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I’ve had this blog since I was 17, I was never going to ditch it. I’ve just expanded.

So last week was website building, its all still in process, my brother has been a great help in setting it up. Today I’m making business cards. Look at me all grown up…

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If No-one Else Wants You

This weekend saw a two day exhibition set in an underground carpark in Dundee (quirky setting, yes?). The project was called The Undesireable and I put together an assemblage for the event.

“The invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck”

(Paul Virilio)

Beneath our accelerated modern culture lies a world of inconvenient truths: people, places, events and inevitabilities which we would rather forget and perhaps all too often neglect.

The ancient divide between reason and unreason, order and chaos, sanity and insanity is in some walks of life as pertinent as ever.

 

Sometimes it’s bad to collect, its bad to hoard, its bad to hang on to. How can we move forward if we’re cluttered with the past? But I’m saddened when others do let go. And that’s what this piece is.

If No one Else Wants You

 

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If No-one Else Wants You

clay replica binoculars, hoarded candles,

collected baking trays and drawer

& preserved banana peel

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My work is usually so clean, so I’m not sure about this grungy aesthetic. But I feel its in tune with the brief I was working from. I think I’ll stick to white walls for now though.

interAction(s) Week 3

interAction(s) shared between Rachael Disbury and Liam Dunn, 18th March – 22nd March.

Artist B was absent during Week 3 due to illness.  The closing event, scheduled for Thursday 21st March, has been postponed and the conversation is ongoing.

Monday 18th March - Artist A

 

In January

I’ve revised a piece I made a few weeks ago. The shine of the acetates on top of the moleskin pages was distracting and a little tacky I think. So they’re gone. Well, not gone. As if I could discard of anything. That’s the entire essence of this piece, that I’ve recorded my every action throughout the month of January. The acetate texts are now displayed next to the colour coded sheets.

It makes sense for them to be separate really. Thoughts are so disconnected from actions sometimes.

They’re shown here on pins above a radiator. I think the way the heat from this makes them dance. But degree show is in May so I doubt the radiators will be in operation.

 

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It was January in the (new) year, 2013

31 type on acetate and 31 coloured pencil on moleskin squared paper

 

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I picked up two red steel boxes at the recycling centre last week also. Thought I’d attach one to the wall. Because…

I might use them to display my back up work. I might not.

Dear Lynda


Last week was not heavily productive in terms of studio practice. But my work is so multi-layered now, I feel like I’m doing everything! I was kept busy with interAction(s), planning my degree show space and the open install of Dear Lynda, an exhibition being held in the Cooper Gallery with its opening this Friday past.

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Dear Lynda is a collection of memorabilia from a contemporary art legend. Lynda Morris’s career as curator spans 45 years, this show gives tribute to her tireless efforts to move the art scene away from being purely London based, and make it more accessible for the people. She shows a wide and varied collection of remnants and publications illustrating a colourful career in the art world.

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Lynda Morris also conducted a series of ‘in conversation’ events to accompany the open install and run up to the opening of Dear Lynda. I was able to attend a talk between Lynda and Graham Fagan, a well respected tutor here at DJCAD. The two chatted like old friends about Graham’s art school days and being picked up by Lynda’s EAST International project. It proved to be an enjoyable afternoon, and an educational week overall in terms of curation.

lyndaI found it particularly beneficial to work alongside Sophia Hao, curator of the Cooper Gallery. While hanging a collection of Lynda’s work it was interesting to hear Sophia’s opinions on how the gallery should be set out. I was given tasks such as hanging publications, labelling works before the opening of the show, arranging vitrines of documents and making Lynda Morris a pot of green tea.

Now that its a new week I’m left to my own stuff however, which I’m grateful for. It’s been nice to keep my activities varied but its time to get immersed in Degree Show work. Eight weeks to go or something crazy like that…

 

Relics Destall

Today, Viv and I gave a talk to a group of curators visiting from South East Asia, hosted by the British Council.

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We introduced our Relics of Attachment project and discussed the opportunities the curatorial team has provided us. It was interesting to talk with the group and compare art schools and curatorial programmes.

Talking about art and projects has become a lot easier than it used to be. Perhaps I’m starting to know what I’m talking about.

After the talk, we took down Relics of Attachment. The show is no more. But I’m so very proud of all we achieved with the project.

interAction(s) Preview

I’m involved in a project at the moment called interAction(s). The exhibition is an ongoing and constantly changing show of work. The opening was Thursday 28th February and it runs ’til 23rd March. Here’s some info;

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interAction(s) is a project/exhibition curated by Lada Wilson, Fine Art student and member of the Student Curatorial team. interAction(s) consists of an evolving assemblage of texts and images. It is the presentation of a ‘process’; it is an ongoing work-in-progress.

 

This exhibition was inspired by the work of two artists – Rachael Disbury and Liam Dunn and the chosen site, the Matthew Cabinet, which creates a perfect venue for a three-week long artistic interaction. The two artists will create a visual dialogue: they will create visual poetry by reacting to each other’s work. Each day Rachael will write a text, each night Liam will create an artwork inspired by that text.
This is a Student Curatorial Team ProjectMatthew Cabinet is at the rear of the Matthew Building, DJCAD on Level 5.

 

 

Liam, Lada and I are contracted into an agreement regarding this project. The preview event saw a performance event of the signing of the contracts and the first instalment of work by myself, ‘Artist A’.

 

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