Sunday, 28 February 2010

Hanging in there...

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

Sjaumst i Virginiu

I have finally finished the film! Frustratingly, I can't post it up yet as the band and Gis have not seen it yet - as I type, they are performing at the by:Larm festival in Oslo - So I have posted 4 stills from it. The film was made with video and photographs taken in April last year in and around the area of Hali Farm and Jokulsarlon, Iceland.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

An exciting new project!

One exciting outcome of my "Quiet Voices" event at the Tate in January, was meeting Gis "von Ice", manager of the emerging post-rock band "For a minor reflection" from Reykjavik. We talked loosely about collaboration, based upon the Iceland themed work I was showing that night.
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

Kit of parts

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

New work

Excited at the prospect of seeing Theo Van Doesburg's work in the flesh, after such a long time.

An a bit of fooling around with it in Illustrator.