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Old 09-10-2007, 05:16 PM
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FRAGMENTS EXHIBITION

Fellow artists:
I have been planning a series of exhibitions for several years and now I would like to tell you, my colleagues, about the project.

The idea began while visiting Vietnam in 2003 where I witnessed the devastating impact that unexploded weapons have on a local population, ensuring that a war long over can to live on for decades. This troubling realization inspired me to try to help change this reality and I am offering the “Fragments” collection of sculpture for sale, with 75 percent of the sale price to fund landmine clearance.

“Fragments” were original inspired by the archaeological remnants of sculptures that I saw in museums and like those ancient remains, “Fragments” speak of the tragic nature within us, and the continuous cycles of war that makes up our history. These sculptures have remained hidden in my studio for many years as I considered that they lacked authenticity and remained unfinished. Only in witnessing the tragedy caused by landmines did I realize that these works of art had a purpose, and they were to push my sculpture past social commentary, for they could actually work to change this terrible reality on a practical and tangible level.

Through “Fragments” we have begun to make a difference, and I am presenting this body of sculpture in order to continue to manifest this difference. Since July of this year, “Fragments” have been removing unexploded weapons in Vietnam as well as having mapped a minefield in Angola.

The campaign continues at:
The Canterbury Festival October 13-25
Chapter House, Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury, Kent CT1 2EE

And again
November 1-17
The Fragments Exhibition
Royal Opera Arcade
5 Pall Mall
London SW1Y 4UY
England

Along with finding this purpose for my art, a group of artists have helped me to create a website ( www.motive-art.org ) for artists who want to help victims of war, poverty and disease by raising money for charities supporting the victims of human injustice. The site will feature artists who wish to donate their work or time to charitable projects.

For centuries, artists have used their work to make political and social statements. We believe this is not enough.
We want to turn talk and art into positive action.
Our aim is simple but huge.
We want artists to help create a better world.

The “Fragments” collection represent 20 sculptures created over the last decade, and now having found their meaning, they will fund The No More Landmines Trust in order to continue their mine clearance work across the developing world.

We do not expect other artists to give away all their work. I felt that to launch Motive, I needed to make a dramatic gesture, we are only asking you to help where you can and to assist the charity that is close to your heart.
Motive would like to help you where we can.
Motive invites artists to visit the website, register and get involved with the debate on how artists can change the world for the better.
Motive. art for life's sake.
Please join us. www.motive-art.org
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Old 09-11-2007, 05:17 AM
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Re: FRAGMENTS EXHIBITION

Blake: I am glad you can now publically announce your exhibitions, your website and the other related activities. I wish you every success in your admirable efforts.

You have clearly gone beyond being an socially conscious artist who just provokes and make statements. In our troubled world, action is very much needed and you are a good role model among artists.

I note the Motive website is much more professional and has much more contents than the trial version. A good website can of course reach a much wider audience than exhibitions.
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Old 09-11-2007, 06:57 PM
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Re: FRAGMENTS EXHIBITION

I admire the generosity of your pursuit - and I hope to someday be in a position from which I can give in a similarly substantial, tangible, and direct way. I wish you success and I look forward to the growth of Motive.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:53 PM
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Re: FRAGMENTS EXHIBITION

Thank you all for your kind words.
I hope that you will check out the web site at motive-art.org
Anyone who is in Canterbury between Oct 13 and 25 or London between Nov 1 and 17 please come into the show.
If you can make it please introduce yourselves to me as I would love to meet my forum friends face to face.
Hope to see you there.
Blake
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:03 PM
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Blake: I notice these comments in the latest article of your website Motive.

"MAG removed and destroyed three cluster bombs that have been in the family’s garden for more than three decades."

I think MAG stands for "Motive Art for Good".

I am glad MAG has extended its interest beyond landmines to include cluster bombs.
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:29 AM
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MAG actually stands for Mine Advisory Group . But we will add Motive Art for Good as well great idea!
MAG is the organization that FRAGMENTS are funding through NO MORE LANDMINES in Vietnam. NO MORE LANDMINES use several organizations to clear landmines and unexploded bombs (UXO) in different countries in the world, but NO MORE LANDMINES also provide Survivor Support and Mine Awareness Education. MAG deals only with clearance and will clear any explosive devise including the 1000-pound bomb that did not explode when dropped some 30 years ago. There are many of these unexploded weapons that remain in Vietnam for example, where in Cambodia it is mainly landmines that contaminate the country. In Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon cluster bombs are very prevalent, so you can see that the problem changes with the country. Over 90 coutries in our world are contaminated by unexploded weapons of war.
Using our art we can help I am very pleased to know that Fragments are already making a difference.
Thanks for you interest and support.
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Old 09-15-2007, 08:08 PM
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Blake, I had a quick glance at the two other websites you linked, MAG and NMLM. Perhaps you can give the feedback to them. They document and give information. This may serve a useful purpose, but it means they are not interesting reading, even to me.
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Old 09-16-2007, 04:55 AM
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Re: FRAGMENTS EXHIBITION

Merlion
I will pass your comment on to the charities. However, both of the charities sited here will not spend any money on their web site and only have volunteers who do this work for them. It is too bad but then I agree with this as I would not want to see any of the money that we are raising to go a web site, I would rather clear some landmines from a few meters of land.

We have some of our videos up on the site now check them out HERE
I have found that our videos will not play on Internet Explorer at all, they have buffering problems on Safari but play very well on FireFox which you can get for free HERE
Please let me know how you make out so we can correct the problems.

The videos of the sculptures are meant to be art in and of themselves and most are the creations of Surinder Singh who has been a partner with me in this project. We also have an ad for landmine clearance that was done by Samantha Shaw, thanks Sam.
The tails (endings) are all different and I was hoping to get some feed back as to which ones people like best.
Please feel free to comment either on the Motive-art site or here at sculpture.net
Thanks
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