Thursday, 1 March 2018


Nothing is an interesting concept. Below is a piece of writing from the 'Writing' section of this blog. I wrote it while studying at the Royal College of Art in a class with an interesting man named Peter Blegvad. He asked us to make a piece of writing with the aim to describe the notion of nothing


If you write nothing then remove if
you write nothing then remove you
write nothing then remove write
nothing then remove nothing
then remove then
remove remove

The link below is to an interesting article by Robert Krulwich from Radio Lab on the topic of nothing and two interesting ways to look at it, one of which is to do with an artist that has inspired me ever since I started making work, Robert Rauschenberg. 

Another interesting way to look at it is explained very nicely by Alan Watts in the following episode of Eastern Wisdom & Modern Life.

This quote from Krulwich just about sums up why I paint bins, or... Anything else for that matter -

"We are surrounded by Nothing. Everywhere we go, we have no idea what we're not seeing. We don't know what gravitational fields look like, what dark matter looks like, what quantum foam looks like, what de Kooning's drawing looked like, but what the scientists and the artists are telling us, in their very different ways, is that if we lean in, and pay very close attention, sometimes what looks like Nothing is the best place to find the most interesting ... somethings."

Monday, 13 March 2017

Helena Almeida, 'Drawing (with pigment)' 1995–9

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Jukebox by Run Wrake

This is an amazing film by the late Run Wrake. Its well worth watching if you 
haven't seen it and he has many other amazing films as well. The way he made
these experimental films by hand is staggering. I remember seeing one of his 
frames at the Royal College and how he managed to arrange such complex 
images while also thinking about how they move through time is really 
astounding. I hope one day my paintings are as interesting as his films.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

NY, NY---Francis Thompson, 1957

Photographs taken by me in 2010 

In this scene from Ingmar Bergmans film 'Touch' The central character Karen
 crosses from being seen as real in front of a mirror to being a reflection of 
her self inside the mirror

Mirrors and Reflections 2013    

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Monkeys Teeth (1960) Rene Laloux
Rene Laloux was born in Paris in 1929 and went to art school to study painting. After some time 
working in advertising, he got a job in a psychiatric institution where he began experimenting in 
animation with the interns. It is at the psychiatric institution that he made 1960's  Monkey's 
Teeth (Les Dents du Singe), in collaboration with Paul Grimault's studio, and using a script 
written by the Cour Cheverny's interns.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Isaac Asimov

Fantastic planet