Friday, 20 April 2012

Stuff happening

On monday I start the Cargoes project, a project based around the east midlands working with two canal boats, 5 other artists and the next three months, Workshops will abound, probably listening to the canal water with the use of hydrophones, homemade plumbing stuff,  pipes and funnels et al.  Workshops listening to above the canal creating words, poems, stories etc, in June I am hoping to spend 6 days making a camera obscure to view the 'transit of venus' close to the space centre in Leicester.  Lots of other things will happen, I hope to keep things posted here and also on the Breath Of Fresh Air blog see for all the artists intentions and creations.

I also with my music hat on have to important gigs  coming up soon.......On the 2nd of May I am playing at the 'Noise Floor Festival, at Stafford University at 1.30 in the afternoon and on the 4th of May my band, Gimlet-Eyed Mariners are playing at the Brighton Festival at the Phoenix gallery details from this website:

So busy times and more news of a residency in America at I-Park for weeks in August- September creating music, details will follow.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

The Sacred Heart

So I finished 'The Listening Knots today and started polishing a piece of Somerset Alabaster, from here I drilled some holes and then a cup of tea and a few thoughts, I decided to put the alabaster on a piece of charred wood and make some wooden dowels to hold it in place, the alabaster already reminded me of a heart and the black stakes that held it in place gave it a medieval feel, I then decided to add the beaten copper array ala the rays on renaissance painting and sculptures, this now had a feel of a relic and having watched the programme on Van Hagens crucifiction. Nothing here was planned it just evolved, improv sculpture!

The Listening Knots

Finished now, charred and oiled.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

The Listening Knots

Another private commission, this time larch, larch with knots. A formal shape, tapering obelisk with the organic randomness in the relationship of the formation of knots within the wood, these I have decided to highlight by dishing the knots creating parabolic bowls. The whole piece will be charred, the burning will make prominent the grain in the wood. The piece will be vertical when sited and stands at 7 feet tall.