This blog brings together fiction writing, reviews of contemporary art exhibitions and some short studies across a range of subjects. I’ve always considered ‘academic writing’ and ‘fiction’ to be inclusive fields and enjoy the points where they cross and contaminate one another. Like art, I consider writing to be a creative, generative and time-based process that brings to light new possibilities.
What, do you imagine that I would take so much trouble and so much pleasure in writing, do you think that I would keep so persistently to my task, if I were not preparing – with a rather shaky hand – a labyrinth into which I can venture, in which I can move my discourse, opening up underground passages, forcing it to go far from itself, finding overhangs that reduce and deform its itinerary, in which I can lose myself and appear at last to eyes that I will never meet again.
Foucault, Archaeology of Knowledge
Most recent fiction has been written under the guise of ‘Subtle Sci-fi’. Click on the Subtle Sci-fi Centre to link through to all the stories or read more about the idea behind the work. You can see a full listing of my art reviews by clicking on ‘Art Review: Base Camp’ or navigate the drop down menus.
I welcome any feedback and input, so please feel free to leave comments here or on any of the blog postings.
James Clegg studied Design and Applied and then Contemporary Art and Art Theory, Art at Edinburgh College of Art. He has worked as an art critic for Art Review and Art Monthly since 2008 and now works as assistant curator at Talbot Rice Gallery.