Archives for the month of: May, 2012

This Friday I’ve sent two new pieces down for the next TWEETART show at Westgate Studios Wakefield, Yorkshire.

The pieces are from a new piece that I’ve been developing over the past few months.

Common House Hold Objects/Still Lives comprises of a selection of small house hold objects which have had their original purpose challenged or rendered functionless.

The objects remain solely as markers to a past which becomes increasingly inaccessible and objectified providing instead a memorial to changing cultural practices.

     Spoon, Fork, Knife 2012 (cutlery and thread)

Pegs x3 (cast wax)      Three Pegs 2012 (cast wax)

Was up in Newcastle this Monday and went to the Baltic where there’s a show on (10 FEBRUARY 2012 – 20 MAY 2012 ) of work by Andrea Zittel including some of the ‘Wagon Stations’, structures designed to explore what humans needed for survival in different ways. I found the work some how mesmeric.

Looking at Zittle’s website I was interested in the notion of what she describes as ‘Small Liberties’

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It’s really worth taking a look at the exhibition which is on for a couple more days at the Baltic or at Zittel’s website.

This morning I tried combining an image from a medium format  photo of Madam Jo Jo’s night club, Soho, London I’d taken back in the late ’90’s as a Turkish Map Fold.

I find the sculptrual posibilities of this fold exciting.


I have spent an afternoon this week trying out some simple paper folds for a book project that I’m working over the next couple of weeks.

My favourite fold technique so far has been the Turkish Map Fold also known as the Star Burst Fold.

Here is a PDF showing the Turkish Map Fold that I found on the really useful Internet Achieve: Wayback Machine site.

And this link which shows how to fold a rectangular sheet of paper rather than a square for the Turkish Map Fold

 

Last year while on my residency at Westgate Studios, Wakefield I wandered in to Wakefield Cathedral.

Instantly I fell in love with the building and its atmosphere. I asked if it would be possible to photograph the interior of the cathedral and was allowed to do so as long as the photographs were for private use and not for sale.


I spent a wonderful hour and a half in the cathedral and was incredibly sad at the thought of the possibility of not returning there again.

At the end of 2011 heard of the 366 Photography Project  asking for photographers to documenting the life of Wakefield Cathedral as renovations are carried out there through out 2012 and applied to take part.

I was horrified today to visit Wakefield Cathedral’s 366 Days blog to read of the impact that George Osborne’s recent heritage VAT rule changes have had on their renovation budget and the effect on the current building works.

”Wakefield Cathedral has launched a national campaign to urgently address the Chancellor’s recent Budget announcement that 20% VAT will be charged on renovations to listed buildings.

As you know, the Cathedral has already begun work on the Project 2013 redevelopment of the nave. The area has been closed to the public and turned into a building site; so the project cannot simply be put on hold while the additional hundreds of thousands of pounds needed to pay this new tax are raised.

This not only affects Wakefield Cathedral, but will also potentially affect care of every listed building in the UK – our precious and vulnerable heritage.

Please take the time to read the press release for save our heritage and the letter to PM in which he succinctly explains the impact of this tax on Wakefield Cathedral. ” ( from  Wakefield cathedral’s 366 weblog)

Below are 2 links of ditties from Wakefield cathedral about this situation:

VAT ditty 1

VAT ditty – the sequel

I dearly hope that the government will listen and rethink their  current heritage VAT policy.

I would ask anyone who would like to to add their signature to Wakefield Cathedral’s e-petition against George Osborne’s new Heritage VAT by clicking here.

Just before leaving for GIAB 2012 I was reading Juhani Pallasamaa’s ‘The Eyes Of the Skin: Architecture and the senses.’ In part 2, Spaces of Memory and Imagination (pub. Wiley 2005) Pallasamma writes of how we have:

‘….innate capacity for remembering and imagining places. Perception, memory and imagination are in constant interaction…’ (p. 67)

Reading this made me think about what happens when visiting a new place and how we make sense of a new unknown environment.

I stayed in a hotel over the weekend of the GIAB fair and when checking in was given a map of Glasgow on which a member of staff circled the city’s landmarks.


On Saturday and Sunday mornings I went out with a camera and tried to photograph expected landmarks and unexpected ones. Ones my imagination or memory from books, TV, previous experiences lead me to look for as ‘landmarks’ and for less expected ‘landmarks’.

Expected land mark photos:

Possibly less expected land marks:


It was just a small experiment but one that was useful for helping  to think about how for granted we can take an established and ingrained/subconscious way of looking at and experiencing things and to make me want to think about exploring or challenging that process in some way.

I arrived back in Durham from Glasgow on Monday afternoon after a wonderful weekend at GIAB 2012.

There was a huge range of artists showing at GIAB 2012 and it was a real pleasure to meet with so many artists and makers.

Please click here to see the full PDF  list of all those showing at this years GIAB.