Tuesday 25 November 2014

The Vanity of Small Differences

As I was attendng the AGM of Yorkshire in Bloom at Temple Newsam, I took advantage of visiting the Grayson Perry exhibition while I was there.  I am so glad I did.  

The exhibition, The Vanity of Small Differences, depicts Perry’s thoughts on taste and class in six incredibly detailed tapestries. These were created from the findings of his Chanel 4 documentary All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry when he visited different social groups in Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and the Cotswolds.
Just as Hogarth told the story of the Tom Rakewell in A Rake’s Progress, the tapestries tell the story of the upwardly mobile Tim.  I could have spent hours in front of each tapestry, so intricate were the works, new features kept becoming apparent as did snatches of text.  If you get the opportunity, do go and see these pieces to which the camera cannot do justice.
 The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal 

 Here you can see the Guardian newspaper in which the organic vegetables were wrapped, the cafetiere, which Perry calls the middle class icon, along with the Aga and the Penguin mugs.

Thursday 6 November 2014

End of the Season

 Last visit to the coast until Spring

Paid a quick visit to Harlow Carr where bird ringing was happening, which is not like bell ringing which was the first thing that came to mind!

 Carved detail of a new summer house

 Willow pigs

 and seals on bicycles?

 Halloween display in Betty's window

and here comes Winter
leaving us with our memories of Summer

“The sea is their grave but this Memorial sculpture is, in many ways, a headstone for the lost trawlermen”

I have always been impressed by the architecture in the centre of the maritime city of Hull, especially the old buildings with their carving...