Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Turner Contemporary Margate don’t display One Cube Not Rotated

Tricky this one through the whole business of This is Not a Pipe, through the post modernist business of displaying a urinal as a work of art – delicate if you’re busting to go – into the world of contemporary art where anything seems to go, The Turner Contemporary have entered a post contemporary world where gallery attendants rush up to you and say “This is Not an Art Exhibit” is there a world of post post contemporary art where we can tell what isn’t art?

Ironically in the box was a painter – although not the right sort of painter – or if he was a painter of the right sort he does it in his spare time – but there and then painting the gallery wall white with a roller, at least it wasn’t magnolia.


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  1. There is no 'The' in Turner C...

    * doesn't

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  2. Much modern art seems rather obvious stunts now. This one is perhaps, worst of all, dreary. On a separate note, 14 public sector organisations in the Margate Task Force - what are they? That's a lot for a failed area and they'll be tripping over each other surely? or are they just the Police, Fire etc like in any area?

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    1. Anon I am wondering if it was that in your fervour to publish your own unrelated agenda, you either didn’t read my post or didn’t understand it, the point of which is that this isn’t an art exhibit. To some people the “art officiados” having to be told not to mistakenly venerate it is quite funny.

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    2. Seriously? This was where they were repairing a sliding door where they had to access it through the wall. It is hardly a newsworthy item purely some necessary maintenance work no more no less. I LOVE the fact that we don't have to trawl all the way up to London to see world class art and we have somewhere to go to be creative too if we want, end of story....

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    3. We also have additional toilets and a cafe. I finally went in there for the first time ever on sunday (only because the girlfriend dragged me in there), and at least 90% of the people there seemed to only be interested in the toilets and / or cafe. So anyone who seriously believes that everyone who walks through the door is interested in art are clearly deluded.

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  3. ..and all the place needed was some activity for families in the wet, somewhere to dry off & go the loo.. painting round a urinal would have been perfect. For the Turners air was so controlled my mother struggled to the door, down the steps to find somewhere to sit (on a wall) to stop passing out. The Turners were fascinating (apart from air density) but could have been shown anywhere. Turner did not sit at Margate staring at paintings on a wall (or a blank wall) - he was looking out to see/sea, taking in fresh air, and painting! (..pretty much what you do!) - thanks for going & pics, anyway.

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    1. Anon are you sure you visited the same gallery, the Turner Contemporary has excellent toilets, café, and children’s activities during the hols and weekends, granted it is sometimes difficult to find a vacant seat if the gallery is very busy.

      I have sat in the gallery and sketched for hours at a time without being overcome by fumes although it can get a bit stuffy in the middle of the summer, not a problem at the moment.

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    2. Michael, don't feed the trolls.

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  4. Interesting Ramsgate news story here, maybe you can shed some light on it Michael?

    http://www.thanetgazette.co.uk/Wet-weather-opens-huge-pit-school-field/story-20775974-detail/story.html

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    1. Think it’s an old well Peter oval shaped brick lined so it probably had a chain pump, my guess is that it was once very deep I think the water table there would be about 100 feet down.

      I guess it has adits (tunnels leading off below water level) and was filled at some time in the past.

      I would think the recent rainfall caused some water flow in the adits and the filling dropped.

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