“For years I said if I could only find a comfortable chair I would rival Mozart.”
“A composer who hears sound will try to find a notation for sounds. One who has ideas will find one that expresses his ideas, leaving their interpretation free, in confidence that his ideas have been accurately and concisely notated.”
In homage to one of my biggest inspirations, John Cage on what would have been his 106th birthday (yesterday) here is one of my pieces from 2016 replicating his indeterminate processes from his Ryoanji series of prints. On art, Cage said; “Art is a way of life. It is for all the world like taking a bus, picking flowers, making love, sweeping the floor, getting bitten by a monkey, reading a book, etc…Art is not separate from life (nor is dish-washing when it is done in this spirit)”.
Some thoughts, reflections and observations from todays research meeting.
- Importance of writing about the work as it is being created: tests whether one thoroughly understands the implications of what they’re doing, whilst clarifying and recording the processes by which it is done.
– Keep a diary open at all times so as recording observation and reflection become a continuous process.
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
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.
“The great benefit of computer sequencers is that they remove the issue of skill, and replace it with the issue of judgement.”
Observation and reflection:
One cannot over emphasise the importance of reflection upon creative practice. Like any muscle or skill, its important we take time to practice our skills of critical analysis and reflection, observation, and evaluation. Continue reading
For a long time now I have identified in myself a predisposition to get easily sidetracked and distracted, a penchant perhaps to intellectually ‘wonder off’. A habit I have long since been aware of, and indeed referenced numerous times in new year resolutions, (see my Continue reading
“Improvisation is the sap through which music renews and invigorates itself.”