BUCKLAND BLINGMASTER SPILLS THE BEANS

by Liz Benfield

It has been almost four months since the opening of the local Art Of Reflection exhibition, by Andrew Logan.

Since then visitors, volunteers and staff at Buckland Abbey have had the chance to enjoy, to wonder at and to question the 19 exhibits which make up the show. Never has anything promoted so much discussion in the abbey.

On Saturday (Oct 14), the artist visited the exhibition to talk about it himself.

Starting with Excalibur and the 4 Flowers of the Apocalypse, into the Goldfield and on into the house, he talked with candour and affection about the pieces, happy to answer questions and giving a feel for his life, his friends and family and how each art work had been conceived. He raised some laughter with his story about a financial adviser he called his “prosperity counsellor” whose cheery warnings about the 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse inspired Andrew’s 4 Flowers version, centred on a set of decorated hubcaps.

He recalled that when the Goldfield was first exhibited, in London, its straw bales became a recommended sleeping spot for tramps.

And he paid tribute to assistants like the Indian craftsman who created the World Of Smiles metal globe over a firepit, fashioning the shape with his feet.

His work includes elements from Russia, Japan and India, as well as around the UK, and is shown equally widely.

The exhibition has been very popular with children. When asked what he would like them to take from it, he said inspiration for their future lives.

Summing up the Buckland experience, he said: “Art is a physical manifestation of the spiritual and this is a spiritual place. I have enjoyed working with everyone here and learning some history from them and I hope I have brought some joy. “

Resplendent in a check suit set off by a trademark beaded cap and a fabulous brooch, he was a charming and funny guide for a two-hour trip around the show.

He revealed, by the way, that the Alternative Miss World Contest, which he started, will make another comeback next year – at the Globe Theatre in London in October 2018.

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Picture from backstage at Alternative Miss World – borrowed from The Guardian …

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