Saturday 18 June 2011 was the official Flying of the Flag, witnessed by a select and exclusive audience of the Flag Club members. Although there was not much of blue skies that day it was dry and a firm wind was blowing to fly this bright yellow flag.
Also on the same day the edition of Thomas A Clark was launched, a box with the flag, the enamel plaque, a dvd with a film of the flag flying on this location and a lot of printed matter.
Studio Paintings: Index (Addendum)Published on the occasion ofIan Whittlesea: Energy is Eternal Delightat PayneShurvell, London, 17 June-23 July 2011
This limited edition print marks Whittlesea's return to the studio and acontinuing engagement with text and typography.The Studio Paintings (1994-2002) describe the places where artists andwriters worked. Whittlesea transcribes the addresses and the migrationsof, among others, Mark Rothko, Donald Judd, Piet Mondrian, James Joyceand William Blake. The edition Studio Paintings: Index shows inminiature all the paintings produced from 1994 until 2002. AfterCircumnavigation, a group of text paintings about Darwin's voyage andhis garden walk (2003), Whittlesea retreated from painting and, whilecontinuing to exhibit, stopped making new work. The obsessive attentionand discipline that sustained the production of the text paintings wasfor the next few years directed exclusively toward judo – describedsometimes as 'physical chess', sometimes as the 'great crippler' of themartial arts. Despite many and various injuries (broken ankle, nose,ribs etc.), Whittlesea gained his black belt in 2007 and began work onthe translation and typesetting of Yves Klein's Fondements du Judo(1954), published in 'transimile' in 2009. Energy is Eternal Delight brings together several recent works dealingwith translation, simulation, title, text and typography, among them anew painting, showing the New York address of Agnes Martin's studio, andan Addendum to the Index, applied to the reverse of the 2002 print.