Well, I knew why I was here. I love the work of Turner and I especially like what Queen Victoria loathed – his creative visions of light and colour, his unfinished formless paintings, his ‘on the wing’ watercolours. I am not so keen on the history themes which carry a traditional freight of myth, but these hieroglyphs which explore sates of consciousness, optics, the power of paint are truly innovative.
Another reason to be cheerful is that I am now working with FRONT London and the innovative designs of award-winning Jan Kath. His techniques verge on the visionary. Inspired by the vivid colours in images taken from the Hubble space telescope, Kath has created a rug series that replicates high-resolution photographs of space. It has taken 15 years working with a small group of specialist weavers in Kathmandu who possess the necessary technical ability to realise his vision.
Jan Kath’s carpet creations challenge convention and like all the greats, are at times controversial.
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