Archives for the month of: July, 2011

Been up at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland today . Am working on some images for a submission for the Sunderland  Book Project organized by artist Theresa Easton.

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Have been looking at some old quilts, interested in the way the fabric perishes or the thread unravels (see the center photo of a crochet Afghan squares quilt), or the threads loosen and pull out.

Have been reviewing the last six months or so work & realized I have been making very ordered pieces; trying to make sense of the world, its complexity, chaos, and perversity by attempting to create a sense of order in the work, whether using photography, found objects, clay marks on the walls, or drawings.

Many of these pieces have come about as tentative ideas for the Al-Mutanabbi street artist’s book project.

The most recent charcoal drawings have been an attempt to begin to make less ordered work (not claiming that pursuit of order is futile rather that in some instances it may not be the sole response available).

Happened  across these  quotes by Mark Boyle today:

http://www.boylefamily.co.uk/boyle/about/index.html

“The most complete change an individual can affect in his environment, short of destroying it, is to change his attitude to it. From the beginning we are taught to choose, to select, to separate good from bad, best from better.” (Mark Boyle, Control Magazine, No.1, 1965).

“We want to see if it’s possible for an individual to free himself from his conditioning and prejudice. To see if it’s possible for us to look at the world or a small part of it, without being reminded consciously or unconsciously of myths and legends, art out of the past or present, art and myths of other cultures. We also want to be able to look at anything without discovering in it our mothers’ womb, our lovers’ thighs, the possibility of handsome profit or even the makings of an effective work of art. We don’t want to find in it memories of places where we suffered joy and anguish or tenderness or laughter. We want to see without motive and without reminiscence this cliff, this street, this field, this rock, this earth.” (Boyle Family, Beyond Image, Hayward Gallery 1986).