About James Tovey: www.jamestovey.co.uk. Artist and Craftsman living near Peterborough, UK. I think Brexit is a bad idea and don’t like the concept of a Federal Europe.
Byam Shaw School of Art
Universities of Hull and Exeter
International Boatbuilding Training College Lowestoft
About my recent exhibitions and events:
Fifth Musician of the #Plastocalypse @#plastigeddon in the #plasticene . See the figure recently made during #pboromakefest 2018, by a gang of small and tall builders; on temporary exhibition in the Peterborough Museum Garden.
Understanding the sculpture is made easier by listening to David Attenboroughs speech to the United Nations:
City Gallery, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF
19th July 2018 – 7th September 2018
Vivacity Unit, Queensgate Peterborough, PE1 1PU
Plastic is now ubiquitous.
We’re living through the Plasticene.
You can buy a 2.4m plastic cactus for your hallway; you won’t have to water a real cactus using tap water, that itself now contains plastic micro-particles.
‘The plastic arts’ is a term that had existed long before plastic itself. I have wanted to try and look at the plastic objects I had collected over the last few years as naively as possible, as though life-drawn for the first time by an art student intent on learning through prolonged observation. Not interested in the Neoplastism of the De Stijl movement, instead my initial thoughts were of a metamorphosis and of bringing ancient mythology and plastic ¬- a 20th century invention – together in an uncomfortable way. However I found myself reluctant to go too far down the path of the collision of two plastic objects to transmogrify into a third construct – yet there is a definite modernist basis for some of the elements.
The mermaid painting backdrop idea came from a small toy figure found as sea plastic litter. It is actually the top half part of a small Barbie figurine, but I initially thought it to be Disney’s The Little Mermaid. I researched mermaid art and came across the mermaid of Zennor and was attempting to build a composition around that and some lines from Ovid but the plastic overwhelmed it.
Wood is an obvious counterpoint and natural contrast with which I have felt more at ease. The plastic components are essentially ready-mades although altered by collision with natural processes in the environment and some minor assemblage. Wood is also an ancient, relevant building material. In this installation, the wood forms a sanctuary, a natural structure and the plastic is an imposition on it and in it.
There is no doubt the terrible convenient addiction that societies have developed for plastic eases the struggle against decay in the short term. What now looks to be a permanent error is that plastic is with us for the foreseeable and has been injected into the human food chain. I can imagine a child born being described as a plastic native to perhaps a planet slowly choking at Plastigeddon,
Friday 29th & Saturday 30th December 2017,
Castor Village Hall, Peterborough Road, Castor, PE5 7AX.
Open 10am – 10pm FREE ADMISSION
Castor Ales Brewery will be providing a bar for exhibition veiwers refreshment.
The Inktober drawings gave me the chance to renew my interest in illustration techniques I had learnt at school, University and work, as well as refreshing my memory of technical ink drawing techniques and the many ways a drawing can be put together in preparation for publication
I heard it bust when it hit the ground and the forearm was obviously out of shape but the skin was intact. I had managed to keep it held it to my chest despite rolling around on the floor swearing. Later the consultant said it looked like a bomb had exploded in my wrist.
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Recent Exhibitions and Events:
‘Drift’, The Peterborough Open: 29th March 2019 – 26th May, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery
Fifth Musician of the Plastocalypse, Peterborough Makefest, Peterborough Museum and City Gallery, December 2018.
Four Musicians of the Plastocalypse, Peterborough Heritage Festival, June 2018
Contemporary Peterborough Artists July – September 2018 Peterborough City Museum and Art Gallery
‘Plastic, Native Temple’, Vivacity Unit Queensgate Peterborough 7th-20th May 2018
‘After the Fall’, ink drawings on paper and acrylic paintings on canvas, 29th & 30th December 2017 Castor Village Hall, Peterborough, UK
The Debris Navigator and other OutsideART: WestRaven Community Garden, August 2017
Yarrow Gallery, Oundle 31st July – 6th August 2017
Artist Day Nene Park July 2017
PAOS 2017 (June 2017)
‘Star Flower’ at the Peterborough Heritage Festival June 2017
Sun Henge at the Green Backyard Peterborough 2016-2017
Peterborough Green Festival 2016 #pectgreenfest
Peterborough Heritage Feastival 2016 2nd/3rd July 2016
PAOS City Gallery Exhibition 2016 24th June – 6th July 2016
Peterborough Open 2016 Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery 18th March – 15th June 2016
Undercroft Theatre Serpentine Green, Hampton, Peterborough 11th to 21st Nov 2015
Peterborough Arts Festival 4th – 6th September 2015 Torii 1 series which also featured a sculpture from the Plastic Ocean Column series
Peterborough Heritage Festival 19th-21st June 2015 Mountain 2008 series and Future floodplain Xoanon
On Thursday 1st November 2018, one of our members, Pete Hayward, sadly passed away following a short illness. Pete More
The new Treasures exhibition at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery is a once in a generation event, which champions Peterborough’s More
Congratulations to Julie Errington who picked up the top prize in the PAOS 2018 competition. Julie, a keen art lover, More