Thursday, 11 November 2010
An amazing fog descended on the beach at Essaouira, on our last day.
Rich colours from the souk in Marrakech
We have just returned from an eight day stay in Morocco, spread over three centres: Marakech, The Atlas Mountains and Essaouira. All were extraordinary for very different reasons, but it was a genuinely chilled break, and it gave me an opportunity to road-test my new compact camera - a Lumix LX3. I often feel uncomfortable pulling out a big, expensive looking digital SLR in certain situations, and wanted something more discreet looking and quicker to use. The LX3 proved itself to be at least the equal, and in many cases, superior to my SLR! It shoots RAW files and has Leica optics, and is sturdily built from metal.
The light in Morocco is an artist's dream, as is the cornucopia of vivid colours and unique fusion of cultures. If you want to see more, head over to: http://gallery.me.com/john.rixon#100108&bgcolor=black&view=grid
Friday, 3 September 2010
In anticipation of the arrival of my new A3 printer, I am working on a number of images I took last year in Iceland. I am proofing these shots on Canon's "Fine Art Photo Rag" paper,at A4 and the depth of colour and tone are remarkable. It was also wonderful to re-visit these shots, this process always transports me back to the location.
Friday, 27 August 2010
As one involved in art education, I intend to make it one of my goals this year, to instil in each and every student I come into contact with, that plagiarism is possibly the only cardinal sin in our profession. That the difference between being influenced by, and lifting someone else’s ideas is a massive chasm, NOT to be crossed. And I urge anyone else, who is in education, to pass this post on, so as a collective of creative educators, we can help to assert a strong zero tolerance. And if we see any instances of this foul practice going on, we alert our community to it, and hound them out of business. All we have is our ideas and our style – it would appear that we need to guard it more closely.
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Well, after 5 months of creating and editing video for Quiet Voices, I never want to look at another video file....not for a long while, anyway. So, I have set out to make work on paper, stuff I can actually hold in my hand. So here are the first few doodlings!
Friday, 13 August 2010
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Well, another year (academic) draws to a close, students we have nurtured and (in most cases!!) cherished are at the point of leaving for pastures new. I feel. as ever, sad to see them go. They feel like family in many ways, and it is impossible not to become attached to them. We finished the year off in style, with a final show, followed by refreshments at the beloved Dove. In fact, a good deal of us became very refreshed indeed, leading to good honest banter and a few chosen photographic opportunities (see above).
I have to say, it has been a real pleasure and honour to work with both the staff and students of ND2 and Foundation. Although it can be a roller-coaster ride throughout the year, the overall vibe of the place is still untouched by anything! Good luck to you all, and keep in touch.
One last mission - the Cambridge trip...........oh yes!
Saturday, 22 May 2010
Continuing on the long path of creating content for Quiet Voices at the Big Chill. I am trying to aim to create around 5 minutes of animation a day until July - hence the title! Some days, when it all goes tits-up, it seems an impossible task, but I reckon I'm on target. I have to say, it is not always easy to envisage 5 screens all running at once and, in reality, folks will probably only be able to see, at most, 3 of them at one time. The prospect of lighting such a big space with video, however, drives me on, and I have now seen the content tha Tim Hetherington and Kate Flurrie are working on, and this promises to be really beautiful, and very different from my own work.
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Saturday, 8 May 2010
Just got back from our trip with the students, to New York. We had a short stay there, in the heart of Chelsea, taking in the sights and galleries of this extraordinary place. Feeling - as predicted - really odd being back in Suffolk, but I am enjoying the quiet.....More pictures to follow.
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
I can now confirm that The Big Chill has asked me to programme the Igloo Stage for Sunday's ambient night at this year's festival at Eastnor Castle!
Following the success of “Quiet Voices” at TATE Britain in January, I am proposing to bring that experience to The Big Chill.
Using 360 degree projection in the Igloo (the blue bit in the image above is the screen), the space will be submerged in down-tempo and ambient sounds, and bathed in lush, cinematic visuals shot around the world. Music from Enrico Coniglio, Alucidnation, Another Fine Day, Ben Mynott, Mr Tom & Input Junkie; Video installations from: Simon Wild, Muffled Visions, Francesca Coniglio, Phoebe Rixon and Tim Hetherington. I will be presenting audio-visual collaborations with Tom Green (Another Fine Day) and my visual piece set to “The 4th State” by Jon Hopkins.
The festival runs from 5th. - 8th. August 2010. More info here: www.bigchill.net
I am now officially excited!
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Beginning to clear my memory cards out, ready for New York...!
Sunday, 28 February 2010
I cannot explain why, at this time of great weariness (Sarah, my beloved, has a new job in London - this involves us setting the alarm for really silly hours in the morning) I am enjoying (!) a really prolific spell. I am SO TIRED. There, I've said it. Yet out of this daftness seems to come films, images and lots of folio watching....
College work is tough but wonderful, if that doesn't sound a contradiction. Students are buzzing away, getting places at universities and generally keeping me real and happy.
Jess brought me back the catalogue / book from the Van Doesbur exhibition at Tate Modern, this is giving me a lot of pleasure at the moment, and I am looking forward to seeing it for myself - perhaps once this term is out of the way.
And, to cap it all, as I type this, there is a blackbird singing in my garden - it is dark and 6.00pm - this is a sure sign that spring is on her way.....thank fuck for that.
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Sunday, 14 February 2010
The upshot of this is that I, along with my daughter Phoebe and former student Lucy Wilson are to make four films for their forthcoming UK tour. I shall be using material collected and shot on my last visit to Iceland with Simon Wild - who will also be contributing photography for the pieces.
I have already made a start to this project, some stills below:
Sunday, 7 February 2010
I am exploring the possibilities of using a set number of specific elements within a digital collage, altering only the scale, colour and position of these common elements. I'm finding it really helpful in focusing on purely the composition, and particularly, how colour is a crucial compositional element. This could go on and on, or I could find myself distracted with something else, as is often the case.
And a Triptych to finish the day off!
Friday, 5 February 2010
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Friday, 1 January 2010
Just finished 2 collages for this event: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=138933567287
Then naturally, couldn't resist scanning them in and messing with them in Photoshop!
Must find the perfect collage glue - that'll be my mission for 2010 - and no, despite it's brilliance, Display mount ain't it...............