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The Arts School – the start

So I have been quiet because I have been busy! 

1) the boy who will be 7 months old next week, amazing! 

I could spend all day watching him learn the world! The greatest time consumers!

2) The Little Art on the Green, more details next week

And 3) 

I have started an arts school! 

The Arts School will start running day courses in Drawing and Mark making and Reflective Practise. Come and spend the day on a beautiful farm in East Sussex. 60 acres of woods, fields and lakes. A delicious lunch is included, provided by Sam. So excited! A few spaces left for our intro day on July 8th and confirmed dates to follow! 

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British summer time

growing up my family called it “camping weather… 

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Saturday Addition 8: Floating cities

Today I am talking about “Paper” at the Saatchi Gallery, Sloane Square, London.

“Paper” showcases works on paper from around the world. The work ranges from political, to surreal, to architectural, drawings, paintings, installations and more! It is colourful, and dull, detailed and base. It is all about paper and as an artists that has used paper in my work, the exhibition is both inspiring and motivating. I will be looking at a few of the artists over the next few weeks but the first is the one that I most enjoyed.

The work I enjoyed the most is Han Feng’s “Floating City”.

This piece of work is made of little tracing paper buildings, floating above the ground. There is something playful and dreamy, like a cloud of structures. It reminds me of stories, and exploring, of seeing a new place for the first time, hence the chose of word “enjoy”!

I found the muted pallet, and translucent elements of the paper, the little bits of detail with other empty areas, gave me this feeling that I was experiencing a space for the first time. It reminded me of a ghost tour I did in London last winter, and the guide pointed out that the lamp post have the Coco Chanel Logo, along with the Duke of Westminster’s, and he the story that this was a love symbol, now this may or may not be true, the point I am making is that I never noticed before it was pointed out, and now I see the symbols on every lamp post in Westminster. The way this work is constructed with some details of architectural or urban spaces printed onto some parts, and others left natural makes me think of how we only see part of the world at a time, usually the part that is pointed out to us. Here are a few more pictures (thank you Saatchi for having a photographing policy that allows us to take pictures!)

What do you think?

What the gallery says:

Han Feng’s Floating City plays with deliberate contradictions from its title on down. Neither sculpture nor drawing, Feng’s piece is composed of hundreds of tracing paper buildings of various sizes, their laser- printed details deriving from images of city architecture, which are grouped in dense clusters and hung from the ceiling with transparent fish tackle thread. Hovering a couple of inches off the gallery floor, Floating City has an ethereal, almost spectral quality; it shivers and sways with the movement of visitors. Depicting a city – something we associate, especially in recent times, with population density, atmospheric pollution, architectural diversity and multicultural vibrancy – as something weightless, depopulated, semi-transparent and fragile, Feng’s work asks us to consider the city as something imagined, an idea as much as a place. This might be what a utopia looks like – a notion expressed in language, impossible to realise in reality.
The city’s pale palette certainly appears drained of life, as though emptied of occupants; the use of tracing paper implies preparation, a stage before completion. Looking down on this ghostly apparition, we’re separated from it both physically and conceptually: it’s perpetually distant, a mirage.

Text by Ben Street”

Exhibition reviews:
The Londonist: 19 JUNE 2013 | ART & PHOTOGRAPHY | BY: SARAH STEWART New Exhibition Shows The World Manifested Through Paper

The Independent


The only thing I am upset about is I didn’t see it sooner! Recently I have not been hugely inspired to go back to exhibitions and because of this I didn’t go to see this exhibition before, note to self, go to exhibitions as they open, not as they close!

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Explorations with photography – abstraction through colour removal and composition

Explorations with photography – abstraction through colour removal and composition. Photographs taken of woodland,and plants. The images are put through multiple colour correction processes, changed to black and white, cropped, rotated, and recessed again.

During the process I hold ideas of composition loosely,I try to be experimental, to allow something to evolve naturally, to learn something about the image through the process of making.

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Visit to the theatre

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20130731-112240.jpg “Person in a stairway in yellow light”

“London eye and a fun fair ride”

National Theatre Balcony during interval”

“London sky becoming night”

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The Serpentine Pavilion 13

“It is a really fundamental question how architecture is different from nature, or how architecture could be part of nature, or how they could be merged…what are the boundaries between nature and artificial things.” Sou Fujimoto

Yesterday I finally got around to see this years a pavilion. As I approached I was underwhelmed by the size. From brief glimpses on the Internet I thought it would be bigger, more consuming. As I walked around I became less sure of its mass. it is deceptive, with layers, levels and stairs. I feel I need to go back in different weather and at different times to see how it alters the structure. I have the impression this is part of the work. Aesthetically I like the basic shapes of lines and circles, and the white and grey sitting quietly, yet boldly in the space.
For further information visit the Serpentine Website:

Inside the gallery is the work of Sturtevant. This exhibition shows her works from 1970.
“Central to her thinking is the relationship between repetition and difference. The works are not ‘copies’ but probe beyond the surface to demonstrate the power of Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault’s thinking about repetition.” (Taken from the website). This work reminded me of my past exhibition re:09.03 where I used old damaged videos from my youth to consider the idea of past images being present in your memories.

Here is a piece that is created from the idea of using past images to create new works, and images of the pavilion.