Monday, 18 August 2014

Masonic Gravestone | Blackburn

This grave can be found within the graveyard at St John's the Evangelist Church in Blackburn. It is where I am having my art residency and exhibition. It has as much symbology from the Masons that you can shake a stick at. It is pointing straight up to the Masonic Lodge in Blackburn, which is a coincidence.

It has:

The letter G
the Globes of the Stars and the Earth
the All Seeing Eye
the Compass and Set Square
the Arch and Centre Stone
the Jacob's Ladder
the Seven Stars
the Moon and the Sun
the Key to Heaven
The Pyramid
and others that I can't make out.

The ground was consecrated in 1786 with a stone carved with the Blazing Star.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Invigilators Chairs

Invigilators Chairs at The Old Blind School, Liverpool Biennial:Liverpool.

New Work - Open Studios

New Wall Mounted Assemblage

Open Studio with Typewriter and Assemblage

Tea Stained Edited Prose in 24 Installments

This was the result of the six week long open studio/residency at St John's the Evangelist Church in Blackburn. I decided to work with found wood that I searched for in the evirons of the church. Thankfully, a building was being converted from shops into a mosque so I was able to find some good materials. I have some left over for my next project. In total I have made nine different assemblages for the church but this new one has been a new concept in how I make them. I made the assemblage from the first to last piece found. I quite like this new way of making them.

The Edited Prose is called 'The First Waves of Nothing'. I named it after a phrase that is used in the second installment and fitted in with what I was doing. This piece took me two and a half years and certain piss taking to complete and a further six weeks to type up. I have used tea stained/dyed paper that I have experimented with. I started with too much tea and now know the correct method/times.

The piece is a 22 paged foray into a split second of someone's mind as they walk through the street. It is very schizophrenic in tone. I found it hard to read. The text is wholly grammer free and carries no punctuation.

Domesticity | 35mm Glass Slides, 3 Photographs, a Brick and a 35mm View Finder

This is my brand new project and I think of leaving the concept to speak for it self. The photographs needs to be a lot bigger though. I ned to find a relevant exhibition to show this work.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Posters for ALTAR exhibition

Poster for Art Exhibition-Main Event | Designed by me.

Poster for Art Exhibition-Music Event | Designed by Yves Leather

Images of brand new work

When I was on my birthday trip to Portmadog/Portmeirion, we stopped at a carboot sale in Tremadog. I bought a selection of glass 35mm photograph slides for a ridiculous price of 50p. Most of these were of some trip or other but I found three gems that depicted a lovely story. Basically, a photo of a car and holiday home, a man washing up and the couple smiling. The photos are dated in the mid sixties and I left them to one side.

A few weeks later, we took a trip to Fleetwood and visited some charity shops. I bought a backlight/batteryless 35mm viewfinder and looked at these slides for the first time in full blown colour. I took the the slides to the local camera shop and in now waiting for the images to be blown up.

I know how I want to present these photos and have a concept/installation planned out and took a mock up photo of what it'll look like. The piece will be titled [domesticity] and hopfully be shown soon. It is a very honest piece of work and is free from all baggage and pretense. I am very excited.

Mock-up of intended exhibition minus A2 prints of 35mm slides.

Scanned version on of the 35mm slides,

photos of exhibition

Angela Hoyland _ Fragments 2014

Michelle Whalen _ Composition 2014

Lee Wareing _ Jack 2014

Jodie Dee Webb _ Dad 2014

Sonny J. Barker _ Untitled 2014

These are selected works from the main members of a newly founded art collective called New Wave Arts [n|w|a]. We were founded at UCBC/Blackburn College to allow art to be shown in unusual places within the Blackburn and its environs. This was our inaugural exhibition and as a duo, Me and Lee Wareing are showing in October within the Free For Arts Festival 2014.