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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Saturday – Victoria and Albert Museum – Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970–1990. Adrian Searle, Guardian, Postmodernism at the V&A … more than ironic teapots and ugly chairs. Waldemar Januszczak critques show in Sunday Times, 25th September 2011, When Greed was the Main Dish.

Stibnite is transparent in infrared light – amazing! Or is it? Infrared light produces heat – it must mean that stibnite allows heat through easily ie. its a poor insulator? (Stibnite sample in Geology Museum – label) It’s strongly anisotropic.

Thinking about matter – periodic table – actual colour of elements as they are found on earth – would be black – subtractive colour mixing. Average colour of light in the universe is beige?


Yesterday – Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition – Lower Marsh Street – fake fossils – worlds most expensive knitting needles – walk through London Fashion Week at Somerset House – Russell and Chapel, Drury Lane for canvas and staples – Cass Arts for Gesso – National Gallery to check out 16th and 17th Century art with Caroline, Edd and Sarah – revisited Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500 –

Have a look at Mantegna:


Artists at Work: Process Recorded” Exhibition at the Korean Cultural Centre, Dari was there with her work – Then on to the Threadneedle Prize Exhibition 2011 to see Carol and her painting (can see the Sienese School connection).

Lots to think about:

Art moving from ideas based conceptual stuff towards more materialist based practice echoing contemporary French Philosophy?

Oil Painting – pre-mixing versus layering = one time one place versus multiple times in one place = modernism versus post-modernism?

Grid paintings – deliberately leave space between the cubes or deliberately do not. Continue building up towards black? How to do this without producing a ‘leather’ painting. Been using way too much glazing medium.

Starting to think in a more ‘painterly’ way – feeling optimistic.

Consider putting drawings under glass – seek advice about display.

Picturing a fart – project continues.

Scaling up


Scaled up jpeg drawing 96cm x 96 cm

Went to the BP Portrait Exhibition 2011 – thought it was really disappointing – most work was horrible or boring or both – there was only one very small sketchy painting I liked.

Then went to the Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500 at the National Gallery as an antidote followed by the Wimbledon MA show which was very nicely laid out and curated. Nice to see lots of familiar faces.

I’ve been revisiting images of the Fayum mummy portraits.


Fayum Mummy Portrait

The writings of James Elkins have been recommended to me.