Thursday, 23 March 2017

3Disthefutureweshouldgetone


This week has seen me be a small part of the organisation that is Open College of the Arts - tutorials with students from around the world. The experience of connecting around the globe is fairly awesome/humbling and at the same time very efficient. I'm in a book! - there's an image and mention in the latest publication that covers The International Contemporary Book Fair - Pages - Future Potentials / Future Legacies. http://www.leedsartbookfair.com/pages-reviewed-collections-revisited/  it's a great photo by Chris Taylor and an interesting overview of the paperscissorsbook exhibition by Karen Babayan. I've been selling a few items of work recently so have been updating my site http://les-recent-work.blogspot.co.uk/ I've also delivered some work to the wonderful bookartbookshop http://www.bookartbookshop.com/ if you are in Hoxton I recommend dropping in - you never know what you might find. Today culminated in a glorious visit to D2W (I don't know if you know but 3D printing is the future)! Jonathan has a great take on this technology. I also got to see a number of exhibitions which were all inspirational - White Cube at Mason's Yard - Fred Tomaselli is stunning - the psychotic doodling is a futuristic version of Tom Philips at work, makes you think!!! The supreme rifts…a measured propinquity with work by Sol Lewitt, Gabriel Orozco, Gerhard Richter, Ettore Spalletti and Niele Toroni at Marian Goodman Gallery is stunning. The Richter structure is very special and his line piece feels like it is physically changing you. At Carroll / Fletcher the film piece by Wood and Harrison Semi Automatic Painting Machine in the basement is excellent - serious fun... obviously Eva and Franco Mattes are awesome but Michael Joaquin Grey's Citroid System Play Room  has some exciting elements. The whole show is a winner -  Looking at one thing and thinking of something else. An Exhibition in Four Parts - Part Four: Disrupt / Disorder / Display

Monday, 20 March 2017

netflixiskingin3D

work for https://unfoldingthinking.blogspot.co.uk/ continues. Looking forward to a visit to D2W this week with students from Textile Design at NUA. I've been working with 3D printing myself so it will be great to show the students the potential of 3D printing. I intend to get to White Cube http://whitecube.com/exhibitions/fred_tomaselli_masons_yard_2017/ Marian Goodman WWW.MARIANGOODMAN.COM and Carroll / Fletcher http://www.carrollfletcher.com/exhibitions/62/overview/ recently I've been moving through Netflix sets.....the oa is truly traumatic and the last episode takes the viewer to a very dark place when the realisation of what you have been watching is made plain....or is it? https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/dec/17/the-oa-review-netflix
my crazy ex girlfriend https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Ex-Girlfriend_(TV_series)  is bonkers - I love it when the narrative is broken up by the singing and dancing which is itself subverting the very idea of the musical - the lyrics are sharp and acerbic there are so many good ones - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFUk79fBOiQ  or try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ky-BYK-f154 onto films - Patriots Day, the second in the series by director Peter Berg of films driven by actual events - this one makes you proud to be a Bostonian, hang on I'm not!! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4572514/?ref_=nv_sr_1 the edge of 17 is a screwball-sweet coming of age moment - very nice http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1878870/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Thursday, 16 March 2017

dontxxxdoit

interchange at Norwich University of the Arts is two days of inter-course-experience for year 2 students across all courses. I ran an experimental book making workshop for 8 students - some interesting conversations and work ensued, it would be interesting to see what would emerge if art schools and universities adopted this model every day.
the fantasy portfolio session at NUA was interesting, getting them to think about whats next https://www.slideshare.net/l.bicknell/fantasy-portfolio
looking forward to seeing snap an exhibition and night of performances by year 2 Fine Art Chelsea at Longfield Hall in Knatchbull Road, London, this Friday. https://www.facebook.com/events/1895324857378988/  unsure why I watched XXX - don't, add Taken3 to the list but Hologram for the King is a wonderful jaunt http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2980210/?ref_=rvi_tt with Tom taking us on an emotional yet fun trip.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

arteatshopartmerch

Another fantastic day of teaching on the Book Art Course at Camberwell - The Review - basically it's a 4 hour conversation about art that focuses around new pieces made by the students on the course - a mid-term session to support and direct practice. went to see the extraordinary dance piece Stepmother / Stepfather by Arthur Pita & Headspacedance at The Place - highly recommend it if you like your dance big on narrative with a large dose of the macabre. And we need defiantly need more live rewinding of time on stages! http://www.theplace.org.uk/performances The Tillmans at Tate Modern is stunning in its curatorial display - the idea of generating an archive by looking out and then mining it to enable looking inward - the work about process which then become about ideas are beautiful and then disturbing. http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/wolfgang-tillmans-2017  Gavin Turk at Newport St Gallery is full of 'yes I get it ' and the space is wonderfully showy - all good. Hockney at the Tate...... was Hockney at the Tate and finally went into Chelsea College to see the A217 gallery - organised partly by  http://www.isthisitisthisit.com/ it has a show confronting the internet at the moment - worth a visit to see new stuff before anywhere else. https://www.a217gallery.com/i-miss-you-blockbuster

lostinglasgow

A weekend in Glasgow - some friends, some drinking and some eating but also some seeing - A night of Scratch performance as part of Take me somewhere festival was a range of experiences - editing, try it - is always advice in these circumstances but I am left with a woman covered in hair, the strong smell of weed, breast feeding, a talking cloud, doppler sound, glitter, visual sound bites, ironic hipness and the best face painting ever. The Hunterian - http://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/ all good. CCA was all inclusive and active art participation stuff but my experience there mainly focused around trying to buy a coffee and getting into the argument of how to do it with the person serving - went away deluded around the roles of customer/server. The documentary films by John Samson at The Gallery of Modern Art were excellent - wonderfully, charming and yet painfully, gloriously dated - showing a time of grime and a tarnished past - the subject matter - tattoos, steam engines, fetish wear and Eric Bristow - whats not to like. seek them out. http://five-minutes.ru/video/4510755/eric-bristow-arrows-1979-john-samson Transmission the space of song lyrics has a queer Caribbean show - great use of balloons and text. The Modern Institute is a beautiful space, if felt modelled on New York loft spaces but that could be to do with its location and the busy disengagement atmosphere of the people working there. https://www.themoderninstitute.com/ Tramway http://www.tramway.org/Pages/home.aspx  had a hauntingly melancholic film by Oliver Laric - http://oliverlaric.com/  it just makes me want to weep. Initially the work of Claire Barclay is stunning but the more time spent the more one starts to unpick some choices and eventually one is left looking at the space and surfaces of the materials used.  St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art overlooked by the creepy necropolis is a great find - so many inspiring pieces crammed together to form a kind of knick nack soup of religiousness. Glasgow - worth a visit.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

microbooksarego

of average sunlight opens tonight - the micro show (in a good way) looks great http://www.kingsgateworkshops.org.uk/single-post/2017/02/17/Also-up-next-millimetre02-of-average-sunlight-BookMare-II making work within such tight restrictions was liberating.


moonlight http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4975722/ an extraordinarily beautifully painful film full of loss and possibilities - a must see. assassin creed http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2094766/ lots of jumping, leaping, dust and roof tops I think the best bits are back here rather than there.... a busy weekend coming up with a trip to Glasgow which includes a mass of galleries, food and the Take Me Somewhere festival of contemporary performance which takes place across Glasgow. 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

knowingandnotknowing

As part of my project at The Maxwell Centre in Cambridge I had quite a wonderful meeting with Dr Malcolm Longair which turned into something that happens quite rarely in my life - a meaningful, challenging, fruitful tutorial. Amongst many things the experience heightened my sense of responsibility around the language I use and caused me to reflect on the slippage of meaning available for and used by an artist but not a scientist.
I had a number of great interactions throughout the day and I feel it became a transit point. There are many stages or phases to a project. With this one I purposely set out within its structure to try and break from my conventions by embedding within it notions of not knowing as a route map. I feel it is now time to know.

meanwhile Hidden Figures http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4846340/ a little too shiny and Batman V Superman http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2975590/?ref_=nv_sr_5 unsure why I did that. The show at CraftCo in Southwold, made I helped create with year 3 students Textile Design from NUA is down. It's been a wonderful experience - with so much learning taking place along with making some money. Hope to return with another set of students next year.