Friday, 6 February 2009
3.12.08 Inside the studio
It was great to see his vast metallic cloths, like the ones he had on exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2007, here just lying on the floor with his assistants walking to and fro over them. A great many of his wooden reliefs lined the walls and the sacks of bottle tops were all stacked up around the entrance to the main door. Yet another combi load of 'materials' arrived in sacks for him whilst l was there.
Uche showed me around and patiently answered any questions I might have. Sunday was a day when El likes to be on his own in the studio to ponder the work without hinderance, but otherwise there are quite a few assistants that help him in producing the work. He often takes photographs of the work as it progresses and then looks at them on the computer to critically appraise them.
I felt very privileged to be invited to see all this work and left feeling contented and happy that l had done so.