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 !

Let me know what you think? http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/maclese

Cheeky?!

Cheeky?!

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#noteshttp://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.

FATHER P88E404995OU (The Type Writer Dirge) 2010

FATHER P88E404995OU (The Type Writer Dirge) 2010

Should I now be looking to be on Pinterest as well?! http://pinterest.com/pin/73394668897307943/http://pinterest.com/pin/7951736813123429/

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!!

Anyway, next week: A trip to Castlefield Gallery to see the superb Tattoo City, sorting out the next ur:night of colour, editing together the documentation from that night and a whole lot more!

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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……..

White Noise

18th Avenue

Home Clear Signal - Pont de L'Alma Rambuteau Off Broadway

maclese-1019 Upper East Side

My life seems to be dominated by ‘White‘ at the moment. Unfortunately or not; not white Christmas cheer, or is that giving something away?!?! Anyway progress is being made with ur:and we have plenty of excellent guest artists to compliment our own artists on the night. Estelle Woolley, Mike Chavaz-DawsonSandra Bouguerch and Rosanne Robertson. (Plus another who I’m yet to fully confirm). I’m just hoping we can in future hold up the same standard in artists, I aimed to hit the ground running so to speak but this kind of line up was a dream! Now all we have to do is get people there, and that is always the hardest of things. No free booze or christmas gifts, just experimental art!!

Still massively behind in updating this site to include all works done, still no money, still carrying on regardless. Better get back to doing ur:stuffWhite Invite

So with my new drive to get myself back into production I’ve taken down and re-uploaded some Saatchi online work, and will now continue to go through my portfolio to update the work regularly. It feels good to be underway with this, and probably need to find other outlets through which I can do the same exercise.
To find me on Saatchi’s site…….. http://www.saatchionline.com/robertjamesmaclese
The work so far uploaded…….

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Hopefully later today we will be able to announce some ur:work that will happen soon, I kinda miss ur:performance and the outlet it gives you. Very easy to become blasé about that.

I’ve recently neglected my blog. My Artworks are sadly far behind being properly updated. For all intents and purposes one could have presumed I had died some sort of art death. Perhaps in many ways I had. The end of university brought with it many things, the of course sense of jubilation at the completion of four years of work, but also with that the relief of not having to read and interpret yet more art. Perhaps the biggest relief being not having to explain ones own art, something I’d started to resist within the course as I grew beyond its confines.
Whilst touching on the subject of “art death”, I’m intrigued by this……….. “I AM STILL ALIVE #art”. A statement on Twitter, produced everyday by the account; On Kawara. Firstly, just who or what is On Kawara? All the university education within art can not make you familiar with everyone, that would just be ludicrous, however as an artist who fancies himself. As a conceptual artist. An avid fan of Yoko Ono. Maybe this Japanese conceptual artist should have been more familiar? His date paintings are of course familiar, I should have looked deeper. And now will. The point however is….. “I AM STILL ALIVE #art”, from On Kawara twitter account. This account replicates his I AM STILL ALIVE telegrams. However this account is not On Kawara, it is not even generated by a person, apparently it is “posted via a Perl script”. That script launched by Pall Thayer, his “confession” is here. And I can’t help but love it. I have of course a fondness for the strange on Twitter, the first account I followed and the very reason for my own twitter account was not a “real” person. My Best Day Ever from Zach Gage. (http://www.stfj.net/art/2009/best%20day%20ever/). I love the brightness this brings to a dull day. So the point to this look at I AM STILL ALIVE? Well the first time I came accross it I was in excruciating pain. A few weeks back with the last efforts of university behind me I was not in a good way. I was using every pain killer issued to me, from the lowly paracetamol & ibuprofen through tramadol and up to the morphine. All the morphine. So this statement of I AM STILL ALIVE #art brought a question of mortality to me, I found my answer as; I AM DYING, or ALIVE IS A PAINFUL STRUGGLE. But should I reply? Does On Kawara look for answers from people he sends his telegrams and postcards to? Does our answer need to stay inside? How beautiful is it to reply in person to a generated script and the struggle of life? What is to be learnt from this? My answer is of course to follow and reply each day about just what alive is. Alive to me, alive to those around me and those not.

When I read about an artist I can not help but equate my own work along with theirs. It makes the ‘liking’ of them easier I feel. So when now I read of the blandness of his work, with documentation of routes and pathways. Journeys of the body reflecting directly in his work, I can’t help to think of ‘Middle of the Road’ & ‘Manchester A Personal Space‘.

Middle of the Road‘ is an on-going piece. Concerned with banality of middle-class suburbia, where I live and breath. “Middle of the road” often seen as a synonym for political centrism, it is of course much more than that. With these films I am asking the viewers to look beyond the predictability of the images presented, asking them to meditate on the human condition which is “the middle”. As a side note the tutors at university that viewed this film blanked it. No comments, no feedback, nothing. I have to thank them for the irony if nothing else. I should have of course passed it by more tutors, sometimes as I am sure is the way with all universities the tutors at salford uni just didn’t get it. Sometimes not a problem, as of course we all don’t understand everything, that is the joy of life. However to some tutors if they didn’t get it, well you were wrong! It was a constant surprise that whilst teaching it isn’t all about the aesthetic, so much of what gained their approval wouldn’t have looked out of place sold on eBay. All things considered I am glad I’ve carried this project on. My morning walk with Rudy (and now Izzy too) means I’m building a substantial collection of material, plus coming to understand a little more what I am actually doing!

Manchester A Personal Space‘; again took at its heart the banal walk. However this time I was looking a little more introspectively. Myself and the other lives that passed by my life within Manchester. Documenting the lives that inflicted the terra firma; chewing gum embedded in the pavement, fag butts against the kerb, tarmac patches covering the work of men below. The route taken was straight across Manchester, from Salford or Manchester Piccadilly train station. At the time I had no support package within Uni; so this walk across town had become essential for financial reasons, and incredibly painful for obvious reasons. At the end of the day at university this walk had become like a cross to bare, riddled with pain I reflected on the lives of others within my home town. A kind of meditation to bring relief. So camera phone in hand I documented that walk, taking pictures with my phone as fast as it would let me. Bringing an element of randomness I love. ( I had considered taking over lapping pictures with a real camera, then joining them together for one great long picture. Maybe another day for that.) That randomness, plus the movement and how it was dealt with my the phones internal structure is beautiful. I didn’t have to, or even want to do anything with the pictures in an edit. They sit as they were taken. Again I have a fondness for the work that far outstretches any positive feedback I got in University. Although a while back now so maybe I just don’t recall. I do remember the pain of that walk though; thankfully the disability support I later got enabled me to carry on university, something that just couldn’t have happened without it.

On Kawara ‘I Went’

I am Still Alive: The Search for On Kawara

http://transienttraces.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/kusinaonkawara1.pdf

On Kawara is not On Twitter

http://www.emvergeoning.com/?p=3401
About:Emvergeoning is an art blog based in San Antonio, Tex. The name is a word coined by Aaron Forland. We’re still trying to figure out what it means.

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/on-kawara?before=1318133089

People take On Kawara Twitter feed to be his, without real question
http://criticalmedia.uwaterloo.ca/crimelab/?p=875
http://my.opera.com/iland/blog/index.dml/tag/on%20kawara

Does On Kawara get up and think, am I real on twitter? https://twitter.com/afteronkawara
https://twitter.com/01181989
https://twitter.com/onkawara

http://blog.spinningkid.info/?p=587
http://s139022.gridserver.com/media/files/currency-the-book.pdf
http://cont3xt.net/blog/?p=1743
http://hyperallergic.com/1204/standing-on-the-shoulders-of-giants/
http://www.digipedia.pl/usenet/thread/17068/1203/
http://www.netbehaviour.org/pipermail/netbehaviour/20090429.txt

Decision made………. Reply. Reply with how I am when I read that tweet. A human response to a computer script. There is an innate beauty to that.

So it’s all done. Degree over and onwards into the rest….
Time to reflect. Over the next week or so I will do just that. Adding work that has been done recently and information about that work, how it all relates etc.
First up, is last up.

Bodies Pressured

Still taken from video footage of ‘Bodies Pressured’ performance piece.
Islington Mill, June 2012

By far the most enjoyable piece. Maybe as it was last, maybe as it had Bruce Nauman at its core?