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Grayson Perry, Who are You.

Catching up with this absolute belter of a series. Each program has the splendid Grayson Perry producing a " portrait" of three subjects. It's a study of portrait as an art form but also a study of contemporary identity.

The first episode was about individual portraits and the second one about family groups. Not watched the rest yet. For each episode Grayson spends time with the subjects understanding their situation and their persona so that he can capture the essence of their identity struggle before presenting it.

Not only is he a brilliant artist Grayson Perry is just a brilliant bloke. As close to a hero a middle aged bloke like me can have. The man is the epitome of talent humility intelligence and personality. A real artist of the times and perfect for media. During the sessions he unfolds the subjects story sympathetically  getting their trust and confidence with non judgemental empathy. Sometime later he invites the subjects to view his work. They have not seen it before, nor do they know what medium it is. Tapestry, painting, sculpture or anything.

Each story is fascinating insightful and emotional. The one with the Alzheimer's couple particularly had me almost welling." I hope it's not one of those dreadful potteries" she said.
Frazier Cranium

Sorry but the make-up and the women's clothing somehow stop me describing him as a hero.
Grind

Heroine then?
Frazier Cranium

Never tried it but thanks for asking
Dock

Nice one LD. It's very eagerly anticipated each week in our house. His skill in transforming something he perceives into something totally original in art is fantastic. A seriously switched-on bloke who is also razor-sharp humour wise. The only one I thought he didn't quite get right was his painting depicting the Loyalist community of Belfast. I thought it was insulting to be honest. It's the only time when I felt he didn't get or understand the spirit of the people he was depicting. I found the two gay men who were adopting in Brighton tedious beyond description. Everything about them was "Look at us, we're sooooooooo alternative".* Fucking idiots if you ask me.......... I know you won't.

*And that wasn't a comment on gay couples adopting. The blokes in question and their social circle were all kisses-on-both-cheeks (leave it) spray-on intellectuals who've never read a fucking thing in their life. The same kind of crowd can be found at Seven Bar in Chapel Allerton. All as shallow as an eye bath, but with good jobs.
Frazier Cranium

I have a few good friends who frequent Seven, Dock, they're not shallow but they might have good jobs, I don't know
Dock

Frazier Cranium wrote:
I have a few good friends who frequent Seven, Dock, they're not shallow but they might have good jobs, I don't know


I love Seven. It's great. But there is a crowd in Chapel Allerton who think they are a cut above every other bugger.
Frazier Cranium

Butts?  I never realised
Dock

Frazier Cranium wrote:
Butts?  I never realised


Worst of the lot.
Late Doors

Watched the third and last and blimey that loyalist banner thing he did could have left him in deep shit. Thankfully for him he had a thinking man or at least a diplomat amongst them who could see what he was trying to do. Lots wouldn't have (or maybe would and that's why they didn't cone to see it)

Cross dresser he might be but the lad has gonads of steel.

I know what you mean about the gay adopters. Typical of that precious alternative hipster set. You keep 'em in Chapel Allers we won't have 'em here
bearing

Dock wrote:
All as shallow as an eye bath, but with good nobs.


Late Doors

Anyone watched his mini series just finished on Ch4 examining masculinity?

Three episodes focusing on Cage Fighters, Yoof gangs and City financiers that each capture supposed elements of masculinity. GP is fabulous, no edge, emotionally and intellectually  intelligent with a fantastic empathy for humanity that just pours from the screen when he is talking and listening to very different types of people. Ahh but are they so different?  are those City financiers  just legalised gangsters or soft cage fighters. Just wondering like
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Guy's a genius

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