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Friday, 9 September 2016

'Reflection' exhibition & 'Congruity and controversy' lecture

I will give an illustrated talk at 1.00pm (repeated at 5.00pm) on Wednesday 14th September at St Stephen Walbrook entitled ‘Congruity and controversy: exploring issues for contemporary commissions.’ Modern commissions by Henry MoorePatrick Heron, Hans Coper and Andrew Varah at St Stephen Walbrook bring into focus some of the key issues and questions regarding modern or contemporary commissions. I will explore these issues in this talk, which will be in the context of the ‘Reflection’ exhibition.

Classical, modern and contemporary art and architecture beautifully combine for 'Reflection', commission4mission’s fourth group exhibition in the setting of St Stephen Walbrook (39 Walbrook, London EC4N 8BN). Tuesday 6 – Saturday 17 September (Weekdays 10.00am – 4.00pm, Weds 11.00am – 3.00pm).

As in previous years, the exhibition features a wide variety of work from longstanding and new members. ‘Reflection’ is intended as a broad theme open to wider interpretation. commission4mission's artists showcase their individual engagements with this theme and we hope that the range and variety of work, both in terms of content and media, gives pleasure and prompts reflection. Exhibiting artists include: Hayley Bowen, Harvey Bradley, Irina Bradley, Christopher Clack, Mary Davey, Valerie Dean, Jonathan Evens, Terry FfyffeMaurizio Galia, Michael Garaway, John GentryClorinda Goodman, Barbara Harris, Tim HarroldAnthony Hodgson, Mark Lewis, David Millidge, Janet Roberts, Henry Shelton, Sergiy Shkanov and Peter Webb.

Michael Garaway has posted a piece on his blog about the genesis of ‘Voice by Voice’, the diptych that he is showing at ‘Reflection’. The piece uses an antithetical version of the Lord’s Prayer, as found in the Book of Common Prayer, as if spoken by someone both driven by and driving an incessant consumerism. He had put this poem aside, not knowing how he might use it, until this year’s exhibition theme of ‘Reflection’ provided an appropriate opportunity to revise the text and develop a piece of work with it.

An exhibition reception and commission4mission’s AGM was held on Tuesday 6 September. The exhibition launch reception included a talk by writer, broadcaster and commentator Richard D. North. Richard describes himself as “a complicated conservative, and a bit hippy and arty round the edges, with an increasing interest in the idea of spirituality.”

After noting the high percentage of work in this show that he would be happy to hang in this home, Richard spoke about his evolving relationship to religious art citing the significant artworks commissioned for Chichester Cathedral and the Winifred Knights retrospective at the Dulwich Picture Gallery as recent places of pilgrimage and his developing love of stained glass as a cause for
new pilgrimages. A visit to Lourdes and an awareness of the history of devotion to St Teresa of Liseaux had given fresh appreciation of the impact that religious imagery, however sentimental, has on the devotion of believers.


Colin Burns - Linger Here.

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