Tuesday, 16 August 2011


River Dee. Taken from a railway walk starting in Ballater.

My fascination with decay continues...

...as does my fascination with stones.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

New work - preparation for some forthcoming video work.

Oddly enough, these pieces are the beginnings of a new body of video work, after a longish hiatus (self imposed). After a hectic year last year - which included both the Big Chill installation and my Tate event - I promised myself that I'd not open a video editing suite, or switch on a video camera until I really wanted to do it. So, I have occupied the time doing other things, like reading Art theory books, drawing sticking some of my video work on YouTube (Link above) and thinking. I have started to become very interested in spaces - interiors, if you will. The tree? Well, this has been an important tree for Sarah and I over many, many years, and it was about time I paid tribute to it. It is a magnificent, and very old sweet chestnut, near the Park Road entrance. It has suffered at least one major lightning strike, and is still standing. That makes it pretty amazing in my book...

Friday, 7 January 2011

Video work from Iceland 2010.

The Stones Speak from John Rixon on Vimeo.

The main feature from my "Quiet Voices" event at Tate Britain January 2010
"The Stones Speak", is one of a number of responses to 2 trips we made to Iceland. The legend has it that all of nature is organic and therefore is living. The Icelanders believe that everything has a voice. This video was shot on my last visit to Jokulsarlon, on the South Eastern cost - a lagoon that catches icebergs calving off the glacier to the north, these 'bergs float around this lagoon and eventually become small enough to drift into the sea. On the day I shot this, there was quite a wild current, causing the icebergs to move around, back and forth, almost as if the whole lagoon was breathing.

Sjáumst í Virginíu (See you in Virginia). from John Rixon on Vimeo.

This video was made for the newly emerging band "For a Minor Reflection", who hail from Iceland. It was shot on my second trip to Iceland, and is made from both stills and HD video footage.