Saturday, November 13, 2010

MONSTERS

I saw an advanced screening of Monsters the other week.

Its great. Gareth Edwards, the writer and director talked aand answerded questions afterward. You can find it here >

Gareth Edwards-Kate Taylor- -MonstersQnA- -02-11-10 Edited by PixelPalace

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Kodachrome



Just beautiful

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Does it seem to be persisting?



I remember making one of these Gysin dream machines in about 1994. It didn't do much for me. Looked nice though.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

200

The 8th Sphere (2010) - Florian and Michael Quistrebert


Hans Richter - Rhytmus 21

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Not only but also

Show a bit of support for this project if you have a moment

Also

I have started a new job. I'll go into it in more depth if I know you and we are in the pub.

But I figured this blog would be a good place to leave various bits of things that inspire me. So appologies in advance for any lack of personal content for a while i.e. dear internet I just stubbed my toe.

Light painting with an Ipad - http://www.dentsulondon.com/blog/2010/09/14/light-painting/

You're Not My Father, 2008 - Paul Slocum


Cloudscapes by Transsolar and Tetsuo Kondo Architects / Architecture Biennale Venice 2010

Sorry I havent posted

Well actually I'm not but this was just a little attempt to crowbar this post into Cory Arcangels sorry I havent posted and create an infinite loop that eventualy divides the internet by zero.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Help, bring beer!


Help there has been a terrible mistake. I am stuck at Euro Disney, I have been here for 2 days and 2 more to go. Please bring beer and a good book!

Monday, June 28, 2010

updades



I figured I had better update this blog just so it does not become dead space on the internet.

To be honest I have just had my head down writing and dealing with daily tribulations. Still writing up thesis, its going slow but its going.

The sun is out and I'm indoors mostly. We did sneak off this weekend to Kielder which was nice. However I am now shattered from hoisting the dude around (hes getting big these days).

I have some work coming up in a show at the CCA and a job interview this week.

Wish me luck

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Publications



2 interviews have been published!

1- A Brief History of Curating New Media Art

An interview with Magdalena Sawon & Tamas Banovich at Postmasters

2- A Brief History of Working with New Media Art

An interview with Michael Mandiberg at Eyebeam

Monday, March 08, 2010

Taking a moment to breathe and think

Wow so its all go at the moment. I'm just going to a mind dump here for my own future reference. Feel free to read and comment (comments are always good).

1. The shredder

This is up and running like a dream. I can't believe it is. Like most projects that are worth doing this one really stretched me. I have learned a lot about my own practice through this one, I will write and reflect more later, but the main thing is this project had that classic fight or flight moment. You know the one, you reach a point were it looks like whatever you are doing will never work and you wish you had a steady 9 to 5 job and bitterly regret ever calling yourself an artist. But I persevered and with the right help and support it is up.





2. Talks.
I have to do 2 x 1 hr talks this week one about the shredder and one about Datarama. I am trying to finish these off right now but I have plasterers/decorators round reaching the parts of my corridor a normal mortal cant reach. That wouldn't be so bad but they have local radio blasting really bad music..

3. Thinking about art.
I suppose this relates to the fight or flight moment again. Although most of my work probably fits into a conceptual category I still draw. I draw because it is an instant shortcut to good thinking for me. When drawing your not just thinking about balancing lines etc but the nature of what it is you are drawing, its relation to things you are not drawing and why you are doing it in the first place. I suppose for this reason I like some comic/graphic novel artists. These are people who draw compulsively, its like breathing to them. So it stands to reason that the good ones have something interesting to say.

Where am I going with this? well there is a journal I follow by Brandon Graham. In this post here he says something that was a lightbulb moment for me, "I was thinking, one of the things that can drag you down as an artist is thinking that it should get easy eventually. You think I`d know this but I always suprize myself at how it is always hard work." I have been very guilty of this thinking myself. I have become attached to the idea that I will get good at what I do.

So it might sound a bit far out but I think I am going to let go of this idea. The thought of not trying to be 'good' is a bit mind boggling and I suppose I should add the caveat that it does not mean that I will let the quality control slip but rather the idea that if I get good at what I do then it will get easier. Its a lot like being on a car journey with someone who is constantly asking "are we there yet?" After a wile it gets a bit irritating.

Friday, February 12, 2010

yes I know



I know its wrong but I laughed

Oh and this also

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Upside Downside

On the upside I did this simple drawing I'm quite happy with.


On the Downside, My back has gone (ever been to a chiropractor? Its awesome!) and worse than that my laptop harddrive has gone shit kaput. Don't think I lost very much in the way of work but I did loose and entire summers worth of photos. Wife was in tears. First person to say you should have backed it up gets a stern look. Most of it was, just not the photos, gaaaaa.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Rumpus


Morning

Well I got over the Lurgi. I am such a grumpy git when I'm ill. I wish I was dignified and graceful but alas I just hate everything and everybody until I reach optimum health, even then I'm not sure I could be called happy.

But today I have a few things to confess. Its probably best to do this in list form:

1 - I started weight lifting about 3 months ago. I figured my son needs a lot of lifting and handling plus he is only going to get heavier. So I decided to get ahead of the game strength wise and hit the weights. If truth be told I am loving it. I surprised myself.

2 - I set up a deviant art account here. I was interested in seeing how the community organises itself and it turns out some of my favorite illustrators use it so its handy to keep up whith what they are producing.

3 - I have actually started to enjoy writing my thesis. I hit a serious writers block, the presure had built up too high in my head and caused a big blockage. My supervisors were very good and encouraged me to write 200 words a day. I have been managing this and sure enough it is gradually starting to flow.

Friday, January 15, 2010

lurgi



No early rising today.

Got the lurgi.

Feeling grumpy.

Go away.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

E.R.L


Bed 11:30pm
Awake 6am

We took the cat to the vets yesterday. But it was too ill and I had to come to the hard decision to put her to sleep. I signed the forms and came home without her. I collected the kids from school and told them.

My daughter thought I was joking at first but then got it. She cried for a few minutes, now she wants a dog. It took longer to help my son understand but he finally got it although he now thinks she is sitting on grass in the clouds. This would be kind of OK despite my attempts not to bring religious metaphor into the situation but now he's talking about building a rocket so we can go and get her back.

Sometimes its hard being a Dad.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Early Rising Log - version 2




I will be attempting to become an early riser again. I tried a few years ago but it didn't last. I figured it is worth another shot.

The goal is to be in bed asleep by 10pm and up at 5:30 to meditate and write for an hour or so before I have to get the kids ready for school.

So today is the first entry.

Bed 10 pm
Awake 5:30 ish.

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