Well it’s difficult, isn’t it always? Well whilst I have image files from ur:white night uploading to my dropbox, Facebook not taking all the images I wanted to upload so waiting to get them back under-way, Fickr though has them all, film work of ‘Bodies Pressured‘ finally edited together and rendering (once which I will have to export and upload to show Bruce Nauman (it is only polite)), in the middle of creating twitter Doctor Invasive which I’m not sure what to do with, writing press release for ur:purple, inviting more artists , I’ve a logo to look at, wedding pictures to do of course, oh and I’m sure other “stuff”. So the point? The point is ‘In Spite of Myself’ or is it ‘Inspite of Myself‘, maybe ‘In spite of oneself’ I’m even considering ‘Despite Myself’ or ‘Despite‘. It is of course helping just writing these down, it always does. I’m reworking the paint of course, the left hand side as you look at it I’m happy with, the right not so. For obvious reasons I guess, in that the cloud formation makes to much of a shape, but also for there being too much blue, and this is not just at the fault of the right. Whilst the connotations to the feeling ‘blue’ are good, blue skies are just downright too positive to be in something like this. I do need it to be calm though, so no stormy skies, the spite needs to applied to a serene figure, that I believe is where the power is. Anyway, work in progress……..
I know this one well. The flowery language to describe the bland, to cover up the art of banality with words that conjure up visions of ecstasy. This is something I mentioned in my final submission for my Visual Art Degree, I refused to write the usual Artists Statement. The one where you talk about confronting the zeitgeist with banality of the bourgeois beast that lie within us. The one where your ability to write this crap far outweighs your actual art. We see it everywhere, whether from burgeoning new artists or from the gallery elite, and no one is doing anything about it. Hopefully this Guardian article might start to wake up somebody, http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2013/jan/27/users-guide-international-art-english, by Andy Beckett. (You should read this now, and this http://canopycanopycanopy.com/16/international_art_english)
I knew plenty within our course at university that would portray an outwardly artistic glow, ones who you thought were ‘Of The People’ and “By The People’. The ones who you’d expect to be principled about such alienation, but no, they play this sick sad game. They use their education to push their mediochre (sic) art along. During those last few weeks of my degree course I read many of these ‘Statements’, my flabber aghast at the horrors that had been created. I also read those that struggled to compete with these fine words, their art no less worthy…..But, and you know it’s a big but, but you know who will get the funding, you know who will get the chance at a show, the opportunities. And how do we know this? Well how many artists with a learning disability are represented within our art world? How many just plain old people who don’t use these terms? Ones that have not passed through the bowels of a university art school? (Although yes even those that have avoided that dim dark place still offend, perhaps even more so as they struggle to be accepted) You just don’t get them, you’ve more chance of finding a gay footballer in one of the English football leagues than an artist with a show in a well regarded gallery.
Anyway, what would I know? I went from being a previous “A” student to being a ‘C’ student for that final module. That’s how much I know!
So what should you do? What should I do? Speak and write plain English. Talk about our art openly and honestly. Stop using words you know will just confound people. Sometimes I feel the art world feels much maligned, a victim, “why don’t people understand us?” they say. Why do they mock? Art & Culture matter, it is the Mona Lisa the world celebrates and remembers. Not the trader that commissioned it. We are in danger in these new times of a new realism of becoming detached from society, being those “arty wankers” over there. In fact are we not already there?
Which reminds me……………..
“Doucement, ne les derangez pas
Ilya des gens qui vive comme ca
Les artistes de demain
En desespoir agréable”
Excuse my French.
My work explores the relationship between the universality of myth and unwanted gifts.
With influences as diverse as Machiavelli and Buckminster Fuller, new variations are manufactured from both simple and complex structures.
Ever since I was a postgraduate I have been fascinated by the theoretical limits of the zeitgeist. What starts out as triumph soon becomes debased into a carnival of greed, leaving only a sense of decadence and the inevitability of a new synthesis.
As wavering derivatives become clarified through emergent and personal practice, the viewer is left with a new agenda of the corners of our culture.
Thank you http://www.artybollocks.com
Firstly, when will the tax office get off their phone?! It’s been engaged now for an inordinate amount of time. This is like when my Mother takes the phone off the hook as she doesn’t want me inviting myself around!
Secondly; just what do people with Alzheimer’s want to colour in, and just how detailed? I’d never considered this before, even though I knew about the therapeutic nature of the creative process and this simple task. http://cazadlington.tumblr.com/post/40282744593/thecolouringbook-org to see more about this, or http://thecolouringbook.org/
Thirdly; I forget thirdly. Perhaps that is to do with me writing more lists, I need to do that a lot more!!
Maybe very telling just how old those works are and how unhappy I’ve been with my recent output. I can’t quite put a finger on what it is about these two pieces that I don’t get from newer work, work which after all should be more complex and refined.
Father; maybe I should be doing more works reflecting my relationship with my Father? was this the driving force that pushed this work forward? That made it resonate? Was it the mixing of the different aspects of art that so works for me? I’m afraid I seem to have more questions than I do answers. I’ve even trawled through the “likes” and comments of Tumblr to see if something jumped out, http://darksilenceinsuburbia.tumblr.com/post/22285061686/robert-james-maclese-father-p88e404995ou-the but nothing really. Father may yet remain and enigma oh the irony. It is irony isn’t it? Or is it just misfortune?!
The Other piece; Manchester A Personal Space, so to do more work about Isolation I should after all have my Platform work on here as it most closely reflects that. In fact, something I’ll do now!
Well feeling my way around Tumblr has been interesting, creating a page and posting a couple of things to get myself acclimatised. I said I’d never do the Tumblr thing, I said I’d not do a lot of things, but the flattery of seeing my work posted by others on there eased me in. Although I’ still not sure how I feel about someone taking my picture and doing their own edit of it, placing type etc. There’s one thing people passing comment on your work, another fckn with it !
These two I’m more akin to, well they haven’t messed with my work so that helps; http://significobs.tumblr.com/post/25098597522/darksilenceinsuburbia-robert-james-maclese#notes , http://thetinhouse.tumblr.com/post/24718814615/darksilenceinsuburbia-robert-james-maclese . I must admit this is a favourite piece of work, which I’d not received much feedback from tutors about at Uni. This had led me to believe it wasn’t really as impact full as I’d believed, and that maybe it was just too personal. Now I realise maybe I didn’t ask the right questions, or just my tutor support at Salford Uni was crap.
Perhaps I’ll just stick to what I have at the moment!! Tumblr and me on it.
My changes to this site have been started, the re organisation of my work. See if I can make it a little less confusing. The start of an Individual Photographs Page. A Contact Me Page. Plus moving pages about as I review them, I’m about to dig out my Artists CV, Statement and Exhibition Chronology Lets see how that goes!!
site, portal, whatever you want to call it. But that’s what I’m doing. Get it a little straighter, easier to understand? Check what I actually say in places! Plus of course make headway into getting work up that I’ve done, something I keep promising myself i should. Well now it’s new year and instead of constantly working on the ur:site, I’m giving myself some time here.
This to get in to place……..