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I’m back in my space in Cathedral Studios and I’ve been trying to maintain some kind of creative momentum over the Summer holidays from Art School. Here is one wall drawing at 3 stages of development:

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summertime drawing 2

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Here are some photographs of the three drawings I created for the end of year exhibition at the Belfast School of Art. I realised I need to include more ones of the room to achieve a sense of scale.

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Iris

One of the 3 wall drawings I currently have on display in the Orpheus Building, Belfast as part of the MFA show. I am honoured that the image was used in the exhibition flyer.

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The show will continue this week at the following times:

Monday 8th June: 9am to 5pm
Tuesday 9th June: 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 10th June: 9am to 5pm
Thursday 11th June: 9am to 5pm
Friday 12th June: 9am to 5pm
Saturday 13th June: 10am to 5pm ( show closes)

nest

Further wall drawing, further following of rules.

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d r a w i n g

The plug socket is included to give a sense of scale.

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I cut out the traced blob indentation shape that keeps recurring in this work and projected it using this antiquated overhead projector; the reliable, clunky type I remember from school.

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I moved the projector across the floor. The shadow shape was repeated at intervals across the wall five times.

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The projector was moved progressively closer to the wall, and the resultant shadows drawn around. This made these concentric blob shapes.

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I continued to work using this process at at intervals until the day of our group critique, the predetermined finish point.

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The piece was accompanied by a fifty second tape recording I made by digitally slowing a ten second recording of me playing bass drum and hi-hat down. I shifted the pitch down and added a series of effects using a program called Wavepad sound editor. I chose analogue audio tape because of its warm hiss, it’s imperfection. The piece was interpreted as the sound of marching boots, or of an industrial process involving heavy machinery.

Fellow students and teaching staff thought that the sound and the drawing seemed to coalesce to a greater extent than before.

The wall turns black, ready for new drawings.

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Our mid year show opened on Thursday night at the Belfast School of Art. Thanks are due to to all who attended. The area I share with the other part time MFA students looked like this

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I’ve added a black band to the top and bottom of the main wall piece. I like it as a frame, but I’m aware the lines aren’t completely straight- I spent a couple of hours on Thursday trying, and failing, to get this right, it is probably time to invest in a spirit level. Fellow student Damien Magee has been painting the pipework in the space different colours since September. I like that some of the pipes are now interacting with my drawing, establishing a conversation.

I brought my drum kit in and performed some improvisation with my friend Michael O’Halloran playing guitar. He used a loopstation to repeat ideas, and then layered dischordant notes. Heartfelt thanks are due to him.

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I think our course director took the above picture. I also included a small projection of a video I have made of my working on the wall from the early, tentative stages. It has been deliberately projected low down and at a small size, separate from the work. The idea is to have several pieces of stimuli that can openly question the relationship between the rhythms people have percieved in the drawings and the act of making, as well as the time based rhythms created by the guitar and drums. The noise we made reverberated around the space. I think Damian took some video of us playing, I will hopefully be able to upload some of this in future posts.

The show is open to public

11am-3pm on Monday 19th January

Tuesday 20th: closed

Wednesday 21st: 11am-3pm

Thursday 22nd 11am-3pm

I will be performing noise improvisations with special guests  at the following times, all are welcome to attend these.

Tuesday 20th 10am

Wednesday 21st 11am

Thursday 22nd 12noon

The hope is that musical improvisation can stimulate further wall improvisation. I will not seek to create finished work, only to push further what already exists.

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I talked about a need for new approaches to the ongoing wall piece in my last post. Since then I have been conducting experiments with new forms:

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Responding to criticism, I have chosen an indentation in the studio to trace and repeat in the above rhomboid form. Care was taken to ensure the chosen mark’s shape could not be easily read as animal like, or to evoke many associations beyond it’s own pure form.

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I am preparing for our MFA mid term show this Thursday night in the art college. Rather than try to seek a resolution, where the whole wall coheres as a piece, I have decided to heed one of my tutors advice and set up an experimental drawing ‘lab’ for the duration of the show. This will free me up, the idea of having to produce a ‘resolved’ piece fills me with anxiety. In my experience anxiety is a perrenial enemy of creativity.

One possible idea would be to use black as a framing device, perhaps with the repeated blob shape, as in this hastily mocked up photoshop picture:

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This would heighten the impact of the central band of marks. Another idea for potential development is sanding the wall. I like the looking through tracing paper effect of this, as seen in this small section:

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The piece will continue to evolve in the coming days, over the duration of the show. I will be performing in a time based work. I’ll update this blog with what happens.

Documentation of piece in progress on the walls of my studio space in the Orpheus building in the Belfast school of art. The building is to be demolished in June.

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I set myself the parameters of only using black conte crayon to trace, and pencil to transfer marks. Traced marks were only to be from sources present in the MFA studio environment, such as cracks in the floor and plasterwork and stains from spilt paint. The majority of marks come from traced knots in plywood boards. I like their shapes, and on a deeper level am intrigued by how they mark the passage of time and growth of the trees that were used to make the wood.

The tracings are transferred to the wall several times, the marks become fainter each time. Sometimes the pieces of tracing paper are loaded with crayon again to achieve a darker line. It is a fragile and delicate material to use, it often rips when a sharp point of a pencil passes across it.

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