Tuesday, February 19, 2008

You're Invited -

"TV Dinner #50"
monotype by Mick Mather
An exhibition of my monotype prints - The TV Dinner Series - has been on display at gallerY at the Downtown Syracuse YMCA since February 15th and will remain on display until April 1st. An open artist reception will take place on Thursday, February 21st from 5:00pm to 9:00pm as part of Th3, Third Thursday, where over a dozen Syracuse art spaces open for a grand party and gallery crawl. Well, you wouldn't actually know that I have an exhibition on view by visiting the Y's web site, but it has been in the papers. Anyway, it's a very nice exhibition space located on the 2nd floor of the YMCA Building at 340 Montgomery. It's right across the street from the Onondaga Historical Association, just across Columbus Circle from The John H. Mulroy Civic Center and just around the corner from one of my favorite restaurants and watering holes, The Mission. You're all invited!

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Blogger Lisa Sarsfield said...

Congrats on the exhibition! It sounds very flash! I recognise the tv dinner tray and it's handy little compartments, love the colour of choice too. Have you printed onto the tray? It looks chunky and I am trying to get a feel for the piece...can you please indulge me and tell me more about the series?
Thankyou kindly!

1:00 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

lisa sarsfield:
There are about 55 pieces in the series when I count everything and all are monotype prints. I painted these - using tempera paints - on a clear, plastic sheet (the kind you would use to make overhead projector documents on a copy machine). The paint itself is very cheap, variety store paint sets for kids, mostly primary colors: red, green blue, yellow, black, white. Every one of the 50 is different except for the basic shape of the tray seen here. I'm delighted that you believed you were looking at an actual tv dinner tray - but it's all paint! :)

4:50 AM  
Blogger cima said...

I would very much like to be there!!!


5:58 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Thanks so very much, Daniel. Perhaps one day we'll exhibit together.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Lisa Sarsfield said...

Well in that case Mick, I am very impressed! It seemed very obvious to me that this was the actual tray! lol. Even now when you have told me otherwise...
Can I quiz you more? I don't understand your message (sorry) but I really want to know what motivated you to do multiple trays...I am intriqued by them but feel I lost a piece of the puzzle (me not you) and it's bugging me!

8:27 PM  
Blogger hpy said...

Wish I could come!

6:04 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

lisa sarsfield:
It all began with a book of monotypes by Joseph Solman. I was intrigued by the process and decided to try this printmaking method myself. At the time, I was so poor that I couldn't afford oil paint or any of the other materials needed to do this so I improvised with a plastic sheet and a set of cheap tempera paints. As I began painting on the plastic sheet, it was obvious that the water-based tempera wasn't likely to work but I kept experimenting.
Eventually, by accident, a faint image appeared that reminded me of a TV Dinner tray. Soon I was repeating that iconic image over and over and over again and it evoked memories of my youth that soon enough became part of the process. I loved TV Dinners when I was a boy (except for the peas) and ate them on a regular basis. Back then, by the way, there were no microwave or toaster ovens. You had to put the dinner in a conventional oven and wait 35 minutes for it to bake properly.
Generally speaking, the conceptual nature of the series - for myself as well as for viewers of the work - relates the artistic creation to the actual TV Dinner: easily prepared, quickly devoured and easily disposable.
Well, there you have it, Lisa. I'd be delighted to answer more specific questions if this hasn't firmed up a better understanding of the series.

I know that you were there in spirit. :)

10:50 AM  
Blogger Lisa Sarsfield said...

Ok! I get it! I think lol. Thankyou! TV dinners for me have always been one of those nasty plastic microwave meals that you are frowned upon for if you eat to many...I have no such memories attached as you do. Although you have evoked a favorite memory of mine..every night Dad and I watched "happy days" when he came home from work and every Friday my Mum worked and Dad and I watched Dr Who while eating Macaroni Cheese IN THE LOUNGE! Mum hated Dr Who and Mac' cheese and never let me eat in the lounge so it always felt like the biggest treat. So now I atleast have my own connection to your TV Dinner series and a better undestanding of yours. Thankyou.
Are there links to more photo's somewhere?

7:30 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

lisa sarsfield:
The same connotation about TV Dinners was also common for me at the time. It was cheap, short on quality, short on portion but, I loved them. They were just right for my taste and I really never wanted to eat much as a kid. I was always too busy on an artistic project to bother with eating.
I have posted other images from the series, but not in a long time. I'll keep it mind that you'd like to see a few more. :)

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mick, are you French by any chance? These mentions of drink and food, along with your art have me wondering? Well I'm a bit far from New York, but it would have been nice to see. I hope it went well for you. Interesting series!

2:45 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

shani thomas:
LOL - I'm not French as far as I know. There's a lot in my family tree, though, so who knows! The show went very well and thanks for the comment. :)

2:58 PM  

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