31 May

Display of Work (MA Fine Art: Drawing for Fine Art Practice) May 2017

A meander through the final assessment/display for MA Fine Art: Drawing for Fine Art Practice…

A symphony of marks…

 

 

…a process of extraction to form completion/resolution…

…going beyond the surface of things, boundlessness beyond the curtain, to (re) discover a form of innate communication through interpretation and mark making.

Transformation of an idea has come through an almost forensic approach to source material – process is then transformed through the idea.

An exhibition showing some of this work will be held at:

The Jam Factory, Oxford from 23rd November 2017 until 7th January 2018

13 Apr

25. Mental Wireless: Coded Language from a Psychic Realm?

In Jean Cocteau’s film Orphée (1950) the title character listens obsessively to the car radio as it emits strange otherworldly messages, seemingly embedded with a poetic code.

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These coded transmissions sound as if they are coming from another realm, perhaps an in-between place – like the electrical malfunctions and audio anomalies in Lynch’s films – a bridge between separate realities.

There is a communication here…some kind of telepathy coming from another realm, beaming mysterious signals across the airwaves…

…some kind of telepathy.

It feels apt that I have begun delving into the book Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain (1970) recommended by the illustrator and former tutor of mine – Geoff GrandfieldThough it appears to be a highly readable and addictive book from beginning to end, it does feel necessary to dive in and out of different sections. Perhaps it’s just my impatience to get to the weightier parts, the lure of such chapter titles as: Inner and Outer Space, Time – a New Frontier of the Mind, Artificial Reincarnation…

These ideas…Time as a form of energy, patterns of an unknown energy, time as appearing immediately everywhere…’Time links us all and all things in the universe’ (Ostrander/Schroeder, 162)… thoughts changing the density (or perhaps destiny!) of time…

I can’t help but think of Borges’ short stories and Flann O’Brien’s Third Policeman.

Possible titles: Transmission I

What reflects between two mirrors?

 Reading about how telepathy flows more freely in outer space, I think again about Tarkovsky’s film Solaris (1972), based on Stanislaw Lem’s book of the same name…, particularly the ocean.

I have been working on this…

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Transmission I

2017

Notes from two exhibitions – Paolozzi at the Whitechapel / Latham at the Serpentine:

Both had a strong sense of decoding through deconstruction. In Paolozzi’s work I could see this coded language of symbols and interchangeable shapes. Both seem to be creating a new language. Latham attempts to decode the bigger picture: the mechanics of the universe…both artists reveled in different media, crossing boundaries. 

… viewing the manifestation of a different (higher) level of thinking…

Lines of connection in the universe

(quasi-) scientific/forensic 

…Like circuit boards…

…Morse code…

…Detritus of an abandoned world…

 

Images from the Eduardo Paolozzi exhibition at the Whitechapel gallery, London – March 2017…

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Images from A World View: John Latham exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London – March 2017…

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And what follows is a process of deconstruction and reassembly – Making art like music. Extracting to create a pulsing coded message…—

 

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A folding of the fabric…

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‘Fusing the exploration of inner space with the exploration of outer space’ (Ostrander/Schroeder, 87)

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ZoneTest7PrintThe Zone is thus not a purely mental fantasmatic space in which one encounters (or onto which one projects) the truth about oneself, but (like Solaris in Lem’s novel) the material presence, the Real of an absolute Otherness incompatible with the rules and laws of our universe…reducing/retranslating the encounter with the Thing to the “inner journey” towards one’s Truth. (http://www.lacan.com/zizekthing.htm)

 

References:

Ostrander,S & Schroeder, L (1970) Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain Bantam Books

http://www.lacan.com/zizekthing.htm

20 Mar

24. Zones of Interpretation

Plans taken from the mappings of Kafka’s The Trial (1925) are layered, creating a palimpsestic state where all spaces are experienced simultaneously within ‘a vast network…an ocean of possibilities.” (D. Lynch’s Inland Empire (2007))

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Pencil on layers of tracing paper

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Scaling up and printing reveal the glitches, ravaged textures and determined shadows under a forensic microscope…

ENTROPY

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              COPY

              COPY

              COPY

This process of interpreting…

reinterpreting,

copying,

tracing,

copying,

translating

…interpreting…

Constructing a 3D interpretation of Kafka ‘floor plan’…

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Beginning to translate onto fabric…

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Portrait of K. (detail)

Interesting when folded….

Accumulates meaning…

Folding of the fabric (time and space)

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Portrait of K. (detail folded)

TRACKING BY TEXTURE

‘No one here has ever come back the same way.’

‘There’s no going straight here…things change here every minute.’ (Quotes from Tarkovsky’s Stalker (1979))

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Tracking the Zone (detail)

“И небо раскололось, как свиток, когда оно свернулось”

(“And the sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up”)

Note to self: MAINTAIN KNOWLEDGE OF THE ESSENCE AS WELL AS FORM/KNOWLEDGE OF THE WHOLE AS WELL AS DETAIL

 
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