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I’m exhibiting at the Tate!

We’ve just returned from staying with my good friends Helena and Raymond Turvey in Cornwall. I’ve known the two of them since our Art School teenage years in London and a few days away from Suffolk, as much as we love it, was a refreshing break.

After visiting the ‘Eden Project’ and checking out the local terrain, we were introduced to the St Ives ‘Tate Modern’, with the most impressive work being this extraordinary conceptual piece by Slovakian artist Roman Ondak. The participatory/performance piece ‘Measuring the Universe 2007′ (above) grows over the course of the exhibition, emerging from an empty white gallery space. Each visitor is asked to stand against the wall, their height is measured, marked, named and dated using a black pen. These marks then build to form a dense black band running entirely around the walls with every visitor leaving a physical trace on the show.

Stunning in it’s simplicity and a great finale to the few days away from Beccles, completed with my first Tate exhibition!

by Roland Blunk (iPhone pic)

Roland Blunk
I have been privileged in being commissioned by so many influential clients throughout my career, that I feel looking back, I was either extremely fortunate, too cheap or just in the right place at the right time! Having come of age before the computer, the possibilities for visual expression now seem almost magical, as we live our lives together with daily miracles and wonderment. I studied Art and Design in the mid sixties at what was then Hornsey College of Art, London. Life, after a series of drab boarding schools, was exciting to say the least. Jimmy Hendrix played upstairs at the Manor House pub, James Brown at Cook's Ferry Inn and Charlie Mingus at Ronnie Scott's, to name a few that added to the local distractions. Design and photography were skills learnt in their original pre-digital form. Slow, sometimes laborious, but wonderfully rewarding. My design clients have included: The Arts Council The British Tourist Authority The Institute of Contemporary Arts Arista Records The Manchester City Art Galleries The Design Council The BBC The National Portrait Gallery The Guardian Eversheds Solicitors The British Council The Opera Babes The Royal Shakespeare Company The V&A Museum Her Majesty's Stationery Office Island Records The Institute of Chartered Accountants Visnews Hoeseasons Holidays The Scottish Development Agency Sotogrande Haymarket Publications The Crafts Council I have lectured in design at major art schools in Great Britain and my work has been reproduced in the Swiss publication 'Graphis' annual, The 'Designers & Art Directors' annual and 'Modern Publicity' annual.