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)”.
In belated homage to Phillip Guston on his birthday, (27/6/1913) here is my piece from 2017, inspired by his zen Buddhist inspired ink work. On the nature of painting in the studio, Guston said; “when you’re in the studio painting, there are a lot of people in there with you – your teachers, friends, painters from history, critics… and one by one if you’re really painting, they walk out. And if you’re really painting YOU walk out”
I have recently spent a day in the studio collaborating with friend and fellow painter Tom Voyce. We spent the day discussing and exploring new ideas and potential future projects… Watch this space for more details! Continue reading
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.
A few notes for a productive, creative and fulfilling 2018. Some denote activities to be built into an everyday routine, others refer to more pressing tasks for the coming weeks. I will add to this list as and when more notes and observations come to mind… Continue reading
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
The following pieces are from a body of work I began to explore and develop whilst on my most recent trip to China. The origins of the work stem from a number of lessons I taught, directed at exploring tone. Continue reading
Notes and general cognitive ramblings from a recent meeting.
Jackson Pollock on accident and intention: “Its not accident if you respond”. Continue reading
Extracts from the blue studio notebook 2017
Pieces intend to explore & further investigate the process and application of paint of Pollock’s late pour techniques.