Yesterday Mr B & myself finally got to see the Alison Goldfrapp “Performer as Curator” exhibition at The Lowry Gallery Manchester.We did originally have tickets to the preview but family life got in the way and we never got there. The exhibition ends on 7/3/2014 and both being huge Goldfrapp fans, we couldn’t let the exhibition end without seeing it.
So glad we did, we both thoroughly enjoyed getting an insight into what makes Alison Goldfrapp tick. No surprises really, if you know Goldfrapp’s music, the exhibition was full of fairy tale influences and dark erotic images such as surrealist photography & collages. All very well curated though with many artists I had never heard of, but glad I am aware of now. I particularly loved the work of Toshiko Okanoue from the 1950’s. Amazing what techniques these creative people came up with, long before photoshop.
I loved the work of photographer Francesca Woodman
Clever collages by John Stezaker.
Some of the original paintings of Henry Darger were on show. Henry is one of the most significant self taught artists of the 20thC. He painted 300 watercolours & collage paintings which he bound into 3 volumes illustrating his self penned masterpiece “In the realms of the unreal” These drawings were sadly undiscovered until after his death.
Goldfrapps first album sleeve for The Lovely head, was designed by Simon Periton, whose work and paper cut designs are also part of the exhibition.
Many of the fairy tale books on loan for the exhibition, feature the amazing illustrations of of Kay Nielson.
What was the most insightful part of the exhibition was the personal artifacts Alison had chosen to show, from her family and childhood memories to gifts given to her by friends & family and items collected along the way.
The exhibition really resonated with me as I too have long had a fascination with childrens fairy tales and stories and have a small collection of books dating back to Victorian & early 20th Century. I also loved her collection of scandinavian & Bavarian artefacts, again a style that influences me, from the folk art illustration, so popular from the 1970’s, keepsake books from my own childhood.