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'....this deference to art often saved my skin. As I stood pressed against the railings of some dim London square with a strangers hand and my throat or my crutch or both, another member of the gang would whisper, 'But he's an artist. I seen him in Chelsea.' Immediately the grip on my person would loosen and in a shaken voice, my aggressor would say, 'I didn't know.'
-The Naked Civil Servant- Quentin Crisp
I remember reading that some time ago and feeling rather encouraged that the thugs concerned, whatever their other faults, at least had a bit of respect for artists. It offered the possibility that they may one day be reformed and turned into civilised beings. Y'know nice law abiding people that don't go about casually insulting artists.
It is therefore with my head hanging in shame that I have to inform you that I have casually insulted a respected Scottish artist by the name of Robin Gillanders on this very blog. You can also imagine my horror at receiving a response to my 'Robin Reveal Yourself' post via e-mail from respected Scottish artist Robin Gillanders who regularly reads my blog. If this had happened to someone else I would be laughing like a drain. In my defence I didn't actually look at Robin's work, he is just an innocent victim of my all consuming hatred of Rousseau which began during the first year of my degree. Yes that's right degree- see I'm not a mental, I'm not an idiot. Having re-read the post all I can say is that I'll be in real trouble if Barbara Kruger reads this blog.
Anyway Robin has been very kind about the whole thing and has even offered me an invite to the exhibition I turned my nose up at all those posts ago. Robin's exhibition is entitled 'The Philosophers Garden' and is at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh from the 23rd of September.