Friday, 28 March 2014
The decisive marks made try to capture the moment of decision and evidence reality; reality grounded in the way our minds' choose particular realities we live by - based on a past that is remembered and the choices we have made which have led to our present moment we are living.
For me painting evidences many realities which are competing for a position of authority and the artist has to make judgements to reign in the authoritative position of the mark and colour, seeking an aesthetic balance between all the marks and results of the decision processes.
This has led me to the process of abstraction in making, drawing inspiration from the natural world and seeking syntheses between the reality of the observed and the reality of imagination. We could say, possibly, that everything we see and experience is nothing more than our imagination and it is us, in our denial, who creates a false reality based upon the needs and desires of our inner-self. Of course this can lead to such problems in our personal reality. In this case we must get to know ourselves and not rely upon others' ideas of ourselves to construct our reality.
We are the result of experiential realities, therefore we as a species need to become fully aware of our contribution to society and the world through the interactions we have.
For me the abstract is the only true reality and therefore one must submit to the abstractness of reality and see the world for what it is... abstract information which is used by our ideologies to construct a linear reality grounded in desire.
Sunday, 16 March 2014
Friday, 28 February 2014
It has been a very busy two weeks since last I wrote - Firstly I'd like to apologise for the time it has taken me to upload this text as promised - The time has flown so quickly whilst here. When having fun the time moves quickly. Three weeks in and I have been busy creating many sketches and writings, formulating ideas and bringing together research that I have done so far. I have been learning Spanish and slowly it is sticking - I feel a little part of my mind creating a special area and finally can start to see how the words fit together and how the grammar works. It takes a while but once you see how it fits together then it sticks in the mind. It is exciting when things begin to click... practica makes perfecto.
I have been visiting many museums and galleries in and around Malaga and soon I will be travelling further a field to explore Sevilla, Cordoba, Cadiz and more to finalise research on La Historica de Espana for the intended murales (mural).
I hope to begin the actual piece from Lunes 10th March - at which point I will be in the room most days from the afternoon through until the late evening. I am itching to make a start - but I need to research a little more the region of Andalusia and its history/ mythology to form into the images that I proposed to produce.
Currently I have been taking lots of photos, although I do not rely on photography to create my work - mainly I use my sketches and memory - drawing and painting the variety of objects and observations I have made so far.
One of the problems with drawing though is not keeping up with the rest of the group and in this case I managed to lose the group on a few occasions and towards the end of the visit too - which was embarrassing to say the least - although it all worked out okay in the end, but it was still an event I do not wish to repeat again. The moral? Draw fast without looking at the paper, bring spare batteries for the camera and stick with the group. ;D
The Alhambra is amazing and no words can really describe the experience of standing before such a great piece of work. The intricately designed and constructed geometric designs are simply breathtaking using Nasrid Proportion. The amount of work and time put into the majesty of the palace is overwhelming and begs for several visits to absorb everything. Even so, with the reality that all of the work was made by the hands of people and not machines is something I am sure is not possible today, due to the loss of skills and/ or the cost involved in producing something on this scale.
Sunday, 3 November 2013
I was asked recently by Andreas Efstathiou to supply some paintings for an exhibition he was curating with his work, Stass Paraskos' and others at the Cornaro Institute, Larnaka.
Thinking about which ones to put in I decided upon one that I did in the first week of arriving in Lempa and one from later on.
The first is a portrait of a man playing backgammon in Paphos. This was worked from a sketch I did in my sketchbook and memory; the second is from the still life observations I am doing from local rock. The formal portraits is a way of creating a portraiture of the Cypriot community, and the rock paintings is my exploration with the environment and erosion.
I have been drawn to the idea of erosion and its link as a symbolic signifier for the state of the Cypriot economic problems, as well as its history.
The portraits are linked in the way the Cypriot people socialise and play backgammon, building and strengthening social bonds and an underlying theme concerning the Greek Orthodox Icon, considered in this religion as the real seen through a window or wormhole into the spiritual reality, and not just an image representing the particular Saint. There is also an element of the Prometheus mythology that I have been drawn to and a relation to the Kafka poem of the same name - particularly the Second Aspect.
These paintings have been framed using reclaimed pallet wood and stained with serpentinite rock powder, which is made from filing the rock and then using turpentine as a carrier and olive oil as a binder. Being here forced me to change the way I work, for the better, and there has developed an emphasis on using found objects and local natural materials which have been discarded and is becoming more prevalent in some way in my work. This seems to have a symbolic reference to the economic downturn and our contemporary lifestyle, as we need to shift from the throw away culture to one of reusing and reforming objects, through using skills and techniques to make do and mend, making stuff. Maybe there is a way through our era by creating a skills based system of exchange rather than one based on the exchange of paper and metal that only serves bankers? (See South West Dorset Lets)
There is something going on with my current practice and an interesting thread seems to be developing from these various explorations I am making at this time. More on this as I reflect and become more aware of this underlying thread.
Friday, 20 September 2013
Here are some paintings I have been doing over the last few weeks . These are studies from rocks taken from the landscape of Cyprus. I have been looking closely, creating a representation from the limestone, sandstone, and serpentinite. These take on an abstract quality which is also reminding me of cave paintings and how the artist in those days used the natural marks and features in the rock to create the imagery of animals and people. I am not quite sure where this is heading, but I am interested in the way the weather erodes the rock and stone work from the landscape and buildings around cyprus and I am becoming interested in ideas associated with entropy.