Roadtrip to Llandudno to see David Nash

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

On Tuesday 8th myself and Mark Doyle took a roadtrip over to Llandudno to catch ‘Red Black Other’ by David Nash before it finished. Mark, the Head of Collector Development for the Contemporary Art Society in the North West (quite a mouthful) hadn’t been to see the new look Mostyn Gallery since it had reopened with its fabulous new extension, and was interested in researching the possibility of a CAS trip there next year. So I’d suggested we pop over for a day by the seaside, and I’d treat us to fish and chips afterwards. Sadly the weather wasn’t quite as I’d planned as we headed off to a wet Wales.

Having designed the exhibition publication and been there on the opening night I was keen to catch it again in a quieter moment – its always hard looking at work at previews, there’s people in the way!

Here are a few pictures I took on the trip.

Mr Doyle not happy about the weather.

Mostyn’s beautiful facade through the rain spattered windscreen.

The ‘Red Mountains’ with the wood engrained concrete interior  of the new build in the background. Just loved that juxtaposition, intentional or not, I don’t know.

A close-up of the ‘Redwood Cut Ups’ from which I took details for the screen-printed cover.

The giant pencil stubs, well that’s what they remind me of – ‘Red Dome’ and a detail.

‘Blue Ring’ made of blue bell seeds scattered on a plinth with a luminous pastel canvas seemingly reflecting on the wall.

‘Encased Cross’, my little iphone couldn’t get the colour right at all but loved this piece.

Detail from ‘Millennium Door’.

The Black room with ‘Husk’ in foreground, ‘Torso’ left and ‘King and Queen’ right – and some bloke walking through shot.

Detail for ‘Queen’ which I found fascinating as from the front they both looked quite robust and balanced but from close up and at a particular angle they became very delicate and tall, looking quite unstable. Quite a skill judging the overall balance and effect.

It had stopped raining by the time we walked along the impressive victorian promenade, the sea and sky meeting in a Lowryesque blur on the horizon. Mark declared he didn’t fancy full-blown fish and chips as he was on a diet, so we ate fishfinger sandwiches (the food of Kings) and soup in The Fat Cat – worth a visit if you are in town – discussed the state of the artworld and then headed home.

The seagull on the chippy van looked like he’d have mugged anyone who went near him.



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