Wednesday, 5 February 2014

I'm glad you're alive! at OpenHand OpenSpace Reading

A couple of weeks ago I went to see 'I'm glad you're alive!' an exhibition by two artists who have studied at Winchester School of Art. Peter Driver is due to complete his degree this year and Lydia Heath finished her BA in 2013.

I haven't visited a lot of shows lately as I had a baby 8 weeks ago, so this was the first she'd seen and the first I'd seen since she was born and it was a brilliant first show to see, despite the fact that I had a big distraction at the time.

Me and Merry look at Lydia Heath's work.

Above, woodcuts by Peter Driver.
The above woodcut 'Loving the Alien' was a particular favourite of mine, I love the colours. I actually bought this print for my wall at home, supporting fellow artists and all that!

A washing line of woodcuts by Peter.

A photographic piece by Lydia Heath.

Rich drinks some mulled cider and admires some of Peter's woodcuts.

Lydia's installation in juxtaposition with Peter's woodcut and photograph.

Collage and 'I'm glad you're alive' print by Peter.

Visitors to the exhibition could pick up a free 'I'm glad you're alive!' print.


The woodcut plates themselves were one of my favourite bits of the exhibition. Much the same as when I saw Chuck Close's exhibition last year, there is something very beautiful about woodcut plates.



More of Lydia's work.


Merry seemed to enjoy herself too some of the time and so I'm sure we'll be popping to some more exhibitions soon.