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.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

layers - testing

Testing prints on A4 tracing paper and clear film before doing some larger drawings. In particular I want to finally print 'hold' - a 2 piece drawing intended to be layered one on top of the other.
expected outcome of layered 'hold' 1016 x 1372 mm
 I'm also hopefully going to find out in the next month or two whether it is possible to laser etch it onto both sides of a large acrylic sheet (a continuation of my shadow drawings which I first did in 2002 but which were hand-etched).

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

May 2014

Hybrid Fade Drawing - in progress (digital & ballpoint pen, pencil). 

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Moving forward...

2013 was a bit of a weird one - lots of moving, sorting out, de-cluttering, earning a living - and nowhere near enough time in my studio. Above is the progress made on my large (102 x 137 cm) drawings in the last 14 months - not enough, but more than I thought. Having finally moved house (and studios twice) I can finally look forward to some proper drawing time.