Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Acerone at The Glass Room - Colston Hall


Valerie Marsh said...

We were impressed by the way the exhibition was staged with the interconnecting lines and spent some time comparing the photographs and the paintings and trying to make connections between them – I thought the developing use of light was interesting and we were both intrigued by the way the reflections in the different vehicles was managed. However we were puzzled by the title of the exhibition –‘Call to Adventure’.

Acerone said...


Many thanks for your comments, they are much appreciated. I am glad you found time to find my blog and put your thoughts down - It is great to get feedback.

Regarding the title of the exhibition, 'Call to Adventure'...

I first came across the term when reading a book by Joseph Campbell called 'The Hero with a Thousand Faces' which i believe was written in the late 1940's. The basic concept of the book follows Campbell's idea that every myth, parable, story, script, etc follows the same narrative - the journey of a hero and the stages of his progression through his journey. The first stage of the journey is the 'departure' which within the book is split up into 5 chapters including 'Home-ground', 'The Call to Adventure', 'The Refusal of the Call', and 'The Crossing of the First Threshold' - all of which i used to title my canvases.

There is a relation between each of the chapters of the book and the content of each painting. For example in the first painting titled 'Homeground', there are references to my own upbringing in a working class family in Bristol, graffiti (and specifically the artist Paris's work) being a vehicle for my progression both personally and socially, a bridge that links a humble background with a corporate world, and so on... I could go on forever about the visual references to my past and how that links to Campbell's writing, but i think that is enough for here on this blog!

Before i finish up though, the whole process was bought alive to me when i studied the work of Paul Rebillot whilst on a course studying creative art therapy (in which i am training). Rebillot took Campbell's theory and rather than applying it to a story, as George Lucus did with Star Wars, Speilberg did with Back to the Future and Dahl did with Charlie and the Choclate Factory - he turned it inwards so that an individual can become the hero in the myth/story/journey of their own life. It's very powerful stuff if you embrace it... I did and came up with this exhibition as a result!

I hope this goes some way to answering your question! Feel free to email me at info@acerone.org if you want more info...

Thanks again for dropping by and leaving your words for me.

Luke Acer