Guest post: Tea with Graham Rawle
The lovely people at Monster Truck Gallery Studios are taking part in the Barry’s Tea With series, and they’ve invited illustrator and collage artist Graham Rawle over to Dublin for a cuppa at the Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place on Thursday at 6.30 p.m. Potter along to the gallery and you’ll have the chance to discuss all things artistic and perhaps not so artistic over a quare strong brew. This is a brilliant idea: you have Rawle, an inventive and clearly unhinged artist (in the best possible sense), the elegant setting of the RHA, and a cup of tea in hand to make sure you don’t get any ideas above your (tea) station. And it’s free.
Rawle is perhaps most famous for his work in the Guardian, including the Lost Consonants column, but last year saw him reproduce the Wizard of Oz in a lavish and gloriously creepy illustrated book. Perhaps his most intriguing work is Woman’s World, an illustrated novel made from fragments of found text cut out of 1960s women’s magazines, which is now being made into a feature film. It follows transvestite Norma and her alter ego Roy and we have no idea how it will work on screen. Mad Men meets Terry Gilliam perhaps.
Anyhow, this is a great way to give people a chance to engage with artists directly and have a serious and unstuffy chinwag about art and culture. It would be terrific if we could see more of this kind of thing; exhibition openings are perhaps the only chance most people get to rub shoulders with artists, but there’s a bit of an intimidating air about most of them (the events, not the artists). The Origin Gallery on Dublin’s Harcourt Street, though, has been running Sunday events where you’ll usually find the artist in situ with their work and more than happy to shoot the breeze with punters. So is there more of this kind of thing around? Have you casually bumped into an actor after a theatrical performance, for example, or a musician at the bar post-gig and chewed the culture cud? Let us know. – Laurence Mackin