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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Visited Reigate Artists Summer Exhibition on Saturday – some very nice work here.

Saturday evening went to see Edd at Fabrica, Simpson & Hill’s response to Stéphane Cauchy – Cascade.

I need to reconsider how to mount mirror objects on the wall in a more elegant manner – need to visit exhibitions for ideas.

Thinking about Alison Turnbull.

    Considering the question Why Exhibit?

This question has been on my mind for several months now, ever since I asked Peter for advice on exhibiting and he asked “Why are you Exhibiting?” I think this question leaves me with a conundrum. My work references Meillassoux‘s Speculative Realism and since Meillassoux considers the meaning of the “arche-fossil”, which indexes a time before human conciousness evolved. This was a time before any humans were around to observe. Therefore, does it really matter if my artworks are observed or not? If I say it does matter then surely this is a correlationist’s stance. If I say it doesn’t matter then I take a Speculative Realist’s stance. As I believe in the ability of science to describe the ‘reality’ of the world/universe/cosmos even when remote in time and space, I take a Speculative Realist position. I need to check out Joash Woodrow.

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Pillar of Creation- graphite drawing

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Composite photograph, pillars of creation

This photo was taken with the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995. It shows evaporating gaseous globules emerging from columns of molecular hydrogen gas and dust. The giant columns are many light years in length and are so dense that interior gases contract gravitationally to form stars. At each columns’ end, the intense radiation of bright new stars causes low density material to boil away, leaving stellar nurseries of dense evaporating gaseous globules exposed. The Eagle Nebula, is part of the open star cluster M16 – about 7000 light years away.

Hubble space photographs as sublime images is considered in an article printed in the New Scientist.

My graphite drawing references the same data as that used to produce the Hubble composite photographs but is based on a compressed jpeg image.

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current work

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current work - detail