Sunday, August 10, 2014

Exhilarating exhibition

I was wandering through my photographs the other day and came across this whole set of photos from an exhibition by Glen Skien which Susan, Steph and I visited back in May. I can't believe I haven't shared them before now! Probably says a bit about how busy life can get...

Honestly, it was one of the most moving and beautiful exhibitions I have seen in a long time; it took my breath away and left me in awe and wonder.

Sometimes works of art can humble you. Sometimes you just feel as if you have come home. Sometimes they make you gasp, then forget to breathe again.

So many times in this exhibition I felt that way. Every piece was deserving of time and reflection.

I didn't get all the names of works, but the creator is Glen Skien, a wonderful printmaker and story-teller, and maker of magic.

Enjoy!












All photos were taken with my iPhone, I can't believe I forgot to take a camera with me, but it was one of the days when I was grateful that technology could let me hold a camera in my phone...

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  1. Oh yes - ditto, ditto and then some more. Like you, I cannot remember when I last enjoyed and exhibition so much or was so affected by a body of work. Have to remember to breathe .......

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    1. It was quite surreal in a way wasn't it Susan? So much energy and beauty and inspiration.

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  2. Thanks for sharing these photos... I can see why the exhibit took your breath away...

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them Sharmon - there were so many details; the closer you went, the further in you were drawn....stunning!

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  3. i read about this exhibition, and have looked at glen's work for some time. i *wish* i could have seen this. thanks fiona for sharing these photos.

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    1. You would have really enjoy fit I think V - it was special and his work is so layered and sensitive. So many adjectives I could use!

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  4. Thank you, Fiona, for sharing your photos. Wonderful, wonderful work...

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    1. It is indeed Carol - he is a special spirit I think. Go well.

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    1. I think so...your camera roll would have been full my dear! It would have been a great one to see together.

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  6. This looks wonderful Fiona and I'm sad I missed the exhibition, but really appreciate your posting the photos.

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    1. I'm glad I remembered to post them Amanda! It was wonderful and a great gathering of thoughtful and careful work - with lots and lots of magical details.

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  7. Glen's exhibition was breath taking Fiona, I was fortunate to have an open window and attend the day of his artist talk - it was so wonderful hearing the intent behind the works. A most inspiring and memorable day...

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    1. Glad you got to hear him talk Kim - I've done two workshops with him and just love his approach to the world of art...

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  8. I came across a magazine article about Glen Skein a few years ago and remember the excitement of finding his website and blog. Seeing these photographs and hearing your impressions as well as reading other people's reactions to his work in the comments really makes me envious.

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    1. I'm sure you would have been gazing into the works sighing like we were Lesley! We were like kids - discovering this and oohing and ahhing and saying oh you must see this etc. I think it's good when you feel like every piece is a discovery of beauty. Go well.

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  9. Glen is truly a master printmaker and such a deeply considerate artist, thank you for sharing his work

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    1. So true Mo - he is a special kind of person, and it was truly wonderful to be in the presence of his work.

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