Fudging, fubbing, fulking and fullocking

The man appeared to understand and nodded his head. Clay wondered if giving the appearance of understanding was actually understanding, in some sense, and if duplicity of this sort was necessary for a society’s existence, maybe even at its basis or center, and not the ancient totem Emile Durkheim theorized. People regularly don’t understand each…

Remembering a non-throught.

There was a thought. A sense of it and then it went away. Now there is an awkward sensation when you try to recall it. You’ve never been prone to wince when nails are run down a blackboard, but, as you told your partner, you do feel that kind-of-neural-not-knot when pressing bitten nails against certain…

How to write a good essay

I thought I’d introduce my work as a teacher/lecturer to my blog. It seems blogs do provide a great platform for people to share ideas and even seek out a wee bit of mentoring. I’ve taught and been involved with contemporary art and art theory for about 8 years now and I’m happy to answer…

Apeshit: the greatest word in the English language

I’ll say it again, “apeshit”. “Ape shit” What an amazing word, or, phrase. It’s fairly easy to guess that going ‘ape’ means a cataclysmic descending to the state of a primitive ancestor, acceding all one’s civilized restraint in a moment of fury. But to go ‘apeshit’. That effectively heaps on top of a meltdown of…

Working ideas: Imagining art and immediacy

The word ‘immediate’ is based on the epithet, ‘something without anything in between’. Immediacy is therefore derived from a very peculiar spatial metaphor. It seems to require us to imagine two things or a split-thing and then revise the image because there is in fact nothing in-between it. It suggests that something can be simultaneously divisible…

Paik on Nature …

Paik on Nature (0004z) My experimental TV is not always interesting but not always uninteresting like nature, which is beautiful, not because it changes b e a u t i f u l l y, but simply because it c h a n g e s. The core of the beauty of nature is that…

Dipping in your toes…

A small section of a chapter as a stand alone bit of prose. The landscape provides the rhythm for a mind relaxed into hearing its inner drum. A smashed window – a parking lot – people parking a lot the old jumper on the railing over the city bypass and we pass by. It’s all…

An invitation to say what you don’t know

To ask you to say something that you don’t know might initially seem like I’m asking you to do the logically impossible. This is because we often imagine that words first form themselves in our minds before we say them out loud: so in effect you always know what you are going to say and…

Grandmother waits for you

Unpublished review of an exhibition at Embassy Gallery, 2009. For more information and images see Embassy. On a Website called The Stitchery it is possible to purchase an embroidered PhD diploma in Grandma-ology.  A survey of the Embassy gallery’s current show, Grandmother Waits for You, reveals how fraught, complex and compelling this imaginary subject would…

How to consider fluid art forms today.

A paper written when I was embarking on a PhD. Unfortunately, of fortunately depending how you look at it, funding wasn’t available. As life takes various turns this represents unfulfilled aspirations, but continuing interests. Introduction “Don’t believe all that crap about being limited to one’s perspective.  All of the sciences have been inventing ways to…

Repertoire for a Keyhole

The following short text was written for -[relay]- society for contemporary art’s publication LL Brown (2012). I was briefed to respond to paintings by Marcus Sandeman, Peeping Tom and Watching the Watcher, and include a reference to ordinance surveys. Marcus Sandeman, Peeping Tom and Watching the Watcher. Images used with permission of the artist. The…

Minimalism: on things and objects…

“What if I were a UFOnaut”, asks an enthusiastic voice, “and I want to just leave something here on this planet that those people call earth?” The voice is that of Californian Minimalist artist John McCracken in a video accompanying the first ever solo showing of his work in the United Kingdom. Though it might…