The Given That Keeps on Givin’

Clunie Reid private view at the Contemporary Art Society. Video work – ‘The Given That Keeps on Givin” and stills culled from the video (printed onto perspex then silver inked.) feature in the exhibition.

Found and staged images are subject to intense re-workings through an arbitrary combination of digital manipulation, collage and a diversity of printing processes’

I’ll write up my recent studio work soon, but Clunie Reid’s video collage work chimes with my recent work manipulating and collaging found imagery, then applying paint to further disrupt the image and it’s meaning.

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Arebyte – NeoCraft show

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I showed three works work as part of the group show ‘NeoCraft‘ at the Arebyte gallery in Hackney Wick. ‘Premonition’ – a redacted comic book, ‘Gucci Women’, a video loop, and ‘My Dreams Aren’t Always So Sweet’ – a collage of various comic book panels, rearranged and then spray painted, a disrupted narrative.

The last work is a real progression for me, both in terms of the way I construct the image, but also in the finish I’m achieving (by changing printing technique as well as the way I apply the paint.

I’ll write up a separate post of the whole ‘matt linear vs gloss redacted and disrupted narrative drama’ that’s been going on for the last few months.

Chelsea Salon – Cons Project building

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I showed a test version of Do You Remember When We Met? at the Chelsea Salon on Friday.

It was a great opportunity to devise and set up a piece within about 48 hrs of being chosen to show.

What I learned:

1) Get their early. I didn’t want to be included in the showreel (largely ignored on the launch night) so wanted to have my own space.

2) Talk to the curator, security guard and buildings person. I needed all of their help at one point or another.

3) Negotiate space in a friendly way

4) Go the extra mile – I went to the space on Saturday to switch everything on / turn it all off. Even if someone was there to do it – it makes a difference if you’re seen putting yourself out a bit.