Wednesday, March 28, 2012

face transplant

Richard Norris

Connie Culp

Monday, March 26, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Always been fascinated by hand gestures, I'm entranced whenever I see people 'signing'. I wonder what the original meaning of the gesture in this old phtograph was.

It's looks to me like a benediction but the net is inconclusive.

"Shuni Mudra hand position. The tips of the middle finger and thumb touch. Emotional/spiritual use - Helps being aware of the moment, and thereby makes one more patient. Hold the finger positions with both hands, for at least a couple of minutes."

or it symbolises a rectum !

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Stage One Presentations May 2012

The presentation to respond to the following points:

Power Point or Studio* visit Presentation 10 max plus Q&A (If studio please let Gill know asap before the schedule is sent)

Select 4 piece of work from which to base you presentation - these can be research or finished works

The main point of the presentation is to reflect upon what you have done and what how you have developed your ideas and practice since Oct 2011:

The main points to consider

· What your work addresses and the form it takes

· Context – in what context are you working or informing the work (influence)

· How the work/ideas have developed

· How you have supported this process (research/explorations/workshops/shows/reading)

· What you intend to address in the work/practice next year


statue mannequins

ball jointed doll


Andro Wekua


charles ray

Mannequins, Manners, and Mutilation


Monday, March 19, 2012

Sutapa Biswas

Sutapa Biswas was the last of the artists giving a talk about their work before the Easter break, though it was already a few weeks ago. 

First off she got my admiration for clear speaking, how few realise they can't be heard when they are facing the screen and not the auditorium. Rattled that the next lecturer was psycho about being delayed. we got qa whistle stop tour of her background - I won't forget the image of the Punjab agriculturally poisoned after partition. It became a bit unclear after that (I don't have my notes on me) though an audio piece in the Pitt Rivers museum stood out, and a video with her son and a horse.

I could have listened to her all day.

This was supposed to be an attempt at some writing, but I have to go and walk the dogs. Ho hum.

Betty Grable - Springtime in the Rockies 1942

Sunday, March 18, 2012

history of ideas

semantics v semiotics


  • Semantics: Relation between signs and the things to which they refer; their denotata, or meaning
  • Syntactics: Relations among signs in formal structures
  • Pragmatics: Relation between signs and the effects they have on the people who use them

Friday, March 16, 2012

you are here

I am not here

conceit Central

Central conceit



Suspension of disbelief



Impression management

robert ryman

"Ryman is often classified as a minimalist, but he prefers to be known as a "realist" because he is not interested in creating illusions, but only in presenting the materials he has used in compositions at their face value"

john mccracken

john mc cracken
potentiality v actuality . . . . .


  1. Actual existence, typically as contrasted with what was intended, expected, or believed.
  2. Existing conditions or facts.
potentiality [pəˌtɛnʃɪˈælɪtɪ]
n pl -ties
1. latent or inherent capacity or ability for growth, fulfilment, etc.
2. a person or thing that possesses such a capacity

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Friday, March 09, 2012

How to Draw with Steven Appleby

"It is, I own, not uncommon to be wrong in theory and right in practice; and we are happy that it is so.

Men often act from their feelings, who afterwards reason but ill on them from principle; but it is impossible to avoid an attempt at such reasoning, and equally impossible to prevent its having some influence on our practice, surely it is worth taking some pains to have it just, and founded on the basis of sure experience.

Edmund Burke. A Philosophical Enquiry.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

more lost research . . . .

Never got to see this - but was interested in two identical performances, one filmed long ago, the other live and in the present. Not that I got to see it - the review came out on the last day of performance. The one video I've seen didn't look very meaty - but I managed to find it all the same - now back to bed with Edmund Burke, Joseph Adisson will have to wiat. . . . .

Lucinda Childs

AH clusterfuck ! Philip Glass, Sol Le witt Minimalism !!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

. mmm memories . . . . .

I haven't read it yet . . . . 


Considering two months of my research have vanished from my studio space this week - was intrigued when I spotted this today . . . . .