Discipline

I must confess that this blog only existed in various notebooks, scraps of paper and iPad files until this week.  I wish I had started to use WordPress sooner, it works, and working promotes usage.  Things might have been a lot easier if CAGD wasn’t so unusable.

I hate writing blogs, it doesn’t come naturally to me and time bound tasks are always problematic.  That said revisiting all my notes from this year was a very useful exercise and has clarified some things for me.

Im not inclined to share what those things are but I feel that I am in a better position going forward into the next academic year than I anticipated I would be just a month ago.

Providing I don’t starve or get evicted before then.  I have now got five and a bit months to survive with no income.  I have got to get a job but I don’t have much confidence.  Narcoleptic?  What’s that?  Bye!

I have to develop greater discipline and blogging is that I suppose.

Tapestry

I am really pleased with my offering, it was received well but with a lot of bemusement.  The tree ended up staying in plastic wrap for half the evening and was stronger for it I think.

I had to make a hole in the poly to retrieve the lighting cables and the sight of just a few baubles hanging through it was delicious somehow.  Took advice from Rory to leave it so.

The installation consisted of the Christmas tree as a unit of time, an oil painting representing long time scales/artisan, and some collages of automatic prints to represent the instant/mechanical.

I hope I gave folk a jolt by being so unseasonal at least.

Danielle sold work this week.  It was only a matter of time.

I really enjoyed Charlotte’s piece in the loo.  Most novel use of pipe cleaners that I have ever seen.

Sam and Jacob abstained from contributing and I’m not sure how I feel about it.  I get there reasoning I think but a show is a show and it requires all hands.  A few people showed large pieces and were nowhere when it came to shifting everything.

Gary provided a powerful sound backdrop.

I get why folk make so much video art now.  A screen in a room guarantees interest and an audience.  Such is our conditioning.

Michaela’s placards were a helpful device I thought.  A way of engaging a crowd.  Someone did something similar last April at St George’s hall tunnels but they were static there.  Not the same.

It was a lot of faffing for two hours, but then so is light night so I guess it is representative.  We should be doing this more often under our own steam if necessary.

 

Art Jam @ bombed out church up for the summer

Bomdy is up and running.  Did two weeks so far and took lead in producing art on site during the meet.  I have thus far only taken pastels to work with as they are quick and cover a lot of ground easily.

Weather hasn’t been great but the open mic attracts a lot of folk.  Danielle and Rhian have both been down and created stuff.  It gives the poetry crowd another narrative to enjoy.

Had offers to buy work but am keeping the outcomes for a series.  Stupidly offered to help keep the grounds, like I have time!

Playing at Pete’s

Spinning strobe vids on dropbox

These videos were all recorded at Pete’s.  I am essentially playing with his artworks.  We used carbon rods to create a spinning frame with mechano and attached his small canvasses to it.  There was just space to fix a torch inside and these videos show me spinning the various constructions with a strobe light setting.

I am focussed on timeframes and units of time at present and the strobe light gives an ilustration of how I view time as a series of static moments between which we extrapolate a sense of happening and action from comparing the sum and difference of two consecutive moments.

The spinning too is playing with time in the other direction, the image blurs into what presents as continuous time: not a moment at all.  This is in opposition to the strobe but weaker than it.

The strange ethereal light on the ceiling was the reflection from acetate film.

Cross-year crit

I decided to challenge myself to create something from scratch in a short time frame.  I think it is good practice and I’m interested in what qualities are characteristic of short/fast working methods.  Took a walk around pound land and exited with three hanging basket liners.  I am the blue peter generation.  Two of them very quickly evolved into what looked like the egg sack of a spider, covered in white fleece.  So then came the spider.  I cobbled it together very quickly but was careful about getting the legs right.  Legs are the scary parts and I wanted to use my spider to set up a debate.  On one hand folk hate spiders (unfairly) but on the other folk applaud good parenting.  I thought it would work well but it was a tad too subtle to work.  Turns out no one but me and Neil knew what an egg sack was.  Pitching work is the hardest part I think.  I don’t want to be elitist or niche, but I also don’t want to dumb down.

Working fast invites poor quality but captures an idea dynamically and some of this dynamism carries through to the aesthetic.  Like confident lines when drawing.

Cabinet Collective @ The Bridewell Gallery

We had a good evening at the Bridewell gallery.  Quite a good showing actually.  I did work with Pete in the end, more as an art director than artist.  I used his laminated works to create an installation highlighting the astonishing figure of 200,000,000 women and girls living today with the after effects of female genital mutilation.

Eveyone has been talking about feminism incessantly of late and I am so glad of it.  FGM provides a measure to the problem which Feminism faces.  In terms of the number of victims but also emotively due to the extreme disregard for human rights.  It epitomises the disparity between East and West in relation to female autonomy.

I thought I could use salt to give a visual representation of 200,000,000 but it turned out I would have needed a whole truck full to have that many grains.   I don’t think anyone even read the copy in the piece anyway.  It is hard to get folk to engage.  Eh?  Maybe this explains the rise in decorative art,  folk need seducing nowadays.  Eye candy…

I was disappointed with the outcome and will do something on my own next time.

Gary’s installation was terrific, very hypnotic.  Odd to see a tent within a cell.  The altered voices were very effective.

Rhians’s palette for the two paintings she put in was gorgeous,  Mexican or sherbet.  Loved how she used the buildings windows to frame them.

Danielle’s clowns look amazing, I want the sailor.  The metal frames she has housed them in look like they have cannons coming out of the wall.  Lots of interest in them.

Beth set up an installation with a sun lounger under a large aerial, both in bare metal, she then covered the scene in feathers.  She was exploring contrast in material.  The aesthetic was pure Brat Pack 2nd gen.  Pretty in Pink or something.  Lovely.

Catrin’s piece was my favourite, I fell asleep to it and was mistaken for a homeless dude again.  Lovely sounds.

OMG the cake!  Louise can bake!!!

With hindsight and having seen the evening play out I would do things very differently at the Bridewell.  Folk have already said we’ll do another in the summer.