So this week has been insanely crammed with residency activities, and has left rather little time for us to pursue our work. This is obviously very frustrating, especially considering how precious studio time together is to us. We have lectures, seminars, studio visits and meetings. It must be said that there is an enormous benefit from participating in all these events, but as it stands there is little new work to show.
Three other points from the previous two days: 1) we have both felt like we are neglecting ‘real world’ duties. Email in-boxes are getting worryingly full, prior commitments are suffering and responsibilities are not being fulfilled to the degree they should be. To that end, our schedule was further filled with tending to all these tasks extra-curricular to the residency; 2) we had our studio visit with Robert Linsley, who is currently an abstract painter. His response to our practice was quite general, though always welcome, and his comment that our next step should be to pursue a more serious solo exhibition re-affirmed something we both know and are collectively anxious about, and; 3) my friend John Cussans arrived at the Centre to do a 10-day writing residency, and though he’d been here since Saturday we only bumped into him on Tuesday (yesterday). This meeting had to be celebrated with a few drinks, so we spent some time at the local legion, easily our favourite drinking hole in this mad little town.
Having cleared much of the outside workload today, we hope to squeeze in some productivity between tomorrow’s various planned activities. Hopefully pictures to follow.