Sunday, 29 August 2010

more coming soon

Back from residency I'm putting together a new publication that's growing into somewhat of a monster.

more soon.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

One Cannot Fail to Respond




















I made a publication for the Pigeon Wing back in June, it was an envelope with some prints, some writing and different kinds of grass seeds that I had collected. This is some of the reproducible parts of it, some of which have already appeared in earlier posts.


























Results
It has come to be (whether justly or melodramatic grief as a result of limited experiences) my belief at the present that the vast majority of creative endeavour that I come across-merely paints a portrait of an idea, rather than addressing or involving said idea. This came to my attention recently as I realised that, after experiencing an art-project, I had in fact experienced little-more than the playing out of the premise that had been relayed to me prior to this experience, by one of those responsible. I began to be more and more aware of this, and as might be expected whether due to reality or psychosis I began to see instances of this chimera everywhere I went that involved what might have been described as relating to “creative endeavour”. I imagined that the criteria for pursuing an idea with the anticipated result, of say an exhibition, a day of events, a publication involve simply how interesting and full of animated potential the synopsis of this result would appear when relayed either prior to the event to a potential audience, or by said potential audience to their friends and associates after the experience. One might describe this as the very definition of novelty, and I do not feel sufficiently confident to either confirm or deny this. What I do believe however is that what might be a chance for meditation and discussion (an opening up), is in fact a simplification (a closing) and a conspiring exercise in inducing established reactions in a willing audience. Perhaps this is best described as the creation of language, a limited one however consisting mainly of sets of social call and response. How are we doing? Can’t complain. I do not believe that I am over stating the case here when I ask what is the need for this closed loop? One could argue that this exchange creates a wider debate and encourages thought, just as calling out into a cave results in an echo, which brings an awareness of that space as well as the reassurance of the expected noise. I feel this to be an excuse, as the encouragement for this further debate and awareness is so passive and residual as to imply a gross waste of energies in the overall consideration. My view is now that it is an indication of an obsession to the point of blindness to all else. An obsession on what I must here temporarily label “results”. By results I clumsily intend to describe the static and stable and inert end product of something. Furthermore, it is the frame of such results that is important, it is the fact that something has been put upon the table, something has been put to the right of the equality sign. So desperate is the drive to have achieved this result, to have filled this space that nothing else matters. It is a race, but it is about achieving the title. Title seems very appropriate because this activity here described is very much like the reduction of a book to it’s name, to see the book as a unit sealed in, not to be read but to be counted.
    The suggestion I have here is simply this, we must engage the present, the tangible moment rather than the past or the future. In doing so we might focus upon the changing and growing reality, aware of the worthiness or not of what we are doing rather than the seduction of how it might appear to another whether in anticipation or recounting. The idea must be opened up and dealt with, despite, in fact due to, this being a messy and difficult pursuit who’s only sure end will be an inability to account for all the pieces let alone resolve them into something so universally understood, acknowledged and impossible as a result.
Ralph Dorey
Friday 25th June 2010
Walthamstow









































 Five quotes

“I care not to perform this part of my task methodically; but shall be content to produce the desired impression by separate citations of items, practically and reliably known to me as a whaleman; and from these citations, I take it- the conclusion aimed at will naturally follow of itself”
Melville, Herman Moby Dick

“For the architect working in the ninetieth and twentieth centuries, history was understood not as a sequence of discrete events but as an agency with its own, irrefutable patterns laws, and logic”
Boyd Whyte, Iain Modernity, Architecture, and The City

“The dam, consisting by now of macro-seeds that are hooked together and further augmented by true organic growth, begins to catch the first spring run-offs. Seeds mulch, topsoil, and other organic principles are captured by it; the dam grows both literally and figuratively. Within three to six seasons it has grown into a compact area of vegetation and a permanent trap for capturing topsoil.”
Papanak, Victor Design For The Real World

“It is none the less true that these influences are so many threads which bind up the system to another more extensive, and to this a third which includes both, and so on to the system most objectively isolated and most independent of all, the solar system complete”
Bergson, Henri Creative Evolution

“Look. All is men. Water alive.”
Kurasawa, Akira Dersu Uzala


















Saturday, 14 August 2010

thanet





mosquito bites

When cycling, you should roll your jeans up. When you are cooking in the dark in the woods at night, you should roll them back down. You should also allow for 20 minutes after you have got into your tent and sealed the door to check for and evict any insects. Even if you are sure that they don't bite.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

More camping.
I can recommend gas lanterns and micro stoves. Also chorizo and cider.
Moved tent this morning due to theatrical performance. Brief loss of will. Then found clear spot in wood with only one red ant nest. Tent is up. Back to order.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Once again... Daryl Brown

Below is a press release I just got in my email



THE RESIDENCE CELEBRATES IT'S 5th YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH THIS FLAMMABLE ART PRIZE & AUCTION:

HACKNEY WOOD
5/08 - 2/09/2010

"A rather intriguing sounding exhibition themed around wood, as material, symbol and idea." - Tom Jeffreys, Spoonfed.co.uk
Please find full press release attached.

PRIVATE VIEW THURS 5 AUG, 18:00 - 22:00

AWARDS CEREMONY THURS 2 SEPT, 19:00 SHARP! 
don't miss procession from gallery to secret ceremonial location
(Dress-code: Red carpet, swap diamonds for wood)

COMPETING ARTISTS:
ADAM VASS
KAYDE ANOBILE
ROBERT HAUKENES
SIMON MILLGATE
CHRISTINA MITRENTSE
MATT GEE
DONNA WALKER
LAURA MAY LEWIS
JOSEPHINE CHIME
JONAS RANSON
DARYL BROWN
JAMMIE NICHOLAS
GERALDINE RYAN
FABIENNE JACQUET
LILI SPAIN
FRANCESCO BENENATO
CECILE EMMANUELLE BORRA
ALEX CHINNECK

Voting polls and silent auction become live online and on site this Thursday.
We do hope you can join us for this very special accolade and chance to bid for a champion work of art yourself!

High five and best regards

Ingrid Z
Director, The Residence
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