Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Paintings in the oval/elipse

I have been trying to get as much done as possible before I go off Fri on my hols for two weeks and I'm trying not to panic about the deadline for 'Uncharted Landscapes'.

I am really excited about the new body of work that I am planning, ( mind you it always is really exciting at this stage as the vision of creating a masterpiece is tanterlisingly within reach and hasn't yet dissolved in the reality of painterly production!), and I am trying to get all the preparation done ie; the studies and supports, so that when I get back I can really get stuck in. However still waiting on the delivery of one of the panels but hey ho!

For this new series I am experimenting with working within an eliptical framework, so having worked out how to actually draw an accurate elipse, I have been making templates, drawing out and masking off before painting the frame onto each support. This did prove to be quite a challenge, especially with the larger piece and it took quite a lot of adjustments to make sure that the measurements were spot on. I think that in the future it would be worth producing some more permanent templates in a range of sizes that I can keep and use again and again, this will help cut down on the amount of time it takes to do this.

Why an elipse? Well its different so its a good way to catch the viewers eye. It also has the feel of looking through a tunnel or window  - into another world? It has an historical link with painting and for me conjurs up a link with romanticism, although I can't qualify this. Lastly, it provides a frame for the landscape.

I'll let you know wether or not the experiment is working as the painting progresses.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Title for show - Flickering Visions

As part of my search for a title for my exhibition I have come across an interesting article on the internet which explores the connection between Cronenberg and J.G.Ballard re: their common interest in 'the interactions between landscape, technical systems and the body. Interesting reading.

One sentence really struck a chord:
 'the replacement of a reliable world of durable objects by a world of flickering images that make it harder and harder to distinguish reality from fantasy' (Christopher Lasch The Culture of Narcissism)

Quite appropriate I thought.

 Thus the title for the exhibition is   'Flickering Visions'

My latest works collage images taken from old paintings, photos and media; anchoring fiction with layers of reality.  Apocolyptic, dreamscapes that are colonized by the architectural fabrications of a futuristic world, they reference the search and subsequent failure by architects such as Buckminster Fuller for a new way of living, a utopian ideal, in response to the pressures on contemporary living from the effects of climate change, exploding population and shortage of planet resources.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

and so it continues

September is the deadline, 10th to 23rd to be precise. A solo show at morvah schoolhouse. Writing 'to do' lists and planning publicity, which is probably the most important thing, apart from the actual work that is, as what is the point of doing this unless it is to get my work out there and to be seen.

Need to come up with a title for the show. 'Playing in the ruins' is a real possibility, and hey with this blog already set up it would be easy to keep a log of whats going on with regards to the exhibition as and when they happen. Definitely worth thinking about.

Starting work on a series of new paintings, the studies look really promising, its wether or not and can carry this promise through to the final painting that will be the test. Watch this space!