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Monthly Archives: May 2015



The rationale for this painting has changed over time.  Using a pixellated photograph of Mars, taken from the back garden, I thought that it was funny when someone said that the colours in this image of Mars were intense like those of a a pizza.   Building up on a square grid the colours and tones have been pushed and pulled via many layers.  I’ve subsequently become interested in pushing the layering to extremes by building up the layers.  In a way this is like the scientific method – slow and painstaking, with final results unknown.


Pizza picture further toppings added!


Push-pull of tonal adjustment begins.

I’ve just finished reading The Trouble with Europe by Roger Bootle.  Bootle writes that Europe, that began life as an economic project is actually not as economically efficient as it should be. This plus its political hegmony should send us diving for the exit if the Eu cannot reform itself and we cannot negotiate a new deal.  PS. Boring subject but Bootle’s book is easy to read.

Check out another 50 examples of EU waste!

Nick Cave – 20,000 Days on Earth, a pseudo-documentary about a day in Nick Cave’s life by artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.  I really enjoyed this film.  There’s a sort of strangeness about the way 20,000 Days on Earth is filmed.  Much more interesting than a  third party narrated documentary.  Brighton, Cave’s home city is presented in a novel way, not through the normal set of Brighton’s cliched images – great to see.  Alexis Petridis reviews 20,000 Days on Earth for The Guardian Newspaper.

I’ve also discovered Cave’s Museum of Important Shit where humble signifiers of huge significance are accumulated and cataloged.


pizza painting

John D. Caputo, Truth, Philosophy in Transit.  Much as I enjoyed Caputo’s book, not the least because I could understand what he was saying, I have to disagree with Caputo’s conclusions that there are many kinds of truth.  I do agree that life and living is a journey – homo viator. On the journey I’m searching for truth, not God. Maybe I’m searching for meaning but I don’t think so.  As far as I’m concerned, there is no meaning.  Homo sapiens will come and go and nothing will have happened.

Truth is most often used to mean being in accord with fact or reality, or fidelity to an original or to a standard or ideal.’ This definition is from Wikipedia and would be my understanding of a definition of truth. To me reason is the closest that we’ll ever get to truth and scientific reason helps us to get even closer.  Scientific reasoning may not be perfect but it’s the best that we have.

Your beliefs don’t affect the facts in the slightest. However, the facts, if understood, should affect your beliefs.

I’m reading Dancing in the Dark, book 4 of Karl Ove Knaussguard‘s My Struggle.  It’s taken me months to realise that My Struggle is the same title as Hitler’s Mein Kampf.  Why has he used My Struggle as a title???  Mein Kampf is part autobiography and mostly political manifesto, written by one of the most repulsive human beings that ever lived.  Perhaps Knausguaard considers himself to be that repulsive?


My Struggle/Mein Kampf

I hadn’t realized that there are actually six books in Knaussguard’s My Struggle series.  So far, four have been translated into English and Dancing in the Dark is the most recent.  But what makes Knausguaard’s project so compelling?  I think that, for me, it’s authenticity.  It’s all there (or is it?), the good and the bad (how much self censorship has there been?).  Knausguaard has been accused of sacrificing his family and friends for his artistic project. Michel Faber writes a useful review of Knausguaard’s first ‘My Struggle’ book, A Death in the Family. I’m also wondering why the books are non-sequential.


More topping on the pizza

The colours are slightly skewed in the previous image – too light & too blue.