Dialogues: marrying words and images in the Hot Springs Park

Dialogues, marrying words and images, is the 14th exhibition in the Saint-Gervais Thermal Park in Le Fayet, commissioned by Kaviiik. The artists are Alain Bar, Lenny Boha, Iatmul Cepik, Olga Ciparo, Clarisse Coudere, Guy Ferrer, Gerard Guyomard, Kaviiik, Peter Klasen, Jean Le Gac, Vera Linos, Eric Liot, Germe Marck, Michel Pinier, J-P Plundr, Simon Sonn, Denis Vidalie, Tara Zagour. Photos by Alan McCluskey (2019-07-24). Click on any photo to access the full gallery.

2KM3 – Art in a car park

In 2017, Saint-Gervais, at the foot of the Mont Blanc, invited 11 internationally renowned artists to create artwork for an eleven-storey carpark in the centre of town. The collection was commissioned by Hugues Chevallier. The following photo gallery (photos by Alan McCluskey – July 2019) gives a taste of their work. In 2018, the exhibition was extended by Frederick Battle who commissioned works by eight artists for more intimate spaces such as the swimming pool, the wall of the postoffice, the cablecar stations,… The eleven artists who took part in painting the carpark were: Elian Chali, Etienne de Fleurieu, Felipe Pantone, Jaw, Roids, SatOne, Sobekcis, Sten & Lex, Swiz, Zoer, Velvet.

Click on any of the thumbnails to access the full gallery.

2KM3, or 2,000 m3, the volume the artists had to work with.

La grève des femmes 2019 – Women’s Strike 2019

Fontaine du Pré Brenier

A small group of women from Saint-Blaise got together to mark the 2019 Women’s Strike in the village on June 14th. They decorated the many fountains, a symbolic choice seeing that it was the women who would have used those fountains to fetch water and to wash clothes and vegetables. The fountains were a place where women would talk together, free from men, who would not go there. Click on any of the photos to visit the gallery.

Un petit groupe de femmes de Saint-Blaise se sont réunies lors de la Grève des Femmes 2019 le 14 juin pour décorer les fontaines du village. Elles n’auraient pas pu choisir un lieu plus symbolique. Les femme allaient aux fontaines chercher de l’eau ou laver des vêtements ou des légumes. Les fontaines étaient des lieux ou les femmes pouvaient discuter sans être embêter par les hommes qui n’y allaient pas. Cliquer sur une des photos pour visiter la galerie.

Neuchatel Clock Faces

This year the pedestrian zone of Neuchatel is celebrating its forty years. As part of the festivities local artists have elaborated on a concept by Denis Roueche for human-sized clock faces entitled DingDong. Below are some of the clock faces placed at different points of the town. Click on any photo to browse the gallery.

Sculptures and photos by Huguette and Alan McCluskey

Sculptures and photos by Huguette and Alan McCluskey

Sculptures by Huguette McCluskey-Cavin and photos and novels by Alan McCluskey at the Atelier du Ruau, Saint-Blaise, CH. Opening: Friday, December 7th from 4 to 7 pm.

Above is the official poster for our forthcoming exhibition. Sculptures by Huguette McCluskey-Cavin and photos by Alan McCluskey. At the Atelier du Ruau, ruelle des Voûtes, Saint-Blaise. December 8, 9, 14, 15, 21, 22 from 4pm to 7pm. Opening Friday, December 7th from 4 to 7 pm.

Ironically the sculpture I chose for the poster has already been sold and I decided to exhibit quite a different set of photos from this photo from my ‘water’ collection.  You will be able to peruse and acquire those earlier photos although they will not be on the walls of the Atelier du Ruau. 

For a foretaste of my photos see The Breath of Angels.

For details of my novels see Alan McCluskey’s novels.

Protect Net Neutrality

Wednesday July 12th 2017 has been singled out in the States and elsewhere as a day of action in favour of Net Neutrality. If the Trump administration through the FCC reverses earlier decisions and gives the right to Internet access providers to pick and chose how they grant access to the Internet it opens the door to partitioning the Net between haves and have-nots, with ultra high-speed broadband services for the rich and pitifully slow Internet, if any access at all, for the poor and marginalised. In terms of content and content providers, it would give access providers the right to decide what is ‘acceptable’ and what is ‘unacceptable’, where acceptability may depend on the company’s commercial or political interests rather than any concern for the public good or for the underlying democratic nature of the Internet. To learn more about the question see (amongst many others);

Time for an exhibition

I gave the photo in the picture above to my wife as a Valentine’s present. I find it difficult to look at it without being moved. It’s a photo that tells stories. A lot of my photos are like that. They are not just would-be postcards that grip the world by their teeth and leave you no room to go beyond. They are open doors to stories. In line with my new novel, Stories People Tell, I am beginning to think of organising a new exhibition entitled Stories Photos Tell. Priority at the moment goes to finishing the novel which is reaching its climactic finale, but I have selected a number of possible photos…

New gallery: Re-definitions

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See the new gallery of illustrated definitions from the Re-définitions exhibition that took place late August – early September 2015 in the BLS railway station of Saint-Blaise, Switzerland. The idea was to rethink the definition of a number of lesser-known French words in the hope of sparking off the imagination. English translations are available.

Môtiers 2015

Olivier Estoppey, Sur la route d'Ornans

Click on the photo above to visit the new gallery about the open air art exhibition Môtiers 2015.  And see if you can figure out which works are by ‘real’ artists and which are imaginary.

The above work is by Olivier Estoppey, Sur la route d’Ornans.

Geneva Writers at Payot Rive Gauche

The evening's offering

Eleven authors from the Geneva Writers’ Group, all with recently published books, gave a public reading in the new English section of Payot Rive Gauche on Thursday April 9th 2015. To celebrate this well-attended event, some fifty photos have been published in the Secret Paths Geneva Writers’ Group gallery. Click to see all the photos and click individual photos to see a larger version.

English Books!

Here is a list of the authors and their books (in the order of reading):

  • Michelle Bailat-Jones, Fog Island Mountains
  • Carmen Bugan, On the Side of Forgetting
  • Peter St. John, Gang Warfare
  • Lesley Lawson Botez, Holding Out for a Hero
  • Massimo Marino, The Rise of the Phoenix
  • Patti Marxsen, Helene Schweitzer: A Life of Her Own
  • Alan McCluskey, In Search of Lost Girls
  • Daniela I. Morris, Collecting Feathers
  • Susan M. Tiberghien, Side by Side, Writing You Love Story, Footsteps, In Love with a French man
  • Leonie van Daalen-Röell, Go, Not Knowing Where
  • Roderick Vincent, The Cause

Susan and Xavier Huberson, head of the English section