16th of May

16th of May. 5am. How can I sleep?

This week has seen the attainment of my honours degree in Fine Art and an acceptance from Edinburgh College of Art to study Contemporary Art Theory with them. And its Degree Show tomorrow. “eek”.

I am looking forward to the event and appreciate the effort my friends and family have made with travelling up to Dundee. I have no idea what the night will have in store for me and ‘nervous’ doesn’t seem to cover what I’m feeling. It’s 5am. I can’t sleep.

Here’s a sneak preview of what to expect from me tomorrow, I hope to see you all there.

 

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All That Glistens

Solid bronze cast of collected 1970’s baking tray

2013

 

 

New (old) Toys

I went home this weekend past. That was probably the last break I’ll get before Degree Show. Its really getting there now. Three weeks to go. I don’t think I could focus anymore if I tried though. The studio, the assessment and what I’m going to do after June is all that consumes my thoughts. Sorry guys, I’m a selfish entity right now.

Since all I can think about is my practice, I’m going to talk about my practice. I scavenged some old relics from my garage on Saturday. This sort of thing spurs me on.

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Found in a large wooden case of shoe-makers tools that were passed onto my Dad. These were some favourite details I saved from the box. The middle piece still has a leather threaded through it, and the set of compasses contains a stub of pencil. I love these details. I don’t know if I’ll incorporate this material into my upcoming show, but I feel sure I’ll use it soon.

The art school likes to kick me out at 8pm these days ’cause it’s ‘Easter Holidays’. So I guess I’ll be off.

Let there Be

Let there Be

Let there Be

broken bulb, used foil & fishing tackle box

2013

Today I registered for graduation. I handed over three pages of forms and £40 and got handed back a receipt measuring 3x4cm. I don’t know what I expected. Champagne? Perhaps later. I came back to my studio and made some art. It seems all I’ve been doing lately is filling out forms and applications. I like organising and tackling little issues like this. But it’s nice to be truly creative also.

I found this tackle box in my loft over Summer and have only recently brought it to my studio. Some objects I find I instantly connect with and others feel disposable. This one is precious. The bulb and wrapper hold value to be too. And yet they have short histories and have seen little. The psychology of nostalgia is not as straightforward as the cliches would suggest.

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

 

Detail

If No-one Else Wants You

clay replica binoculars, hoarded candles,

collected baking trays and drawer

& preserved banana peel

2013

 

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.

A Problem I’ve Been Having

I’ve become so intertwined with my work.

I guess this is good. The stuff is just me. The problem is its so me that I’m protective of it. I don’t want anyone to know.

Perhaps, however, if they did know the stories of the work, it would help them to appreciate said work. A title provides context, but is it enough? Do my titles need to be more revealing? Do my descriptions need to be more in-depth?

Or can I provide a hint and a little bit of context and rely on you to enjoy it anyway?

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Everything I Know About Him

(2013)

spent matches, collected circles, text on trace, war used binoculars, rusted soap dish.

 

Do I have to tell you who ‘him’ is and what it is I know?

This is what I’m struggling with right now.

 

Betrayal of a Typewriter

 VS.

Technology is making a strong argument against my manual Imperial typewriter at the moment.

I’ve had the idea in my head for a while to make a shirt out of typed text. The problem with this is that with a typewriter having set margins, I’ve been having to make the pattern in panels. This obstructs the look of the piece a little.

Yesterday I had a crit. My tutor suggested, “why don’t you just print out multiples?”.

“Well because… because I want to stay true to my materials… and well… because… oh that sounds difficult… and because…”

the dream‘the dream’

I muttered nothings for a few moments and then realised as lovely as the idea of me hand typing the whole shirt is, I’d be so much more productive if i sped up the process with more advanced technology. And technically I’ve still typed the original text that got copied. That counts, right? …Right?

It counts. I’ve come to terms with it now. By scanning in one printed panel and multiplying it on photoshop then printing it on the large scale art school printers, I can do 3 weeks worth of typing in an hour. So I can make more art. I believe this is what they call a ‘win-win situation’.

the reality‘the reality’

 

Relics of Attachment Part II Preview

Thursday evening saw the opening of Relics Of Attachment Part II. Yes, it was Valentines Day, and oh how romantic it was. We couldn’t have asked for a better turn out. The event was a huge success and we are very grateful to the 28 artists that took part and everyone else that was involved in this project.relics7

Cooper Gallery Project Space

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The preview ran from 5 til 7 and was heavily attended. We have received very positive feedback about the exhibition which runs until the 2nd of March.

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Our friends and fellow artists have been a great help in this process. Harriette baked brownies for the occasion, and a group of my old friends made a surprise appearance. The middle image below shows Liam Dunn performing a reading from his ‘Fuckist Manifesto’, which was also a great success and brought another dimension to the evening.

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We were able to exhibit a wide selection of work in varying mediums. A lot of work went into this project, from the small details of what wine to serve to the larger tasks of making the accompanying publication. The five of us on the Relics team have had a hectic few months.

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 Perhaps we can sleep now… oh wait, there’s that Degree Show thing coming up…

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Opening Night

‘Relics of Attachment Part I’ is an exhibition I’ve been organising with some fellow Student Curatorial Team members. It features a collection of artwork inspired by the concept of nostalgia and sentimental objects.

Tonight was the introduction to this project. There was a lot of footfall, a lot of interest, and generally a good feeling all round.

Take a look at our work.

Relics of attachment

RELICS OF ATTACHMENT PART I

A – Lucas Battich, Amsterdam Lelylaan Schiphol // Edinburgh Glasgow   

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B – Lisa Gordon, Promises Light

C – Vivienne Russell, Five Seasons       

D – Cathy O’Brien, Empty Packages

E – Rachael Disbury, Everything I know about him

 

This project took a lot of time and planning but I feel our work is paying off. I love the buzz of all this organising. Curating ain’t so bad.

Installation

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Audience Opening Night

 

Curators
Our Team
We’re hosting a meeting tomorrow to encourage other artists to submit work for Part II of this project. The 14th of February should see a larger exhibition presented in the Cooper Gallery. So there’s really no time to relax for us!

Relics of Attachment Part I

RelicsAs part of the Student Curatorial Team at Duncan of Jordanstone, myself and a few friends have been working on an exciting new project, ‘Relics of Attachment’. There are three events involved in this project. Part I is an initial exhibition of work to be displayed on the 31st of January. This will be followed by an informative talk on the 4th of February to discuss ideas and the opportunity for other artists to get involved in submitting their work for a second exhibition at the end of February.

Here’s some info!

Get involved!

  • RELICS OF ATTACHMENT Part I
    DoJ, Matthew Building, Recess Display CabinetThursday 31st January 2013
    PREVIEW 4.30pm-6pm, Drinks & Refreshments provided
    Exhibition runs 31st January – 18th FebruaryCome to the preview of an exciting new project!
    Find out how to get your own artwork involved in Part II!!!

    Part I is a small exhibition to introduce the idea of ‘Relics of Attachment’. The nostalgic feelings we all have to personal objects and remnants. The exhibition includes a collection of items and their sentimental connection to the artists.

    \\OPEN CALL for Part II
    A larger collection of work will be displayed in the Cooper Gallery at the end of February.
    If you’re interested in participating, we are holding a meeting to discuss ideas and the opportunity to submit work at a later date.

    Come to the preview! Come to the meeting! We look forward to working with you!

    \\MEETING: 1st February
    Green Seats, Matthew Building

    \\PART II: 14th February
    Cooper Gallery

    A group project brought to you by DoJ Student Curatorial Team.