Last week I was back in Venice at Palazzo Mora to meet a collector and film an interview on what makes Anthony Moman tick.
I had a stimulating and frank discussion with a group of extremely bright, future art professionals and was definitely out of my comfort zone.
There were some sharp and challenging questions about my technique and thought processes and at the end I felt drained but some somehow exhilarated at the same time.
I was delighted to welcome artist Hemi Bawa who flew in from India to see my sculptures in Personal Structures,hosted by the European Cultural Centre during the Venice Biennale.
We had a great time visiting the many exhibits in Palazzo Mora and discovered a recurring theme with my syringe sculptures, acupuncture needles and staples from Dolk. Curators take note.
Later on we visited Glasstress and saw some ethereal glass work and then we went on to the Arsenale.
At this stage I was probably suffering from art fatigue, if that is possible for an artist.
I enjoyed the Argentina Pavilion with The Horse Problem – surely one of the most reposted images from the Biennale.
I appreciated the symbolism of folk masks but the masks continued on and on and on and I was relieved to see something quite different in the striking imagery of Food for Thought by Maha Malluh from Saudi Arabia made from audio tapes in bread baking trays.
The Italian pavilion left me feeling a sense of dread and not the Magic World I had hoped for. I left the Arsenale without going to the Giardini as I empathised with Lani Maestro’s neon words No Pain Like This Body.
I had seen a lot of art and yes, call me biased but I still thought that the best exhibition in town during the Venice Biennale is Personal Structures.
Personal Structures Group Exhibition is on until November 27th and is free entry, open every day except Tuesdays from 10 am – 6pm