Ok confession time, I have been lax, very lax. the spring has gone, summer and autumn too. I have produced a mountain of work both in America and Germany, Started a new band and made new instruments, had three exhibitions. But nothing on my blog at all, so in some attempt to catch up I will post some images and a little text.
First in Connecticut at I-Park I met a 5' 8" sloughed snakeskin in the woods as I repaired on of my pieces
then I created these two sound funeral bird boxes, where the ashes of a loved one can be placed in an urn within a sculpture that houses birds.
I had an exhibition at Yale about sound
I then went to Darmstadt in Germany as part of an 'Art and Transformation' Symposium for three weeks with a number of other fantastic artists. I produced 19 sculptures from Stumps with strings whereby the listener puts their ear to the root of the tree
to stumps that one just puts ones ear onto
zen type strings with stone bridges
hanging ear harps
I had an exhibition at the Brewhouse for SAW with Louise Baker and Deborah Westmancoat
I carved a rail on a bridge as a memorial
I took the Sound Pavilion down in Taunton and was left with 'Ghost of Sound"
I made some more Amulets from steel, bronze and glass
New instrument made for my new band called SWINE with Tim Hill, Farmer Glitch, Cliff Stapleton, and Matt Saunders
Well here it is, the Castle Green Sound Pavilion. A Douglas Fir structure charred on the outside and arbourteched on the internal walls, then strung with piano wires and tuned to whatever I desired. I created a number of listening pieces to stop the resin getting on peoples clothes although one can just put ones ear to the wood. I must thank Ann Jones for writing the Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Awards. Ian Timms at Taunton Deane for help and the provision of men and transport. My children Billie-Daisy and Solomon for charring the whole piece and helping with the construction of it. Leo Hartas for the original drawing and helping construction. To Jerry Dixon for helping with construction and invaluable building advice. To Philip Chambers at Milverton Sawmill for providing the timber at a competitive price.
Now it is at Castle Green Taunton until the end of October.. Go Play and enjoy.
A busy month, getting wood for the 'Castle Green Sound Pavilion' and making headway on the Hotel Habitats for Culverhouse in Cardiff. This will consumed the next few months, before I am am part of a sound exhibition in Yale Art Gallery, which is rather a coup and then a residency in Germany in July/August so the year if filling up.
The Sound Pavilion will look a bit like the above, made from local Douglas Fir, full of resin and wonderful smells.
The bird and butterfly homes are taking shape.
I have taken part in gigs in Taunton and Brighton which have been well received.
I have created my piece for 'Art on the Block' a fund raising auction of blocks created by artists to raise money for Musgrove Hospital in Taunton. The auction takes place on the 24th May so plenty of time to save up. It is brazed steel wire.
I have also been awarded £13,500 from the arts council to create a temporary Pavilion for the Castle Green site in Taunton, this I will be designing over the next few weeks so watch this space. The idea is to create a sound pavilion that can be played by anyone and everyone. It will be on site in June through to October 2016. Ann Jones put in the bid for me, so a big thank you to her. Milverton Sawmill will be providing the timber and hopefully a space for me to make something on such a large scale. I am very excited by this project and really hope that I can make something special for that amount of money.