Saturday, April 30, 2016

Phenomenology of Birds...works in progress


Etching, bees wax and photo-transfer image.

After two weeks of visiting the natural history museum here in Brisbane to study various species from the ontological collection tenuous threads of association are beginning to surface,,.seemingly impossible to keep the bird and the human form separate...references to the map weaving its way into the surface of things...'birds as maps'... at times all one needs is a title...almost impossible to see but the surface of these bees-wax embedded images have incisions of marks that relate to the notation of maps...coastal and interior spaces...everything is a map.     



Etching and bees wax (detail)
Etching and bees wax...(detail)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ornithological moments at the Queensland Museum


Several days of the past week were spent visiting the Queensland Museum studying the collections of bird species to commence a new series of etchings...at this  stage nothing more than a vague notion of using the images and the scientific descriptions of  birds to reflect upon the relationship between art and science,,,a space that perhaps should never have been severed to the degree that exits in present times...gs.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

MYTHO-POETIC: Print and Assemblage works


Mytho-Poetic: Print and Assemblage works...Sturt Gallery will host the second last showing of my touring show...I will visit for a weekend of workshops on May 28-29th...I'm not certain if there is an official 'artist talk' but I'm more than happy to meet and speak with visitors about the works...gs.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tracings:'Camera Lucida'



Something of an absence from making...a continuum of reflections and questioning of not so much the conceptual reasoning but the pure reasoning that one threads within the making. This latest offering is very simply a tracing of Roland Barthes "Camera Lucida"... his phenomenological reflections on the nature of the photographic image...each of its 119 pages including photographic images traced with a 2B pencil on drafting paper. It started out as an 'in-between' thing...something I thought I would tire of within a few pages but it seems to have gained momentum with elements of poetic detachment and meditative diversion.




                




Wednesday, October 21, 2015

'Fable in Brief'

 

 
A fable in brief is simply an extended description of what metaphor accomplishes. It avoids saying 'this' stands for 'that' and allows meaning to remain unfixed. This fluidity is also a displacement, one thing substituted for another. Metaphor like collage is always a disturbance, an enigmatic disturbance. It's illusiveness registers more poignantly what remains absent. Fable in Brief  is a slowly emerging series of drawing/tracings and etchings that will be bound into a collection of artists' books to celebrate the Year of the Print in 2016.
 
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(i) - (iii) Fable in Brief  Graphite on tracing paper

Friday, July 10, 2015

Hand-Bound Mirror Transcripts: 'Waiting for Godot'

                                                 
Object Poem:Mirror Transcriptions:'Waiting for Godot' 


It's difficult to write any exact descriptions of  this 'bookish' project apart from recognizing that the very process has reinforced the layered absurdest nature of Beckett's play. Perhaps in terms of process it parallels the concept that underpins the outcome of the Gestalt exercise of  making a line drawing copy of any image that is inverted. The copy of an image translated from an inverted  position will often produce a more accurate proportional drawing in comparison to the image copied from its correct position. For the Gestalt theorists understanding comes from presenting the familiar through unfamiliar forms. These pages seem to sway between both. 

                                               Act 1: Mirror Translations of 'Waiting for Godot'