Wednesday, 24 October 2012

word of the day part:sixty-one | avarice


av·a·rice [ˈævərɪs]

Immoderate desire for wealth; cupidity.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin avritia, from avrus, greedy, from avre, to desire.]

avaricious | adj
avariciously | adv
avariciousness | n

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Free For Arts Festival 2012 | Free For All

The FFAF 2012 Preview Night was held yesterday and when I get time today I will do a little write up..

These photographs are from last night and shows my monoliths insitu at Gallery Number Four in Piccadilly Place.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Monolith:One | on location

Monolith:One .. On Location

Monolith: One .. Extreme Close Up No1

Monolith:One .. Extreme Close up No2


So, not in the Collagerie, in the Free For Arts Festival..yeah and about to sell some work to a

The Collagerie thing was a let down though, I worked hard on those two collages but I will prevail with the project and get it finalised and give myself certain resolution. The work has legs and it needs to be worked on, I have created at least 15 cards based on the premise and bought some extra card and been given more envelopes and they are mounting up now..just need to open the curtains to apathy somewhat.

I have constructed monolith number one for the Free For Arts 2012 in Manchester anbd now have to buy in some new veneer wood for monolith number two. I'm a little skint at the moment so this has to wait until a. I borrow some money, b. someone maybe pays me back some cash that they owe me or c. wait until Tuesday, which is pay day to but the wood.

I am actually having resolution with this work, it has only took two and half years but, the resolution is in my sights. I have created the light-box that has been muttering and stuttering for an age.

The exhibition is on Friday 19th October 2012 at Piccadilly Place in Manchester, well that is the Preview Night and it will run for a week. I have exhibited at this venue for three years now but this will be my first professional show out of academia. I have met a special someone and he will be escorting me to the show.

Daria..sweet sweet Daria is back on the telly, on Viva again after a long sabbatical. I just love this piece of quality animation. It's sardonic wit and subject hasn't faded with age but has got better and better..hurrah.

And oh yeah..I have a potenial new client who wants/needs some new abstract art for their nearly polished house..I have some samples of framed photography that they'll be interested in. I won't probably need to create an off-shore bank account but it will stoke the old ego a little.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

final piece?

After working on the concept of using the innards of envelopes from different companies and utilizing then to create a composition based on the golden ration/fibonacci sequence, I have finally begun to realize a more simple aspect. In plain terms..after ceaseless trial and error I have finally made a more sophisticated composition combining text and the golden ratio.

Monday, 10 September 2012

word of the day part:sixty | transient


tran·si·ent [ˈtrænzɪənt]

1. Passing with time; transitory.
2. Remaining in a place only a brief time.
3. Physics Decaying with time, especially as a simple exponential function of time.

1. One that is transient, especially a hotel guest or boarder who stays for only a brief time.
2. Physics A transient phenomenon or property, especially a transient electric current.

[Alteration of Latin trnsins, trnseunt-, present participle of trnsre, to go over : trns-, over; see trans- + re, to go; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]

transiently | adv.
transience, transiency | n

prep work - Collagerie

As stated this is prep work for the Collagerie exhibition in October. I have been collecting envelopes from various companies for a few months and now started the process of creating compositions. These two collages are a culmi
nation of a weeks worth of trial and error. They do need to be reined in a bit a be made a little more sophisticated though.

Friday, 7 September 2012

word of the day part:fifty-nine | expeditious


expeditious [ˌɛkspɪˈdɪʃəs]

Characterized by or done with speed and efficiency; prompt; quick

expeditiously | adv
expeditiousness | n


It's been some time since my last confesion so I have decided to have a slight catch-up. Firstly, it's been at least three moonths now since the last day of life within an educational institution (that's if I don't decided on doing the PGCE or MA) and all art had been put on hold. That was true until last week when I remembered that I am due to construct two monoliths for the next Free For Arts Festival in October also a Collage exhibition that I weant to enter in Ipswich called Collagerie.

The Free For Arts thing is the usual art festival that is in it's fourth year now and I have been involved in three counting this year. I normally submit something to the art auction but don't think I'll enter this year. The work will be recladded monoliths of some work I did two years ago, I want to make them more cleaner and less untidy. I'm buying some lovely pink plywood and going to have to jigsaw them in my kitchen.

The Collagerie is an exhibition that is held in Ipswich in which an open call has been given for collage artists to send in new work..the work may have a chance of being sold, which is an incentive. It's £10 to enter though but I'm going to enter. I have been working on an idea based on the innards of envelopes that bill companies, banks etc send and trying to piece together abstract shapes. It is hard work though. I'm also working on the concept of [ghosts in the photograph].

This concept is based on photographs of families and snipping out one or two members..this is because our memory loses these people and without photographs they would be gone forever. I have already done some of these based on newspaper photographs and they look abit stark.

I have been to the Monet/Twombley/Turner exhibition in Liverpool and must say that I do love Twombley even more now...

Sunday, 19 August 2012

word of the day part:fifty-eight | bucolic


bu·col·ic [bjuːˈkɒlɪk]

1. Of or characteristic of the countryside or its people; rustic.
2. Of or characteristic of shepherds or flocks; pastoral.

1. A pastoral poem.
2. A farmer or shepherd; a rustic.

[Latin bcolicus, pastoral, from Greek boukolikos, from boukolos, cowherd : bous, cow; see gwou- in Indo-European roots + -kolos, herdsman; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.]

bucolically | adv.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

word of the day part:fifty-seven | idiom


id·i·om [ˈɪdɪəm]

1. A speech form or an expression of a given language that is peculiar to itself grammatically or cannot be understood from the individual meanings of its elements, as in keep tabs on.
2. The specific grammatical, syntactic, and structural character of a given language.
3. Regional speech or dialect.
a. A specialized vocabulary used by a group of people; jargon.
b. A style or manner of expression peculiar to a given people.
5. A style of artistic expression characteristic of a particular individual, school, period, or medium.

[Late Latin idima, idimat-, from Greek, from idiousthai, to make one's own, from idios, own, personal, private; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]

idiomatic, idiomatical | adj
idiomatically | adv
idiomaticalness | n

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Weathered ChipBoard

I have been weathering various pieces of wood and metal objects in the back garden for assemblage pieces.. These photographs shows the effects that the English Spring/Summer has on some typical manufactured pieces of wood..they are quite soft to touch and quite beautiful..

The 2 Bears

I heart The 2 Bears that is all really...

Church and The Birds and The Bees are so-so sweet and completely balancing out the punchier Shakedown and Ghost and Zombies. After searching for months for THE album of the summer, I have now found it. Highly recommended..

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Leigh Bowery

This is the portrait of Leigh Bowery painted by Lucian Freud that hangs in the Treacy room at Liverpool Tate. I have the complete works of Freud held within a hard-boxed cover and held together rather substantially within a hradcover case.

I love Freud, I love his style, I love his subjects and I'd just love to have an original hanging right there, just above my fire place..any givers.

I have now made searches on who Bowery is and now am intrigued with the almost innocence of the portraits and his real life persona. Useless Man is a classic and downright filthy and deserves more recognition.

The Tate portrait

Freud and Bowery in the studio

Bowery in costume

unknown buildings

These building where photographed from a window in the room filled with Marianne Faithfull's Artist's Rooms on the second floor at the Tate Liverpool..

Liverpool Road-Side Markings


Road-Side markings taken in and around Liverpool city centre..

trip to Liverpool

So, I went to Liverpool. The weather was pleasant, warm and unseasonably sunny for the north-west of England.. I wanted to see the Monet, Twombly and Turner show at the Tate but ended up seeing the Rolf Harris thing at the Walker Art Gallery. I went with family so had to accommodate my kin for the day which was nice.

We headed straight to the Tate and seeing that part of the show was downstairs I peaked my head in and so some lovely Twombly and a few Turners but a gallery assistant turned around and ordered me out. My two companions didn't want to see the exhibition and with a heavy heart, we went to see the DLA/Piper Sculpture show which is on two floors.

Marianne Faithfull had the use of one room and Philip Treacy had the was a smorgasboard of Pop Art, Dada and Installation. It was like an encylopediac history of contemporary art brought to word, [outstanding].

photos soon...

We went to the Slave Museum and the Titanic thing at the Maritime Museum soon after and went to the Bluecoat for tea and scones. The Slave Museum is, as you'd expect, was emotional and disturbing. I enjoyed the Maritime bit and had a chuckle at the 'Hello Sailor' exhibit that shows the gay side of the industry..this pretty pink slinky number and silver sequined hi-heels strategically placed on the bed and Barbara Striesand records adoining the wall particularly tickled me.

En route to the new Museum of Liverpool is a often forgotten installation of a World War II house full of furniture and fittings which was a nice diversion..the museum is still not open.

The Bluecoat had a BookSale on and after half hour of rooting I found a 1950's erotic magazine the size of A5 called Spick and which is rather soft-core and not very sexy really, perfect collage material. We bypassed the exhibition here and went straight to the Walker Gallery.

After seeing his shows and now seeing his art, I think Rolf is a capable artist but hasn't developed a real style of his own, every painting is in the style of someone else, Ruebens etal. I just don't feel an attachment to this work, at all..the more I think of it, it's like an A-Level art student copying work from postcards when he should be evolving his own style..

The rest of the Walker was satisfactory and having the John Moores winners on show, topped my day trip of to a T.

word of the day part:fifty-six | vivacity


vivacity [vɪˈvæsɪtɪ]

1. the quality or condition of being vivacious
2. (often plural) Rare a vivacious act or expression

vivacities | pl

Sunday, 15 July 2012

word of the day part:fifty-five | misnomer


misnomer [ˌmɪsˈnəʊmə]
1. An error in naming a person or place.
2. A name wrongly or unsuitably applied to a person or an object.

[Middle English misnoumer, from Old French mesnomer, to misname : mes-, wrongly; see mis-1 + nommer, to name (from Latin nminre, from nmen, name; see n-men- in Indo-European roots).]

misnomered | adj

word of the day part:fifty-four | chimeric


chimerical, also chimerical

1. Created by or as if by a wildly fanciful imagination; highly improbable.
2. Given to unrealistic fantasies; fanciful.
3. Being a chimera.

chimerically | adv.
chimericalness | n

Saturday, 14 July 2012

word of the day part:fifty-three | sardonic


sardonic [sɑːˈdɒnɪk]

characterized by irony, mockery, or derision

[from French sardonique, from Latin sardonius, from Greek sardonios derisive, literally: of Sardinia, alteration of Homeric sardanios scornful (laughter or smile)]

sardonically | adv
sardonicism | n

Friday, 13 July 2012

Photo Booth at Fred Aldous

Hurrah, there's a photo in town at the Fred Aldous art supply store on Stevenson Square, Manchester. It is £3 a pop and is real good fun. The last time I ventured into one of these machines was when I were in Berlin more then a year ago on the main road near Friedrichstrasse Station.

These photo booths are so much fun and is real cheap, kudos to Aldous for having the machine. A visit to the store just to use the vintage booth is a must for all.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012


The venue 2022NQ on Dale Street is rapidly becoming my favourite venue at the moment. I saw the Contemporary Film and Video showcase there recently and tonight I got the chance to attend the Self-Made/Bench A/W2012 showcase.

I just got the invite a few hours before the show so didn't get the chance to my plus one away to a friend so I got there on my lonesome. I saw a great new female artist/singer whoes name I can't remember due to drinking three complimentery drinks a a few bottles of Vedett but I will do a search for her real soon. The next notable event of this show is the DJ set of Disclosure..very metallic, but in a good way.

Next Friday is the Cache Cache/Finders Keepers album launch party at 2022NQ and as I am an avid collector of this exotic and odds and ends record label and love Andy Votel, I will be there with bells on.

Presently, I'm at a hostel awaiting the graduation ceremony that will happen tomorrow morning so I need to get some kip and be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for tomorrow.

More Birthday Cards

Magnets | Rohan

Baby Tooth | Tyler

Monday, 9 July 2012

the truth you're too late for

part of the broken mantra series

word of the day part:fifty-two | increment


in·cre·ment [ˌɪnkrɪˈmɛnt]

1. The process of increasing in number, size, quantity, or extent.
2. Something added or gained: a force swelled by increments from allied armies.
3. A slight, often barely perceptible augmentation.
4. One of a series of regular additions or contributions: accumulating a fund by increments.
5. Mathematics A small positive or negative change in the value of a variable.

[Middle English, from Latin incrmentum, from incrscere, to increase; see increase.]

incremental | adj.
incrementally | adv.
incrementality | n.

collaged compositions

I have been lazy in uploading my collaged compositions and after attending the Sunday sale, I am now entering a new phase in collaged production. These collages are quite old but they are still relevant in my concepts of collage processes.