Thursday, 16 April 2015

IF time passes


do they know something about time in Japan that we don't know about here?
This seems to allow the possibility of time not passing.

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.


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.

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.

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

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