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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:

“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).


Clay falling away from the studio wall.

Have been re reading ‘The Greek Commonwealth’ by A. Zimmern (1st pub 1911).

There is a mention in ‘The Greek Commonwealth’ of  ‘public burial of the fallen’

I’d  left the clay I’d been working with on the studio wall and  as I’d hoped over the last couple of days some of the clay had dried and fallen away from the wall, shattering on the studio floor.

Today I built  up various types of clay marks over a larger area and have left them to see the effects the clay has as it falls away from the wall.

Have had a bag of clay sitting around at home for over six months and finally took some in to the studio today.

This was partly as a follow on to the chat I had with James Adair about Northern Ireland on Saturday which had reminded me of the blanket men and dirty protests.

But also as a result of an email about drawing from Bob Milner:

‘what is drawing….is drawing a vital aspect of being visually able?’

And also partly to let myself just play with clay while thinking about the notion of ‘de-shocking’ ( a phrase used by Gilbert and George in connection with their Urethra show).