Material, Form, Surface

As the closing/opening looms on Thursday, and today (Tuesday) I feel the physical effect of several hours spent covering a sculpture in foil or covering a wall with balloons, I reflect on some of the themes in my recent work in OVADA: I was aware of the predominance of wood in the space, which I […]

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Shape Shifting

There has been much written about Schwitters and his relationship with the modernist/ formalist tradition and the formal qualities of the Merzbau as seen in existing photographs and the reconstruction of it in Hannover, compared to his other work with found items, his ability to use material to hand, his habit of taking an empty […]

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The Thing

We are building a thing. This is not a group show. It is one artwork, one thing constructed by 12 artists. Each of us participates in its construction and sees what we have made grow into the structure. On returning, the structure has grown back to incorporate part, or sometimes most of what we made […]

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What is is

Stayed the night at Ovada. Found the space, or lack of space, initially hard to look at – visual territories feeding back in the creative secretion – enmasse – of structures, surfaces, shapes, spaces, materials, colour, questions and problems. I had brought: a large rug; 86 plaster bricks – photo etched with texts; an obsession […]

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Finding the Right Words As an Englishman, I like to choose my words carefully. In other words, avoiding controversy at all costs. Recently, I have used, in this still nascent blog, 2 words which may have negative connotations or even wrongly used. I used the word ‘languid’, partly because I like it (even though it […]

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The small and the organic

My first working days at OVADA were over the Easter weekend.  Construction started only a few days before, and I was impressed (if not overwhelmed) by the amount of space already occupied by wooden structures.   One of the things I am wondering: where are the spaces for considering small things?  Ephemeral things?  Organic things? Everything […]

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