Thursday, 21 August 2014

A Drawing of Nine Parts...

hybrid #2  (pre-pencil & ballpoint)
I am currently working on a drawing of 9 parts - it's strictly speaking 3 sets of triptychs but they are all linked. The first part is the three ballpoint pen on aluminium panels (finished end of 2011), the second the three digital drawings which will also be printed on floating aluminium panels (2012 - ?) and the third is 3 hybrids of digital /ballpoint pen and pencil (2014 - ?). My aim is to finish them in 2015 which may be a little optimistic but I need to concentrate on getting them done before I can move forward. There is often a little voice (sometimes a very loud voice) which urges me to do more, apply for more, work faster etc. but the reality is that I have to work at my own pace in the time I have available - so I will be spending all my studio time with a pencil or pen in my hand for the foreseeable future.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Bundle of Sticks Exhibition





Great opening last night of the exhibition. On until the end of August, Thurs - Sat 12 - 5 in Building 6, Spode Works, Stoke on Trent ST4 1QD

Monday, 28 July 2014

Billboards in Times Square

I participated in a recent see.me event when hundreds of art works from all over the world were shown on billboards in Times Square on July 24th. Photos from the event can be seen here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.820442821313870.1073741896.111327998892026&type=1.
I have been checking but it could take some time to try to find my work as there are over 700 photos and the images are pretty small - but I think I've spotted one above. It looks like it was a fantastic event and makes me really want to go back to New York. I haven't been since my show at The Drawing Center in 2008 - need to start saving!.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

A Drawing 'To Do' List..

Finally, after moving 5 months ago I am getting to grips with my new studio. I treated myself to some new bulldog clips today (little things...) so I could make a visual to do list. The above doesn't include the large digital (and the big hybrid drawing is leaning against the opposite wall) but it does help me to clearly see what I need to get on with. The scale of the works also help me to plan time - smaller stuff if I've only got a few hours/ larger if I've got the luxury of all day and this (again) makes me think about how audience encounter can be structured, viewing can have an imposed rhythm. I purposely don't frame most of the time - but some of my smaller ones I've been using black box frames (a kind of staccato effect?)....

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Building 6, Spode Works, Stoke on Trent

A small peek of Building 6 where the exhibition 'Bundle of Sticks' will take place. The P.V. is on Friday, August 1st 2014, 6-8 p.m. if you want to see it for yourself. I dropped my work off today and saw it for the first time - it is a really beautiful space and I can't wait to see the exhibition installed.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Bundle of Sticks Exhibition

I am participating in an exhibition - Bundle of Sticks - in an old Spode factory in Stoke on Tent during August. Other artists involved are Rachel Wilberforce, Ondre Nowakowski, Aylwin Greenwood-Lambert and Jo Clements.
The curator Lauren Cookson contacted me just after I had watched a youtube video about Derby Infirmary. An urban explorer had been filming the now abandoned building and in turn this led me to other videos of disused, empty buildings. One of the things I have been thinking about for a while is 'surface' and seeing these videos had set me off on a thought process about how walls, floors etc. hold layered traces of presence. These thoughts are still unresolved and very tenuous but persistent enough to be something I am sure will surface (no pun intended :)) in my future work. The exhibition is taking place in the old Spode Factory in Stoke on Trent and so I am very excited about seeing the space in the flesh and interested in where it may lead.