Monday, 30 June 2014

Found text

Take a personal place stick on sticker album or stage.
Choose any kind of adornment you like it and stick on personage.
Re-adhere any kind of accorted item or ornament.
Remove & re-adhere are possible



Wednesday, 25 June 2014

transcribing lists

I have transcribed some of my collected lists and found ephemera.
An interesting exercise that I think produces something more akin to concrete poetry than spoken word.


A LINK TO THE PDF DOCUMENT

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Text Festival, my encounter

Currently the Text Festival is on at Bury Art Gallery and Museum
This post is a little delayed...I went to the opening night and the events on Saturday.
A bit of an adventure really - up to Lancaster by train. Then down to Bury by car via 20 mile detour. Then Saturday's journey by train and bus. I do not do these things lightly - health and UV have to be considered [an annoying condition of photosensitivity leaves me often looking like a bandit]

So words being one of my favourite materials to work with I have created a document combining things over heard and observed on the journey and in the gallery - these then include written and spoken word pieces by other artists.

A LINK TO THE DOCUMENT
within the document there are many more links to artists mentioned - there are some pictures too.

The spoken word version - of course no pictures except of the wonderful tactile text invite

 

the bit I left out:
green on grey
grey on green
green against grey
green grey verge road trees sky

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

what is craft aesthetic?

I was reading an old copy of Oh Comely [issue nine] and came across an interview Liam Stevens who draws. A LINK to a PDF of the page. Quite near the beginning he says:
"I like to keep things from looking too slick, and try to retain a craft aesthetic"

What is all this about? Craft has an unfinished look? A raw look? Might it actually mean a DIY or amateur or untrained or outsider or naive or untrained or something or other aesthetic... this seems to go hand in hand with the thrift aesthetic [which of course is not about thrift but about looking like thrift].

Perhaps it is uncharitable or churlish to pick up on this but I just thought about all the skilled craft people I know [and don;t know] and their striving with materials and it jarred.

The craft of drawing is an ongoing practice, a skill.

Craft:
noun
1. an activity involving SKILL in making things by hand
2. skill used in deceiving others

verb
1. exercise skill in making [an object], typically by hand

Thursday, 1 May 2014

a new series - not sure where it's going. undone : new potential?

inside

book

train spotting

train spotting



I'd like to mention an art project "Singing the Line into Existence" by Joanna Bond - an artist led, creative contribution to the campaign to re-open the Carmarthen-Aberystwyth railway line in west Wales, UK.