Arts & Elbows

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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Eminently Tracey

Photo: Jake Gavin - Courtesy Jay Jopling/White Cube (London)

Around these parts Tracey Emin is much adored and typically referred to as "Our Trace". Part of our adoration is simple small town pride, she could be famous for anything and most of us would still puff up our chests at each and every mention of her. Thankfully she's not an athlete nor a television weather forecaster, rather more brilliantly she's Britain's Greatest Living Artist. Her work is bright and engaging, with a far greater scope than most realise, plus she's the best of the YBAs by a long modern chalk.
Despite the dull unimaginative slurs from the gutter press Tracey Emin remains creative and thrilling with every development, she's also incredibly loyal to Margate. It's rare for her to fail to mention Margate in interviews and she remains approachable when visiting which she does often. There's no typical Emin fan around here, but there's a solid core of support from older women who, like the artist, know women are often treated like second class citizens purely because of their gender.
With typical flair she's shuns the smoke to stage events here, most recently a book signing for her autobiography "Strangeland" and the world premiere of "Top Spot", both at Margate's Walpole Bay Hotel. When "Top Spot" went for classification the board rather perversely decided it should be rated as an "18", no doubt a deliberate attempt by the establishment to deny Trace her intended audience of teenage schoolgirls. Rightly furious she refused to release the film, leaving the public with a single chance to see it on BBC3.
Thankfully for us, the viewers, Tracey has reconsidered and this Monday "Top Spot" will be released in all it's glory on DVD. Two versions will be available, a standard version for £19.99 and a limited edition (numbered with special packaging and Emin artwork) for £25.99. Both are packed with extra features, including unseen footage, an alternative ending, stereo sound, a commentary, an interview, and three other short films; "Riding for a Fall", "Costumes" and "I'm a Believer". Most importantly it's an opportunity for us all to own a copy of a highly personal and poetic vision, and a chance to heed Emin's cry for us to try to understand teenage angst and not just condemn it mindlessly.


Blogger onelosthousemate said...

Hello, just thought i'd let you know i'm really enjoying the blog. I live in Leicester, but moved from Margate (I did a degree in Art History) and its really good to know what is going on artistically in Thanet. I didn't realise either the Tracey Emin DVD was coming out... thanks to you i've now ordered it. Did you go see her when she was book signing.

6:31 AM  
Blogger Artyblartfast said...

Glad you like it. If Arts Regeneration ever takes off properly I'm hoping it'll mean folk like yourself might find employment here rather than move away.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to go to our Trace's book signing. It was just before Christmas and I had to go to a crimbo do in Ramsgate.
I was lucky enough to be at the premier of "Top Spot" though.

9:07 PM  
Blogger onelosthousemate said...

Me and my girlfriend do plan to move home within a few years, so hopefully it will take off. Just see myself moving away as just getting the right experience before i do move home.

Interesting story on the dreamland lights. They should find a use for them, or the space, did Emin want to put a neon sign up on the seafront not so long ago?

1:48 PM  
Blogger Artyblartfast said...

Glad to hear it.
Yes the Turner crew wanted to have a temporary neon piece by our Trace on the outside of the Droit House, which is their mini-gallery until the Centre is built, which was going to say "Margate I love you". Just the kind of publicity generating piece we really need. However it was denied planning permission by the council.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Snailspace said...

I wonder If they will grant planning permission for the wheel

9:38 PM  

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