauschenberg. After teaching for a spell at Stourbridge College of Art in the West Midlands he decided in 1966 to move to the United States and was eventually offered a place in 1967 at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

In Baltimore Salt noticed the work of photographers Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander and how the photographers’ documentary style relieved them of  the need of any self-consciousness in terms of artistic technique.

Salt was to start painting from closely zoomed photographs of car interiors.  The paintings were at the time still painterly interpretative representations of the photographs.  He was later to attempt to remove traces of interpretation by following the photographs ever more closely.  One painting of this more faithfully detailed style was taken directly from a Buick catalogue.

Salt was planning to return to England at the end of his Baltimore  engagement in 1969 but when a New York dealer bought two of his works he decided to to move to that city.  His work in New York moved away from consumerist portrayals of car interiors to work that was based on his own photos. After his discovery of a scrapyard under Brooklyn Bridge the images began to be of more mangled or wrecked cars.

It was in New York that Salt developed a relationship with dealer Ivan Karp who was on the point of opening his own gallery and who had a portfolio of artists associated with the then emerging Photorealist movement. Salt’s first one man exhibition was in New York in 1969. He was then to feature in 1972 in the prestigious Documenta 5 exhibition in Kassel, West Germany, where the American Photorealist movement first gained an international reputation.

Through the early seventies his work became even more detailed and realistic realistic painstakingly using an airbrush with stencil to obtain the photo-like precision he sought. His characteristic iconography was of photos of trashy trailers and beaten up cars taken in poor semi-rural areas.

As well as the astonishing realism there is a poignancy to these pictures and possibly the slight feeling of voyeurism in the way they go to depicting poverty. Perhaps there is something harking back to the rural works of the English 18th Century.  Perhaps we will see these works on the chocolate boxes of the next century (hopefully not).

The above is an installation shot of  Pink Trailer with Plymouth 1977 at the Ikon’s This Could Happen to You exhibition last year.  For more images go to www.ikon-gallery.co.uk where you can view a pdf file.

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A quiet place in the New Forest

Donkey

Donkey

Royal Oak North Gorley

Royal Oak North Gorley

Fo peace and quiet go to North Gorley, 2 miles south of Fordingbridge.  There is a small plain with wild cattle, horses and donkeys, tranquil ponds and a thatched pub.

Forest pony

Forest pony

The pub serves good food and a wide range of ales.  A very traditional English pub.

Reflections in pond

Reflections in pond

 

 

 

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One of the dirtiest cars seen

Dirty car, Ibiza

Dirty car, Ibiza

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Signsmith van

Seen in Lymington on Easter Day.

Signsmith van

Signsmith van

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Another couple of Jersey tractors

Beach tractor, St Brelade's Bay

Beach tractor, St Brelade's Bay

Seen last August.

Beach tractor, St Brelade's Bay 2

Beach tractor, St Brelade's Bay 2

I just love these old salty workhorses.

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Pretty Triumph

Bank holidays seem to bring out pretty motorcycles.  This Triumph is another good looking bike on Lymington High Street.

Triumph

Triumph

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Kooky flower pots

Teapot flower pot 2

Teapot flower pot 2

Near to the skip that I have photographed in Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire, England, are these kooky teapot flower pots.

Teapot flower pot

Teapot flower pot

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A small Antipodean ‘batterie de cuisine’

Further to my obsession with kitchen gadgets – the Antipodeans seem to have got something going: the orange sieve goes back to the late sixties and is still in remarkably good condition, I thought that the stainless mesh would pull out of the plastic moulding but it hasn’t. Oh, I think I have earlier said that this comes from Australia – it doesn’t it is from Auckland, NZ.

Cuisine Queen sieve

Cuisine Queen sieve

The Dalson slice/spatula and the bean slice are definitely Australian.  My mother has been buying the slice/spatula for years from the early sixties.  The handles melt if left on the side of the frying pan but they still seem to last. They are brilliant at hoiking fried eggs out of the pan.

The Krisk bean slicer is classic and easy to use.  Top and tail the bean in the bladed loop at the top. The spring loaded arm with a single blade means that the bean stays snug against the slicing blades.  Just push the bean through a bit until you can catch the other side, then pull the bean through, simple. Discard the side sliced off strings. It makes you want to slice beans.

Research on the net show that this little device is made by Tatham Cutlery, to  quote them: “Tatham Cutlery Mfg. Co. Pty. Ltd. has been making the KRISK Bean Slicer in Sydney, Australia since 1923. It is exported around the world.

The design of this kitchen tool has changed very little in 80 years. It didn’t need to – because it’s just right as it is!

The KRISK® Bean Stringer & Slicer effortlessly removes the ends and the strings of the bean and slices it lengthwise.

Many people wouldn’t eat their beans any other way.”

Demonstrated on this url on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-xixPwj3Ww http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-xixPwj3Ww

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My new Voigtländer – well old actually

Voigtländer Vito C

Voigtländer Vito C

I bought this on Easter Day – yesterday from a fascinating dealer of motor memorabilia I found in Lymington.  Almost the only trader open.  I also bought a model Citroën H Michelin by Editions  Atlas. It is bright yellow with the Michelin logo on the side and a model Bibendum on the front.  Apparently, if my sources are correct Nunc Est Bibendum means Now We Must Drink.  Why Michelin used this word defeats me.

Citroën H

Citroën H with Bibendum

I don’t dare unwrap it.  I will have to find a battered one to play with

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Skip in colour

Skip in colour

Skip in colour

This is the same skip as shown in the Zenit blog.  It’s quite organic -seems to grow and change every day. Oh, it’s not taken on the Zenit – this is on a Fuji Finepix AV, 14 megapixels.

Skip

Skip

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More Zenit b&w

A dark room against bright light

A dark room against bright light

Apple blossom

Apple blossom

Ash tray

Ash tray

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Wainsford Road – spring

Wainsford Road is a back road from Pennington to Everton, it’s away of getting from Lymington to Milford-on-Sea when the main A337 – Christchurch road is congested.  It also happens to be a very pretty road at this time of the year, lime and apple green leaved branches forming arches over the road.  It was here that I knew I was home when travelling home from a long distance.  Oddly I have never bothered to photograph it until yesterday.  Here are some shots.

Wainsford Road looking South West

Wainsford Road looking South West

Wainsford Road another view

Wainsford Road another view

A view into the woods

A view into the woods

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Citroën H Type light truck

Citroën H Type light truck

Citroën H Type light truck

This truck is owned by a painter and decorator, Ray Barrett.  It has been seen in Southern Road, Lymington, where he is working on a house exterior.

It is in beautiful condition.  I don’t know if this was an original colour but it looks fabulous.

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The Westmark potato peeler

My first Westmark potato peeler

My first Westmark potato peeler

This is a photo of my first Westmark potato peeler. I purchased it in about 1969 at Rackhams in Birmingham, incidentally, at the same time, I also bought a Jotul cast iron frying pan and a bright orange Cuisine Queen plastic body with stainless steel mesh, both of which are still going well.

Another Westmark peeler

Another Westmark peeler

Sorry this is  out of focus.  Another Westmark peeler, given to the crew of Piamanzi, which I purchased in Kassel in about 1997 with two other similar peelers (as stocking present gifts).

Why rabbit on about potato peelers.  Well this potato peeler, like other German ones, is superior to the standard British spud skinner in so far as it has a specially designed curved  blade more likely to approximate to the contours of a potato, carrot, parsnip whatever; thereby grabbing a greater slice of the action on each movement.  It is a proper blade mounted on an aluminium carrier which swivels in the handle, the British equivalent tends to be just stamped out of a demi-cylinder of stainless, dragging the skin off more than slicing it off.  The British equivalent sometimes doubles as an apple corer.

I am afraid German technology wins on potato peelers in my book.

Oh, I nearly forgot, you can got to this website to see more.

http://www.auravita.com/product/Quick-Potato-Peeler.FMWS10035.html

 

 

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Kenelm Cox

Suncycle by Kenelm Cox

Suncycle by Kenelm Cox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a work (multiple limited edition) that was shown at the Ikon in 1968 or 1969.  There is also one in Southampton City Art Gallery.  I don’t know how many were made. The body of the work is 18″ high.  Originally designed to be shown hanging on a wire attached to a motor which made it spin.  For more information about the artist go to http://www.kencox.org .

 

 

 

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The Park FM

This is what I have picked off the web about Park FM.  A taxi driver from Network Cars of Lymington told me about it.  I don’t seem to get it on my radio – might be being a bit thick here, but I can listen through iTunes on my Mac.

The Park on 96.9FM

The Park launched its new programme schedule on FM on Monday 28th March 2011.

Tune in to 96.9FM to listen to a truly local community radio station on your radio around the home and in the car, as well as on-line at thepark.fm

We need your help – Can you hear us?

We’d be grateful if you, your friends and relatives living or working in the New Forest area would tune in to 96.9FM and contact us here at the station to let us know if you are receiving the broadcast.

Please phone 0300 2000 212, text 07745 0122 22 or e-mail contact@thepark.fm

Tell us the location where you picked up our signal and the quality of the reception (simply was it good, average or poor), why not also take the opportunity to register an interest in being part of our listener panel, for this you’ll need to leave us your contact details.

If you prefer to leave your feedback on-line, then click “feedback” on the the menu bar.

We hope you will tune in and let us know what you think.

I don’t quite know how far they expect their coverage to spread.

 

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Zenit XP12

A further addition to the Zenit story.  I thought I needed a couple of extra lenses so having browsed the internet for good value second hand M42 lenses I discovered Ronald White at hhtp://www.ronaldwhite.co.uk . You have to phone him.  So I bought a Bell and Howell zoom 80-205mm and a x3 Helios Automatic Teleconverter.  I haven’t tried the latter yet but the zoom seems to work well.  I agree with people’s comments that the Zenit really makes you learn photography.  I have clearly been spoon fed by digital cameras.

The point of all this is that I do recommend Ronald White’s service, prompt, good value, what more can I say.

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Dzho

This is a photo borrowed from Andrew to show what a dzho looks like.  Yes they really do exist.  This is his comment “This is a baby dzho. A cross between a cow and a yak, I think (I hope this qualifies for the Yaks! pool).

Namche is the sort of lowest altitude (3400m) that you see yaks in the Khumbu. Further down, it’s too warm!

Helen took this one.”

dzho

Dzho courtesy apurdam (Andrew) Flickr

www.flickr.com/photos/apurdam/189845204/

Go to the above link for the best view.

Thank you Andrew and Helen

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Fave Places to Eat and Drink

I have given up on Lymington a bit for eating out.  There are goodish places but nowhere that is exactly excellent.  The Fisherman’s Rest is a pleasant foody pub, but remember it is still a pub.  Near Lymington are: the East End Arms, East End;  Gordleton Mill, Hordle; the Crown Inn, Everton.

Gordleton Mill is consistently pleasant and has a wonderful waterside garden – almost Monet.  I have a few pictures of the garden which will get posted.           http://www.themillatgordleton.co.uk/restaurant.htm

My favourite restaurant is sadly not so near, it is Oxfords in Oxford Street, Southampton.  This is stylish, cosmopolitan feeling and consistently on target.                         http://www.oxfordsrestaurant.com/

My friend swears by Pebble Beach in Barton.  This has always been good when I have been but I don’t like the ambience so much.    http://www.pebblebeach-uk.com/

If you have the money go to Les Mirabelles at Nomansland.  Claude the patron runs a real French restaurant which is excellent.  Be careful you don’t go wild on the wine list, it will cost you.  http://www.lesmirabelles.co.uk/

Some people rave about Chewton Glen.  It has a superb reputation, is very good, but I never feel comfortable there.  Too many flunkies make me nervous.

That’s today’s food rant over.  For drinking Lymington is quite a bit better.  My preferred pub is the Kings Arms in St Thomas Street at the top of town.  Why? – because it is still a boozer despite doing great Sunday lunches and having music at the weekends.  http://www.kingsarmslymington.co.uk

The Kings Head on Quay Hill can be quite buzzy at night.  The Bosun’s Chair on Station Street is a good sports pub with a great garden.

The East Arms’ public bar is still a country pub bar despite the old lounge bar now being a restaurant.  A great place to go to after a muddy walk with dogs.

Chequers in Woodside is a good pub to walk to with or without dogs.  A big garden, smoker friendly and cosy in the winter.  http://chequersinnlymington.com/Chequers_Inn_Contact.htm

Not in Lymington, but near enough, is the White Horse in Milford-on-Sea .  This is a completely traditional pub even though it serves shedloads of food.  In the last ten years I have been frequenting it it has not changed.  One of the bar staff has been with the landlady for over 18 years, the chef started his career there as a lad.  If you don’t like change go to the White Horse.

That’s my pub rant.  Oh! don’t try New Milton for pubs, they are awful.

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Cute Harley seen in Lymington

Cute Harley

Cute Harley

Harley

Harley

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