Sunday, 19 April 2009

Londoninium - The Millenium City

Quick update of my trip with Helen to London. I had a really great time, and we visited a few galleries, and I was inspired by a few artists. Not bad for a few days work.

We visited the Royal Festival Hall, The hayward gallery, Hauser and Wirth, The White Cube, The Haunch of Venison, Victoria Miro, The Saatchi Gallery, and The Serpentine Gallery. there were some inspiring pieces, namely:
Annette Messager - Casino, and Articulated Disarticulated.
Edweard Muybridge - Animal Locomotion
Jorge Pardo -Untitled 2008
Yayoi Kusama - Gleaming lights of the souls (again!)
Laleh Khorramian - Eden 1st generation/Some comments on empty and full
I found alot of inspiration on this trip, and have a much bigger understanding of what I would like to achieve. I started with the idea of space and am now becoming interested with how to use the space and how we travel through it. How movement occupies space, how it effects us, and how I can control, manipulate or demonstrate it.
'To live is to leave traces' - Walter Benjamin

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Moving On

Well, my project is now called 'No one understands you' which i feel sums up where i would like this project to go. I would like to explore how we create our own realities using space and how we communicate. I feel like the exhibition Helen and I did gave me some focus, and we had a talk by Nick Hardy in one of our Monday meetings after which I was able to have a tutorial with him which I found very interesting. Although he deals with smaller models (where I suppose I prefer to work on a larger scale) he is interested in the same ideas as me. He spoke alot about the lighting in pictures and trying to recreate that, and he spoke about what could not been seen. This is something that I find fascinating, 'what cannot be seen', or more what cannot be perceived or conveyed. He showed us lots of his work and I visited his website, My favorite piece (pictured) was a small model of a room, that filled with gravel. It looks full scale at first, and it's such a claustrophobic video. Anyway, I'm working on space, words and communication and the inperceivable. I have been trying to write freeflow books, where i spend some time allowing the words to fall out of my head onto the page. This is not something I would usually try, but I did and I enjoyed it. The words have flowed unconsciously, but they have been created for some reason in my head in that order and rhythm. They will then be reinterpreted by the reader/listener. I thought I would forget the rhythm of the writing but it's still very strong when i read it back, so I may record it as a poem. The finished text reminded me of spoken word performances and was a quite poetic and I may use it in the Link exhibition Helen and I have planned for all the first years at the beginning of may. I feel it is a little to far off course or experimental for my assessment, but an idea complete enough to exhibit. However there is still over a month to go, and who knows what could happen in that time. I have bought a book called the poetics of space which was recommended to me by Nick Hardy, I'm just waiting for it to arrive. It is booked out forever in the Library! I hope this will give me further insight into my ideas, and the concepts of space/environment/communication ideas I wish to deal with.

I am still working on my exhibition a day, and the link gallery website which will hopefully be finished in the next few weeks. in the mean time i have set up a facebook group for the link gallery as a practice run to see how time consuming it will be updating the site everyweek. so far not too bad.

We currently have a sculpture yr2 exhibition in the link, which I saw in the triangle and we decided to ask them to out it on here. It has been a good experience, and we ended up taking part in one of the artists projects which was an honesty cafe, where we got to enjoy a delicious homecooked thai curry in exchange for some modroc.

Monday, 9 March 2009

Time for a Rest

well its been a while. much has happened. I'm doing a web design course which is alot of fun. and Helen Collett and I had an exhibition in the link gallery. please see pics. I have contacted the other half of the macdonald family that we lost touch with that still live in dunoon and i just got back from visiting them. the band has now got a city centre practice space which is great though aparently its leaking water. and the shadow puppet show is coming together. i'm trying to relax abit this week as i think im over doing it a tad. I've had a few other ideas and intend to make some small models so i can visualise them better. anyway, for now relaxing and researching and playing. hopefully!

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Further exhibitions


4.John Helen Lois in Blois

5.Breakfast in Blois in Paris

6.The Fotoautomat


Friday, 2 January 2009

Exhibition a day 2009

well hello, glad to be in 2009!

lots has happened, the biggest thing being me losing my sketchbook! oh no! but it's ok, now that i've bought a new one i found my old one! hurray!

This year i will be trying to do an exhibition a day, hopefully i will get brief details of this on my blog as well as more in depth accounts in a seperate diary or sketchbook. my first 2 are,

1.'The Past has Passed' a folder on face book of my record of an amazing NewYear 2009 party, during which i missed every photo oportunity by a second.

2.'From Thailand with Love' postal decorations from thailand located within my post box.

(see above pictures)

Monday, 8 December 2008


I have been doing plenty of plaster casting, it's been very theraputic and enjoyable. I have made some basic shapes from clay with the hope of making my own moulds. I have never tried this before so I'm finding it very interesting, and it's nice to be trying something new.
My gallery research continues. I have been round Manchester visiting the most well known galleries and intend to make notes on all the rest soon. I have also visited matts gallery in London, as recommended by Bryn. It was really nice and they had an exhibition in the cupboard. I think i may go dwn for their next exhibition opening on 18th Jan. I asked about the person that lowered the ceilings there. Apparently that was along time ago but the artsts name was Melanie Counsell, so I'll be looking up more about her shortly. It was Robin that showed us round and he was lovely and informative. I had to book in to see it so I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was nice. They were building the next exhibition (Lindsay Seers) and they have a great space there.
You may see in the pictures a postcard, my Property of Lois project is currently on the way to Beijing, thanks to Lois1, who had also send me this lovely postcard just incase the parcel is long gone. She's lovely!

Monday, 1 December 2008


i think the manifesto will come in time and that the only thing i really want on the list it.
1. ask questions.

pigeon holing is for losers.