Last night Grayson Perry gave a lecture to inaugurate the Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects (CHIRP) and Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL). A few tickets were available for free for UCL staff and i was lucky to be fast answering the email and grabbed myself one. Even better it was held at RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects), which is a 1930's listed building that has been on my to see list on open house one day.
He didn't disappoint, he was just amazing, that man talk so much sense. Somehow grabbed some wonderful front row seats. In some ways I kind of wish I was still a first year art student as this would have been so inspiring (of course back then he was just my favourite potters , turner prize hadn’t happen yet and he wasn’t yet known for his talks but already his vases made very loud commentary). He is so clear and can talk about art in the most straight forward but logical way. I agree with him on so many levels. It was a real pleasure to listen and watch…gosh and I love that kimono.
Slightly surreal also met the new UCL provost and got hugged and kissed from the ex vice provost (recently helped him sort donating his library to a book charity) as he sat behind us.
I think it was great night on many levels, as Simon also suddenly got a chance to go and see Alan Moore showing his films and doing a talk at Prince Charles and came back grinning too.
He used to write a really witty column in The Times, I just tried to find it again but, no, now you have to pay for their website. He's interested in so many diverse things . . motorbikes . . skateboarding . . even why products for small children are always primary colours, he'd always have something different to write about.
I've seen more of his columns about art and essays on diverse subjects, than I've seen of his pottery. He's always interesting. It would be fascinating to see him curate an exhibition and choose other works, as he's got such a clear view of what's worthwhile in art.