News of work in progress, exhibitions and events.

June 2021

World Book Night with World Book Night Artists in 2021 was by mail. Somewhere in this display case at University of the West of England is my contribution to the project. I also took part in the UWE book fair, BABE 2021, by submitting digital images of two recent books for the digital catalogue. It would have been held at the Arnolfini gallery in Bristol.

JULY 2021

The stone carving, last seen in October 2020 on this news page below, is FINISHED XXXXX  I am so happy about that. It’s the biggest carving I have ever done and it was physically demanding. After the exhibition it a will look great in the garden.

Desire Lines or Paths are of interest to Landscape  Architects and to Town Planners. It might be easier to take the city paths along the easiest route for pedestrians, not the elegant design solution or the best route for traffic.                                                                                                                                                  It is a kind of better design process, taking the essential journeys of the population into account, instead of forcing the long complicated “designed” route through the plan and into reality. What looks pretty on a plan (aerial view) does not make real life easier for people.

“Desire Lines”  2021  relief carving on Limestone  98cms x 30cms  £450.00

 

February 2021

 

 

 

THE FINAL PIECE

 The painting “20 Walks on Google’s Earth” has reached a conclusion. Two details are on the left. In these underpainting can be seen. The writing includes the names of the walks and other memorable incidents which happened during them.

THE TITLE suggests that Google, being so rich and helping to keep us under surveillance wherever we go, pretty much owns the earth. 

OTHER TEXT round the edges is copied from the list of functions you can access while using Google Earth. They suggest some remarkable abilities and the potential to control the world.

A Panopticon is an all seeing universal eye. It was used in the 17th Century to describe the ambitions of Kings and their map makers and later by people who objected to the activities of The Ordnance Survey in the 19th Century. I use it in a Google context.

Our walks are not published routes and may never be followed by anyone again. They are transitory. As the years pass, they are like shadows in our memories.

20 Walks on Google’s Earth  100cms x 80cms.

Part of the map project which, after the Covid Pandemic, is planned for The Folly, Settle, North Yorkshire.

November 2020

Google Earth Satellite Map, showing 2 circular walking routes.

20 walks in oil paint on canvas  100cms x 80cms.

 

20 Walks July – August 2020  

This new set of work for the Map Project is based on our walks, which we always record on Google Earth. By selecting one of the  recorded walks, we can see it on the satellite image. Above, on the photo of the Google screen, two walks are shown.

 How interesting the shapes are! I can see the bits where we got lost and had to double back. Can you see them on the oil painting?  They are both included on the canvas, but the lower one is reversed, top to bottom. (It’s red shaded) The other one is yellow, top right.

 The canvas includes 20 walks. As a work in progress, it needs more additional information. I’ll be returning to it later.  We have roughly 50 recorded walks altogether on Google Earth.

 

 

The short video records experimentation with the shapes of the walks. 

I made bent wire copies of the walk shapes and took rubbings from them. With a strong light from the front, the wires cast shadows onto the rubbings.

There are 20 examples of this – to be shown in exhibition in Settle, together with the painting. They will be exhibited as drawings and wire shapes. I hope to hang the wire shapes in front of the drawings to cast shadows onto the paper.

Our walks are not published routes and may never be followed by anyone again. They are transitory. As the years pass, they are like shadows in our memories.

Work in Progress.

 

 

October 2020

This stone carving is connected to the map project, which is destined, we hope, for the Craven Arts exhibition in Settle, now planned for summer 2022.

In the form of a way-marker which might be set into a stone wall, it directs the walker of footpaths towards “desire lines.”

I like the idea of desire lines. They sound mysterious and sexy. They seem unpredictable, like the progression of a relationship with twists and turns built in.

In fact, they are unofficial paths which cut through nature in unregulated ways. They are the result of people heading off into the territory of nature, wilfully and to the detriment of the nature they want to see. They are the opposite of official footpaths, as printed on OS maps.

The consequences of unregulated activity might be bad for the environment and spoil the enjoyment of others.

 

On occasion, desire lines in cities delineate the shortest route from A to B. The planned city route for walkers might have more to do with landscape design and vehicle movement, than the convenience of people on foot. What tired walkers in a hurry need is the shortest route.

 

Work in Progress.

September 2020

A lot of people working with Craven Arts, have been preparing for an exhibition which was to be in June 2020. It has been rescheduled for 2022, so fortunately I should still be able to show some map based work. Others are collaborating with me on the theme of Maps.

 

 

The Exhibition will be at The Folly in Settle and the organisers are keen that our work has a local connection. Focussing on the Ordnance Survey map of the area, I have picked out some of the symbols used to identify tourist attractions and made card cut-outs of them.

 

 

 

The card shapes are placed under the paper and rubbed over with a graphite stick. By using the card shapes in a dislocated way I seek to disrupt the facts, in the same way that many rules, moral assumptions and laws are being disrupted in our time. Mapping

The Ordnance Survey was a supreme example of measured accuracy. As with other maps, it was undertaken to make the deployment of troops easier and to show clear ownership of land.

 

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