Research musings: a direction presents itself…

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Having created a number of visual pieces in recent months, many of which have been in response to, or using Jackson Pollocks later ‘pour’ paintings as a theme (see previous blog posts) I have been unsure as to the positioning of these pieces within a wider narrative of my current research concerns. Indeed, up to a point I have been unconcerned as to their apparent lack of conceptual context as primarily, they have acted as an outlet through which I have been able to tentatively feel my way back into some sort of a studio practice. Continue reading

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Basquiat: Boom for Real

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Having recently visited the current Jean Michael Basquiat exhibition at the Barbican, London, I have written up a number of observations and reflections I had during my visit. The following piece expands upon many of these observations and reflections.

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Research Observations: improvisation

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Research Observations:

Below are a series of observations obtained during the recent collaboration on ‘The Landscape Scrambler’ project. Some are more closely associated with the nature of this particular project itself, whilst others, I hope, are more general observations upon the nature of improvisation. Continue reading

The Landscape Scrambler

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I have recently returned from China on my latest visit, where, amongst other things I completed another project with longtime collaborator the Three Legged Bird (a collaborative platform for experimental animation and film making) I have worked with the Three Legged Bird on a number of projects now, the most recent entitled ‘The Landscape Scrambler’. Continue reading

Research Observations: the power of the post-it

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  • We have to destroy in order to create.
    Birth and destruction are a part of life. In order to create we must first destroy.
    So often when trying to resolve a painting we must destroy the very element we like most about the piece.  In search of resolving a painting, one re-works and re-works the entire piece with the exception of our favourite part, resulting in an uneven composition. When our hand is forced to re-work our favourite element it is staggering just how quickly a piece can come together.
  • “We execute a skill best in the place wherein it was developed”.
    I read this quote a number of days ago and have found it never far from my consciousness ever since. Creeping back into my thoughts whenever I have an idle few moments.

    Environment

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    The context of the quote was discussing the associations formed between environment and the process of education. However upon reading it, I was transported back to an old studio I inhabited a number of years ago. I recall after reflecting on the paintings I’d created in the studio, I observed the pieces were immediate products of their environment, and possessed a’dialogue’ with the environment in which they were created. So much so, that to exhibit them out of their original context would mean loosing much of their meaning and relevance. For creatives especially, the environment one resides / creates in (both physically and mentally), is of paramount importance. It not only has the ability to enhance what we do, through the likes of ambient music for example, but also feed into and grow our chosen practice or discipline.
  • The power of the post-it.
    The sheer impact that a daily and weekly to-do list scrawled upon the humble post-it can have upon ones life is simply breathtaking.