Wednesday, 30 December 2009
A couple of pictures found in an old photo album of my dads. He would have taken these when he was around 15 with his Kodak Instamatic. Discoloured over time, but I quite like what they have become.
Again the idea of collections. In this case, part of "a photograph collection" of a time and a place.
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Friday, 11 December 2009
I love Sofie Calle. And if I could have any book in the world it would be this one.
I had seen the above images from "The Chromatic Diet" a while ago and really liked the idea. It wasn't until much more recently I paid proper attention to the text to go with it,
"In Leviathan, Paul Auster describes Maria: "Some weeks she would indulge in what she called 'the chromatic diet', restricting herself to foods of a single colour on any given day." In order to bring Maria and myself closer together during the week of December 8-14, 1997, I decided to go by the book."
Yet more coincidences, as Paul Auster wrote The New York Trilogy, which I am currently reading (see last post). Sofie Calle had enjoyed Auster's previous books, probably including the New York Trilogy, and then asked him base a character on her in his next book, which he did in Leviathan, and then she went on to make work from this. Including the "Chromatic Diet". So I should also read Leviathan.
Also coincidently, today falls into the same week that Sofie Calle followed the Chromatic Diet, December 8-14, exactly twelve years later.
I really love Sofie Calle's work, but I can also see why people would hate it. A lot of it could be viewed as being overly sentimental, but I think she gets away with it, as she is just doing what she would do naturally, and it just so happens that this can be seen as art. It therefore happens very naturally, and she doesn't worry about it being "arty" enough or or too sentimental.
"I didn't see myself as an artist. I was playing for time"
Thursday, 10 December 2009
In my current work, I have been collecting things. Objects, drawings, photographs, sentences, ideas, thoughts and so on. As I did so and began to accumulate a volume of stuff, all these connections and links started appearing. Therefore my tutor told me to read The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster as a running theme throughout all his books is coincidence.
So I was sitting in the Cameo cafe/bar the other day, reading this book. In the chapter I was reading, two men were having a conversation about books. At the same time, I was half listening in to the conversation going on at the table behind me. At this table, there were two men talking about books. So this went on for a while, half reading about two men talking about books and half listening to two different men talk about books. Then one of the men behind me started recommending books to the other; a series of books called the Millennium Trilogy.
So I think I should read those next.
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Saturday, 5 December 2009
We finally got to see Regina in real life!! Just as amazing as I thought she would be, if not better.
Not only do I love her music but it's also really interesting to listen to her talking about her work:
Interview on "The interface" (particularly from 2:16 - 3:06 where she talks about the importance of playing and experimenting when making work)
Interview from 2007 (especially from 7:26 - she is just too sweet!)