Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Anyway I went along to the viewing on Sunday with the family and we all bought raffle tickets and some of the new RCA merchandise and spent a good couple of hours looking at the cards. As usual they always look far better in the flesh and by that stage we had spotted a few good uns.
As usual the next few days were spent reviewing the cards and refining lists. Then Friday came and, as usual I packed myself off to the college in the morning to find that usual crowd steadily arriving (or there already – Adam chose to queue for 2 night this year!).
Mark turned up just after me then John (with his stinking hangover) a couple of people further back and Hugh just behind him. The day was spent trading hints, tips and speculation. Isn't that card nice? What an earth do you that card is all about? Do you the artist who painted that card also did this one? Etc etc.
A couple of swift ones and a pizza later and then it was settle down for the night and try to sleep. I would have got more had there not been a large group of drunken lads right outside our tents (and nothing to do with the queue) who thought it was hilarious to make as much noise as possible for as long as possible. I think they thought we were protesters "Occupy RCA". Anyway once they realised that no-one would rise to the bait they eventually left.
Eventually the time came to pack away the tents, the raffle winners arrived and we had a nervous hour waiting to go in. First raffle winner out announced with glee that he had 2 Emins, a Perry and the Yoko Ono card – cross those off the list. By the time I got in though I didn't know what the family had picked up.
But I still got some lovely cards. I won't repeat all of our haul but highlights include:
The Grayson Perry Tiger. I love love love this card. In my opinion the best card he has ever done for RCA secret (and he's done some beauties), so I was chuffed to hear the family had acquired that.
My daughter Carys' favourite – a lovely card by Katia Lom.
My other Daughter's favourite – a card of a beaver driving a tractor by Nick Park.
Our favourite card in the exhibition – a great painting by Freya Douglas-Morris, a student at the college.
A fantastic painting by Nicholas Middleton – yes it is a painting although it looks like a photograph.
Both paintings submitted by Elinor Evans – 2 lovely studies of her cats Whiskey and Coke.
So some lovely cards. It was once again a great year and I will see you all again at RCA Secret 2012.
Posted by pezlow at 5:09 PM