Monday, June 22, 2009

Mark Boyle & Peter Schmidt...

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"Son et Lumiere", performance poster, 1966
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Peter Schmidt working the reel to reel
tapes during "Son et Lumiere"
performance, Jeanetta Cochrane
Theatre, London, March 1966
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Joan Hills, Mark Boyle, and Esme,
on stage at the Cochrane Theatre, 1966
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Joan Hills, Mark Boyle, Esme, Peter Schmidt,
rear to front, "Son et Lumiere", 1966
(photo from The Boyle Family Archive)




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While researching for PeterSchmidtWeb, I discovered the association of Peter and Mark Boyle. Aside from being tutors at Watford, they were collaborators and friends. The work of Mark Boyle and his partner/wife Joan Hills, ultimately The Boyle Family(with the inclusion at birth of Sebastian and Georgia)and the thoughts behind it are very much grounded in reality, and all encompassing in it's very nature. Discovering The Boyle Family is one of the richest gifts I recieved in my endeavors. From The Boyle Family website is a description of a situation that arose during one of the performances of "Son et Lumiere" at the Jeanetta Cochrane Theatre in London, 1966:

"The whole performance was accompanied by the sound of heart-beats, soft when used as background for other body sounds and loud as main theme, for instance with the presentation of blood. These heartbeats led to an amusing incident. Because difficulties had been encountered with the contact microphones during the preparations, Boyle had suggested that they make a tape of his heartbeats to keep as a standby in case the mike cut out. At the last moment, he remembered that they hadn't made the tape. Peter Schmidt was in charge of the sound department and he said he had managed to get an LP of heartbeats. The contact mike did break down and the LP was used. During the applause at the end, while the audience was swarming over the stage, a man from the audience said to Boyle: 'I don't wish to alarm you but are you aware that you have every known form of heart disease?"

I met Sebastian Boyle in late 2007, when he was here in New York with one of The Boyle Family works at an exhibition. Many thanks to The Boyle Family for their support, and for sharing these photos. Currently, The Boyle Family is exhibiting the "Barcelona Site", from the generation spanning "World Series", in London. Between August 1968 and summer 1969, 1000 sites were chosen at random by visitors to the artists’ studio and the exhibition, "Journey to the Surface of the Earth", which launched the project at the Institute of Contemporary Art. I recommend checking out their website, and trying to visit this show. http://www.boylefamily.co.uk/
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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Peter Schmidt Paintings and Prints ...

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Advertisement for Curwen Gallery Exhibition, from Arts Review, January 1966
(Image donated by Rory Walsh)
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It was at this show, Peter exhibited his Cycloid prints.
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Saturday, June 13, 2009

From "A Meeting With Kali"...

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"A Meeting With Kali", Peter Schmidt, two random pages
Self published by Peter Schmidt, London, 1975
(from the collection of Jasia Reichardt)
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We have about a dozen more images from this book, and "Sketchmaps" which have yet to be presented here at PeterSchmidtWeb. There's plenty going on in these drawings, so have a close look...
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Monday, June 8, 2009

Peter Schmidt "Flikker Book 7"...

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"Flikker Book 7", Peter Schmidt, a flip book

Published by Editions Alecto, London,1973

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

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"Cycloid IV", Peter Schmidt, serigraph in black, 1966
(Collection of Rory Walsh)
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This print was made with the help of Stanley Jones of the Curwen Gallery Press. I will update the website with this photo, and with it's current provenance.
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Peter Schmidt Web - World Map

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Peter Schmidt Web - Recent Visitors - World Map, June 2, 2009.
Peter has friends everywhere...
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