Sunday, 29 December 2013

Students Desk (POV)

Glastonbury trip

Various scenes from Bath, Bradford-upon Avon and Bath.


Time passing with apathy and vanity. Work has been shelved and new projects started in earnest due to inactivity that should've been corrected quite quickly.

I have been to several exhibitions since my last visit here and continued my residency at Blackburn College's 2nd year BA Fine Arts studio where I gave my first lecture/introductory speech, which apparantley went down quite well. Most importantly, I have started a project which involves punched computer paper that me and Runa found in a disused warehouse in Hulme a couple of years ago. Also, I/we have continued with the menswear vintage/pre-loved stall at the CraftyVintage salesrooms.

So, what to say first? The video piece that Will Kwan was exceptionally good and when I went to the opening (a little too early though) I saw what the other participants did and said. I knew quite a few of them as they went to the same Art School as me and some the same course. It was nice to hear them and to see whatever was happening in their lives. On the same day we went to the Experience Needed show at the Piccadilly Place Galleries. Some works were okay but some was a little better. I enjoyed Elisa Arteseros, James Ackerleys and Frida Coopers works more.

With the residency I have neglected the studio in Manchester but I aim to rectify that with more visits this weeks and next and I'll need to spend some more time at my real studio due to an Open Studio event in February. The enveloped squares are progressing slowly though and that will change. I am still focusing on the folded paper project at the College but with the accidental finding of the aforementioned computer paper, I began a little Christmas card project which is progressing into a mini project in itself. I have been commissioned into doing a piece for a friend which is nice. At the moment the punch paper is at pencil study stage and I quite like the fragility aspect of the work. I'd have to reconsider what medium will be correct.

original paper

pencil studies

painted/stencil version

45 studies of folded paper

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Studio at UCBC and new work.

Here are snapshots of new work and my studio for the tenure of my artist in residence at UCBC.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

update | 6 Nov 2013

So I received an email from Jane Brake (senior lecturer at Manchester School of Art) with the previous email attached. I hadn't used that particular email address for some time but I visited it out of curiousity and I'm glad I did really as I would have been too late to respond.

I sent off my statement to Will Kwan who is doing a residency at the Chinese Art Centre and he responded and seemed interested in my involvement. After jiggering the statement to sound more recent, we decided to meet at my studio. As I have started my tenure at Blackburn on the AA2A scheme and already began my project my time is limited and I am glad of the succinctness, we met yesterday.

I have already done some research on who the guy is and I know that he is a senior lecturer at University of Toronto at Scarborough and teaches Sculpture and Art Theory, he has had various exhibitions usually based on cultural and economical relations. Some of his work is quite interesting and installation based.

We had a chat about the basis of his current work which is video pieces of artists reading through their art statement as though they were manifestos. This I find quite exciting and I can't wait to take part. We talked through the statement and what he garnered from it and then went on a hunt for a specific location for my part of the project. As I have a studio in a disused office block, I thought this would be the ideal location. I will be using an empty part of the block. We aren't supposed to be using this part so I will have to either ask or have to do it guerilla style.

Monday dinner time is when we will be filming and it should take about 2 hours to film. I want to be off camera for the main bit and use a chair to act as me. I will be visable at the end of the film though.

With thanks to Manchester based artist Charlie Holt, I have now work on display in Loule, Portugal. I sent a few enveloped collaged postcards and a larger piece to be shown, the exhibition is baded on communication. I am very much proud and priviledged to have work showing in another country.

Call out..Will Kwan

CALL OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Call for participation: young artists of Manchester by our current artist in residence Will Kwan

'I am looking for young artists and recents arts graduates to participate in a video project I am working on as the current artist-in-residence at the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art (formerly the Chinese Arts Centre) in Manchester.

My project involves recording young artists in Manchester reading artist statements that they have written for shows that they have presented recently or for their degree exhibition. I am working with the artists to adapt their statements into "scripts" that will be recorded either as audio or read for the camera in site-specific locations chosen by each individual artist. The collection of readings are meant to create a portrait of a generation of young Manchester artists' artistic, intellectual, and political aspirations.

I will begin meeting with interested artists from 28 October until 9 November either in their studios or at my workspace at the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art in the Northern Quarter.

Recording with take place from 11-16 November.

The work will have its first screening at the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art during an open studio in late November.

If you are in Manchester and interested in participating in this project please let me know. I would be happy to send you more information or to schedule a time to meet. I look forward to hearing from you.

Will Kwan

word of the day:part sixty-three | recalcitrant

re·cal·ci·trant (rɪˈkæl sɪ trənt)

Marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance. Unruly.
Hard to deal with, manage, or operate.

A recalcitrant person.

[Late Latin recalcitrns, recalcitrant-, present participle of recalcitrre, to be disobedient, from Latin, to deny access : re-, re- + calcitrre, to kick (from calx, calc-, heel).]

re·calci·trance, re·calci·tran·cy | n

Friday, 25 October 2013

two more drawings

two folds in an A1 piece of paper

three folds in an A1 piece of paper

I am planning a series of sculptures that are based on folded pieces of paper and at the moment in the genesis stage of development. I will be drawing from source and collecting each drawing and folded paper.

I would like the finished sculptures to be hinged with the capacity for them to fold in and out, preferably oxidised metal so that they make a creaking sound but I will have to make do with card and eventually, wood.

3 more Art Everywhere in Blackburn

I've managed to photograph one Art Everywhere poster in The Mall, Blackburn. I love how it plays with the Health Lottery advertising though

These two were caught at the train station in Blackburn, I have currently missed the David Hockney one though. I was quite miffed with that.

Monday, 21 October 2013

drawing project

I have started the AA2A placement at Blackburn College University Centre and been shown around the three art sites. It's quite extensive really. I get to use all amenities and get to do work. I haven't been able to get started proper yet because of lack of studio space.

So, I have drawing again and got influenced by how bus tickets and paper in general get folded and thrown away so I began to record the randomness of such foldings, very anti-origami.

These drawings were all done in quick succesion from a few examples that I collected in the previous week.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

films that made a difference

Part three in an ongoing series:

The Plague Dogs : Martin Rosen
Silence of The Lambs : Jonathan Demme
Metropolis : Fritz Lang
Donnie Darko : Richard Kelly
The Deadly Spawn : Douglas McKeown
Kill Bill 1&2 : Quentin Tarantino
Heavy Metal:The Decline of the Western Civilization : Penelope Spheeris
No Quarter, Unledded : Aubrey Powell
The House of a 1,000 Corpses : Rob Zombie
Fantasia : Walt Disney
Driller Killer : Abel Ferrara
Blow Up : Michelangelo Antonioni
A Hard Days Night : Richard Lester
One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest : Miloš Forman
Psycho : Alfred Hitchcock
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre : Tobe Hooper
A Clockwork Orange : Stanley Kubrick
P.opular : Ryan Trecartin
War of The Worlds : Byron Haskin
Trainspotting : Danny Boyle
Black Hawk Down : Ridley Scott
Animal Kingdom : David Michôd
Chelsea Girls : Andy Warhol
Spirited Away : Hayao Miyazaki
Star Wars : George Lucas
28 Days Later : Danny Boyle
Basket Case : Frank Henenlotter
Alien : Ridley Scott
Battle Royale : Kinji Fukasaku
Bronson : Nicolas Winding Refn
Lady Vengence : Park Chan-wook
Akira : Katsuhiro Otomo
The Wicker Man : Robin Hardy
Scanners : David Cronenburg
Escape From New York : John Carpenter
The Season of The Witch : Tommy Lee Wallace
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
The Evil Dead : Sam Raimi
Natural Born Killers
The Fly : David Cronenberg
Ponyo : Hayao Miyazaki
Tron : Steven Lisberger
Freaks : Tod Browning
The Last Temptation of Christ : Martin Scorsese
Monster : Patty Jenkins
Howl's Moving Castle : Hayao Miyazaki
200 Motels : Tony Palmer, Frank Zappa, Charles Swenson
Animal Farm : Halas and Batchelor
Fear and Lothing in Las Vegas : Terry Gilliam
Life of Brian : Terry Gilliam

Lest we forget:
Police Academy
Bad Lieutenant
Apocalypse Now
Britannia Hospital
Watership Down
Bonnie and Clyde
Reservoir Dogs
Pulp Fiction
The Shining
Ring O
Mother India
The Fog
The Thing
The Day The Earth Stood Still
Quartermass and The Pit
Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D
The Hurt Locker
Walks with Bashir
A Scanner Darkly
Rob Roy
Greyfrier's Bobby
Oliver Twist
Ben Hur
Carry on Screaming

Monday, 7 October 2013

Matt Berry

As an actor regularly seen on Garth Marenghi and on the IT Crowd, I thought this would be slightly abstract and surreal, the surreal is there and so is the abstract but is refreshingly beautiful.

I have listening to his album, Kill the Wolf lately and it is surprisingly infused with Hammer Horror aesthetics and is quite lovely. The LP is out on Acid Jazz and I may have to go out and find a vinyl copy.

Gather Up is spooky, Fallen Angel is seventies tinged folk and Village Dance is very soundtrack in style. I quite like the ethereal quality of the whole package and is highly recommended.

I really like the album..Withchazel in which he plays all his instruments and was free when it came out on the internet in 2011.