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.


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.

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.

Hill St combed items

So I have had a couple of boxes of detritus under my desk for six months now, waiting to become work but I can’t get what I want from it.  I displayed it all once at a cross-year crit last year but was dissatisfied with the outcome.  Neil suggested that I fix items to a board as an assemblage which I have tried but didn’t like anymore.  I am beginning to think that I have gotten all I’m gonna get from these items.  I do have the phallus I carved from aluminium smelted in fires on the wasteground there.  Not given up on the rest of it but probably will do if I don’t use it by year end.  We’ll see.


Pete is churning out a lot of work.  Currently he has a thing for laminating acrylic paint and inks, to stunning effect too.  Because the roller extrudes the paint in one direction they emerge from the roller mimicking eastern women in headdresses and veils.  I think they would loan themselves brilliantly to a feminist focussed installation.  Will discuss with him if we wants to use them at Bridewell.  I had a go at the process but none of my efforts seemed organic much less human.  A lot of what Pete does gets belittled or written of as automatic, but evidently he is exercising more skill and influence than one might first recognise.