|Mat Collishaw, Ryan Gander.|
Today was a lesson in ultimate distraction. The website I've been working on for the last three months was launched today and because it's part of this bigger, brilliant unwieldy beast of a project that brings together five of London's best galleries and because it's been funded and supported by Louis Vuitton this was anything but a soft launch. Unless a soft launch involves a shipping container and pop up art workshop in the north-east corner of Covent Garden Piazza?
Didn't think so.
There was a press launch in the morning, inside the shipping container, with the walls lined with REcreative t-shirts re-invisioned by a coterie of famous artists including Sam Taylor-Wood, Fiona Banner, Mat Collishaw, Michael Landy and Michael Craig-Martin. Throw in hoards of young people, some stencils, fabric glue and glitter and you have yourself one very exhausting, very rewarding day. Staff lunch at Wahaca definitely helped - a margarita would have been more than medicinal at this stage but by the time the day ended and Appropriate Margarita Hour arrived I was beyond drinking and ready only for the sofa and some Peter Andre reality TV badness...
Anyway. It was a sour end to an otherwise good but long day and now I just feel a bit flat - post-adrenaline of the last few weeks, post-phone call from home and in need of a solid night of sleep.