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.


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.