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In August I collaborated with Platform Arts, Urban Scale Interventions and Connswater shopping centre to co-facilitate a large-scale community drawing workshop on the roof of the centre’s multi-storey car park with the theme ‘every grain of sand’ referencing how each individual person is unique and has a valuable contribution to make. The drawing was part of ‘Rooftop Summer Recess,’ part of the Eastside Arts Festival 2021 in Belfast.

There was a great response from participants of all ages who used the cardboard stencils of shells and abstract shapes I had made as a starting point or added their own imaginative contributions. The experience makes me want to do more community art, feels that it was successful in encouraging people from diverse backgrounds to join in.

Co-facilitator Meadhbh McIlgorm (left) from Platform and participants adding to the drawing.
Local artist
Many chalks were used over the weekend
Drawing in progress
Nearing completion

Platform enlisted the talents of photographer Simon Mills to document the exhibition. Here are a selection of his excellent images. In my experience good documentation is always important, this sense was heightened for ‘Rule Driven’ because Covid restrictions meant the public were not permitted to enter the gallery space, only catch fleeting glimpses from Connswater shopping mall windows.

drawing in process
drawings, drum kit, sculpture and projected video
Me at work
A still from iterations of a shape video
Drawing near completion
drawing detail

John Macormac is a recipient of a Support for the Individual Artist Programme award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

It was a real privilege to spend several dedicated months experimenting with the possibilities of Tilt Brush software earlier this year using an Oculus Quest 2 Virtual Reality Headset. This was in the lead up to “Project VR,” part of this year’s excellent Belfast Photo Festival.

The project culminated in a night of performance where I and the other two participating artists, John Robinson and Jane Rainey performed rehearsed Tilt Brush works, accompanied by the excellent Arco String Quartet. The feed from our headsets was projected live in the beautiful surroundings of Riddell’s Warehouse in Belfast. Thanks are due to the vast team of talented individuals who made the event possible.

Excellent photos by Michael Weir, CEO of the Photo Festival.

The incredible video of all 3 performances is available here: https://youtu.be/va6KxjS6slI

Shown as part of Rule Driven at Platform Arts, this video piece comprises photographs of a shape as it repeats in rows, one shape at a time. The audio component comprises layered percussive sounds and field recordings that include radio static and a washing machine fed through multiple effects. As new layers are added new sounds can be heard. When the drawing reaches the fullest point the process reverses until the wall is left blank once more.

The ordered repetition makes visible the process of drawing that follows a set of pre-determined rules, a framework for operation.

John Macormac is a recipient of a Support for the Individual Artist Programme award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

2112 10 sided shapes

First drawing of 2021, back at our kitchen table.

Attempting to heighten a machine drawn feel, hundreds of tiny human mistakes are always present.

White pencil on black recycled card.

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Star Chart Series VII

Mixed media on black recycled card

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Continually trying to add depth and intensity to these drawings. Composing with forms, densely worked areas need sparsity. There is a constant play of revisions; ghostly marks remain, distant remnants.

Detail:

Star Chart Series VII detail

Star Chart Series V

Star Chart Series Drawing V

Mixed media on black recycled card

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I’m moving between composed drawings and ones where a pre-determined process determines the outcome. This style is composed; working on it felt like the way I used to approach paintings and collages, where each part would effect the whole and many revisions take place before a fragile balance is achieved.

Accumulated II

Accumulated’ second version. Many offset layers are added in the hope of achieving a solid, almost sculptural feel.

White pencil on black recycled card
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Detail of centre:

Accumulated II detail

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I’m continuing this lockdown series, accumulating shapes in ordered and chaotic formations.

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Mixed media on black recycled card.

Detail:

detail of burst

planetary 2

AO

White pencil on recycled card.

Irregular forms repeated around a fixed point.

Detail:

planetary detail

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