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The photograph below shows two recent wall drawings, created in the weeks leading up to culture night Belfast on the 18th of September. A dark blue bass drum has been placed in front of them.

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Drawing I

triangle drawing

Drawing II

circle drawing

I also made a sound performance piece with Michael O’Halloran that evening, he using guitar and a loop station, and I playing bass drum, hi-hat and snare drum. The rules that governed this were as follows:

‘Loop station Performance’

  • The guitar will be playing within a loop that will repeat after a predetermined amount of time.
  • The tempo and the key will be fixed, and notes will be improvised within a recurring pattern.
  • The pattern will be manipulated with digital effects, but always manipulated as a whole.
  • The drums will follow the pattern established by the guitar.
  • The performance will last ten minutes.

The performance was intended to augment/activate the drawings in a thoughtful way. Just as they were produced by a process of repetition and layering of individual component shapes, the idea was to layer and repeat notes to eventually achieve a complex build up of sound.

 

2 drawings and drum

After culture night I decided to leave the bass drum in front of the drawings. The drum’s form is sculptural, the circular shape echoes the shape of the drawing. It is a resonant object both sonically and symbolically.

angular form

This is another summer drawing, created with a pre determined set of rules. White chalk on black wall continues the mathematical, scientific blackboard aesthetic of recent work. The form is composed of sharp angled triangles repeated to form a curved whole. Evidence of mistakes and revisions contribute to a sense of the organic, the working out of ideas.

Angular form 2

Spiral From 2

A recreation of an earlier work using black chalk on a white wall at Framewerk gallery in Belfast. This drawing was the basis of a ten minute sound piece exploring order and chaos which Ben Behzadafshar and I performed in the gallery. He played guitar and I drummed. It was part of the month long BASS sound art season in the gallery in June of this year.

The drawing obeyed the same governing rules as the original but the results are subtly different.

Spiral From 2 close

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:

summer drawing 1

summertime drawing 2

summer drawing 3

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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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)

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My end of year show will comprise 3 wall drawings, white chalk on black walls. Thanks to Paul Marshall for creating this time lapse.

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Wall drawing is becoming more focussed and minimal, though I hesitate to use that word. Something is activated when multiple layers of chalk are built up, the form appears more solid and sculptural.

nest

Further wall drawing, further following of rules.

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nest2

The Orpheus building wall piece has continued to grow over the last few weeks. I have employed the same rational, measured and almost ritualistic process of tracing and transferring marks in it’s creation.

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wall1

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Marks congregate around my eye level, the natural and most comfortable place to work. In this way I leave a trace of the mass of my own self on the space.

walle

Several sections occur where where marks are most layered and concentrated.

walld

A photograph of one wall inverted. I think it resembles a constellation.

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I could continue this approach until the end of the academic year, but I want to interrupt it and set new rules.

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