The two roles of the artist are as Mystical King or Holy Fool – Bob and Cedar Lewisohn discuss at Rude Britannia
Editing this conversation between Bob and Roberta Smith and Cedar Lewisohn shot in the Rude Britannia show at Tate Britain. Cedar was one of the curators of the show, which looked at the idea of a British sense of humour in art. They are discussing how Bob’s work sits alongside Hogarth and Cruikshank and the notion of the exhibition as being like a punchline to a joke.
If I include all the interesting stuff the film will be about 3 hours long. The dilemma of the edit.
Went round the corner to Bob’s house yesterday to record some more music for the soundtrack. Bob plays on all the music in the film, except for one track by Flame Proof Moth.
Last October I hurriedly recorded 3 mins of piano played in Bob’s Leytonstone kitchen which I mixed and threw a load of effects at to make a sound piece to accompany that footage I’d shot that was projected onto Bob’s Gotham Golem sculpture for Pierogi’s The Boiler space in Brooklyn , New York.
This music works really well with the footage of Bob in his Leytonstone Centre of Contemporary Art at Ramsgate, so I was keen to record some more. Bob set about the task with great gusto.
I’ve become a fan of Bob’s band The Ken Ardley Playboys during shooting and have used several tracks in the film. They’re the kind of up-and-at-’em garage punk band I always wanted to be in (but my mates had aspirations of writing melodic acoustic music). Yesterday Bob picked up his Telecaster, put bells round his ankles and knocked out some homespun blues punk on the step by the back door.
Since July 2009 I’ve been following around the artist Bob and Roberta Smith with a video camera. I’m now in the process of editing the documentary that justifies this peculiar behaviour.
The film will most likely be called Make Your Own Damn Art – but I didn’t want to steal that for the name of the blog as it really belongs to Bob and is the title of one of his books.
I’ll be posting some thoughts and clips as the edit progresses. Then of course I hope to be posting news of screenings.
Here’s some early footage that I cut together for Wire magazine back in 2009 from a show Bob did at Beaconsfield gallery in London.