Lucky dip, reasons to be cheerful, artwork by Midge and My Dog Sighs
This evening Together in Solitude, an exhibition of collaborative art by Southsea artists Midge and My Dog Sighs, opened at the Coastguard gallery, Clarendon Road, Portsmouth. Each piece is painted in acrylics on old, weathered sheet music paper and features a figure in Midge's distinctive style with a face by My Dog Sighs.
Alice, Midge & My Dog Sighs, 2014
In the run up to this exhibition most of this week's Corn Poppy posts have featured My Dog Sighs. However Together in Solitude is not a My Dog Sighs exhibition; it is very much a joint venture. These pieces depend on both My Dog and Midge equally. Most visual artists work alone (unlike musicians who like to play with each other). To collaborate there needs to be a high level of trust - you really don't want someone mucking up your masterpiece. But here we have two artists complementing each other's work, creating synergy, something that is more than the sum of its parts.
Love's Young Dream, Midge & My Dog Sighs, 2014
A Soldier and a Man, Midge & My Dog Sighs, 2014
Birds' Awakening, Midge & My Dog Sighs, 2014
The third element, after Midge and My Dog, is the paper. It is both a backdrop to each painting but also the inspiration for each painting. On another medium the paintings would be missing something. Like this they are complete.
Remembrance, Midge & My Dog Sighs, 2014
Akice, Midge & My Dog Sighs, 2014
Cradle Song, Midge & My Dog Sighs, 2014
Spot the artist. Some of the best street artists around were present including a big showing from SSOVA who are going to be remembering Ben Naz this weekend (more on that later).
With such a selection on view how could you choose one, just one? Well, sometimes something just stops you in your tracks. It's like falling in love. Hard to explain but you know it when it hits you.
Angels, ever Bright and Fair, Midge & My Dog Sighs, 2014
It's this one.
The Exhibition is at Coastguard Studio, Clarendon Road http://
And finally, thanks to The Agent . . .
Free Art Friday, My Dog Sighs, 2014