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Monthly Archives: May 2010


graphite drawing

Thursday went visit Alice’s and Sarahs studios. Sarah works from a room at her home and this brings up issues of separation of artworks from the domestic setting. Also went to Matts Gallery to see Jennet Thomas‘s video work, All Suffering Soon to End. Dissapointed that a green person didn’t enter the gallery to surprise us. Video absurd and humerous. How do Granny & Grandad Thomas keep a straight face?

all suffering soon to end

Video Still - All Suffering Soon to End

tichy photo

Mirolaw Tichy - photograph

On Friday went to see photographs by the reclusive, obsessive and mysterious Czech photographer Miroslav Tichý. Haunting, voyeuristic work photographs usually taken surreptitiously, often with a homemade camera. The resulting photographs are left around in piles and are tatty, decayed and worn. Some are mounted on random bits of paper and cardboard often decorated with pencil or crayon, rather like a childs work. Whilst the treatement of the photographs appears naive the subject matter, mostly women is not.

Went to see the map exhibition at the British Library on Saturday but it was too crowded, I’d really liked to have got close to the maps to look at the detail properly. Cabinet of curiosities (+maps) – where the word Cabinet (government) comes from. Today I’ve been researching Bourriaud c/f Meilliassoux, also looking at Charles Avery’s work & relate it to the other two – starting to suceed, I think. Looking at David Malin’s cosmological images which I love. Checking out exact definitions of truth and absolute. Doing some drawing using pure graphite – very slow & painstaking.

The Radicant

Reading – South The Endurance Expedition by Ernest Shackleton, ‘one of the most harrowing survivial stories of all time’ (Junger)
Trying to locate a UK based historical astrophotographic archive? Have sorted out electric erasers, rechargable batteries (to save on battery costs) & spare erasers plus new cans of fixative (hairspray).

I had a tutorial with Edwina yesterday so I took along all my recent drawings. I’d been trying out double images endeavouring to tie them together visually on one sheet. Edwina confirmed that they’re not working and said they reminded her of old encyclopedias, especially the cream paper – suggested extending graphite ground over sheet -rethink use of text and definitely use labelling to point to content & meaning.

Most of the single images have borders, which I like but Edwina suggested eliminating these, working to the edge of the page, also avoid the use of standard paper sizes. She felt that the square format worked best, reminiscent of glass photographic plates. Edwina also suggested continuing work on the larger sheet and she quite liked the ground being patchy. Perhaps use many small sheets on wall either relating as pieces of skyscape or not relating at all.

Edwina picked up on dense carbon, obsession and the importance of authenticity in the work. she was not so happy with the fossil drawings and suggested considering the use of photographs or even using the fossils themselves – but how? Wonderkammer. Edwina felt that I’m starting to find my language, and I’m very very happy about that!

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“Maximilian Franz Joseph Cornelius Wolf (June 21, 1863 – October 3, 1932) was a German astronomer and a pioneer in the field of astrophotography. He was Chairman of Astronomy at the University of Heidelberg and Director of the Landessternwarte Heidelberg-Königstuhl observatory from 1902 to 1932.” (Wikipedia) Wolf took astrophotographs often in stereo pairs.

Looking at Celmins prints closely – they look a bit mechanical, alienating.


Vija Celmins Galaxy print detail


Vija Celmins Ocean print detail