Friday, 29 January 2010
Some discarded objects of unregarded beauty.
All these things have accompanied someone during a brief moment of their life, been part of a fleeting sensation of pleasure, and beyond that are a link to a whole personal world of experiences, thoughts and emotions.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Experiments in my studio with silkscreen on paper
But I began to stall a bit. For several weeks I could not get to my studio. But the weather is better now and I can. It is a relief to experiment with materials as well as study ideas. I need the ideas to progress mentally, but the making is equally if not more important.
Yesterday I visited the print studio in Edinburgh again, first time since before Christmas, and it was a breath of air to be in that excellent and supportive atmosphere.
Monday, 25 January 2010
I am focussing on the coming year and on the kind of work I would like to make. It is not predictable, but I like to feel anyway that my work is informed by ideas and by the experience of other artists. I am looking again at the writings and drawings of Bernard Tschumi, the Swiss architect, made for his theoretical projects in the 1980s. He was exploring the idea that, rather than being a static entity, architectural space is enlivened and given meaning by human events and movements, and he includes these notations in his drawings. Later he built according to these principles.
Bernard Tschumi Drawing for Manhattan Transcripts 4 (detail)
Sunday, 10 January 2010
Today weather is warmer and pavements and roads are clear, praise be to God. I went to the Apple centre in Glasgow because I wanted to learn better how to use my new iPod. Which I did. I was sorry to see the wonderful Borders bookstore in Buchanan Street now closed. Victim of the credit crunch. I have so much enjoyed visiting that huge opulent shop with its fabulous magazine collection and great range of books and music.
I am reading The Diary of Samuel Pepys. It is his private diary, originally written in shorthand during the 1660s in London, but is as fresh as if written yesterday, and particularly poignant to those who are familiar with London. Imagine nightingales in Woolwich and wild carnations in Vauxhall. But the cut-throat politics of Whitehall remain the same as ever, as we have witnessed this week. The Diary is also fascinating seen as a model blog, though I would be wary of being quite so honest in what is essentially a public document.
Yesterday I sent off my application to a printmaking exhibition in May.
Thursday, 7 January 2010
"Winter 2010" Screenprint on paper 31 x 24 cm Dec 2009
Because of the method used, and because each print is different, they are more like drawings than prints.
Sunday, 3 January 2010
It is SOOO cold here tonight. I walked to nearby town this afternoon, and underfoot was solid ice often a few centimetres thick. I am wearing several layers of thermal clothing indoors and am only just warm enough. I feed the wild birds two or three times a day and make sure they have fresh water. Thank goodness we have a wood-burning stove and plenty of fuel!
Saturday, 2 January 2010
Thomas Nozkowski at Venice Biennale 2007
I was away before Christmas - in London again and visiting relatives. While I was away there was a big snowfall here in Scotland. I have now been back almost a week and have so far been unable to get my car from the driveway.
Lots of walking through ice and snow to get necessary shopping. But it is also a chance to catch up with research and studio work. I enjoy this time of year because of the quiet atmosphere. Most people are off work and it feels more acceptable just to be at home and relax.
So I am looking through papers, and found records of a trip to Venice Biennale in November 2007. This is the chance to go through my photos and notes and recollect what I saw there . This will take some time, as I keep stopping to check out the artists on the internet! There is so much information on you tube and through interviews. Thomas Nozkowski, whose work I remember very well from the Biennale, commented in an interview that he always deliberately works small in order that his paintings fit into domestic interiors rather than in large institutions.. I have never heard an artist explicitly saying that before.
Today I have also packed up some work for an exhibition in Yorkshire which starts mid-January. On Monday I can walk down to the post office! This walking, often 1 or 2 miles a day, is relaxing and is getting me fit.