Archives for the month of: September, 2010

Art of Ideas, hosted this year by artist, writer and TV broadcaster Matthew Collings, is a project instigated by Arts Council England West Midlands, led by Arts & Business, that will be a four-day event focusing on the cultural life of Birmingham, specifically the idea of contemporary art collecting, collections and collectors.

The event, taking place between November 11 and 14, includes a four-day curated group exhibition at Waterhall Gallery in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and will showcase artists from the West Midlands region including Hurvin Anderson, Richard Billingham, Graham Chorlton, Faye Claridge, Ravi Deepres, Tessa Farmer, Brian Griffin, Roger Hiorns, Harminder Singh Judge, Chris Keenan, Karin Kihlberg / Reuben Henry, David Miller, Sally Payen, Juneau Projects, David Rowan, Elizabeth Rowe, George Shaw, Toby de Silva, Gillian Wearing, Stuart Whipps.

The exhibition, which will have the theme of ‘the Witching Hour’ will feature photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, film, animation and installation. It will explore darkness and the uncanny in the work of more than 20 artists from, or based in, Birmingham and the West Midlands.


a preview of some paintings for Grief and Oblivion at Trove Birmingham coming soon…

‘If there is no mystery then there is no ‘poetry’, the quality I value above all else in art. What do I mean by ‘poetry’? It is to a painting what life is to man (and woman). But don’t ask me to define it; it is something that each artist has to struggle to discover for themselves through there own intuition. For me it is a matter of harmony, of rapports, of rhythm and – most important for my own work – of ‘metamorphosis’. When life becomes a perpetual revelation, ‘That is true poetry’.

George Braque talking to John Richardson  from ‘Braque the late works’ 1997

And what he saw there was a pattern, he was to explain, a pattern forged by the creative ‘look’ that artists posses as they scan the chaotic rubble of ordinary appearances and, through an extraordinary act of selective seeing, manage to extract a series of intervals, of harmonic relationships between darks and lights, an intuition of that organic intermeshing to which could be affixed the term unity.

Rosalind E Krauss    The Optical Unconscious

… the object of a sublime, as a ‘here and now’.  Newman can certainly not have been thinking of the ‘present instant’, the one that tries to hold itself between the future and the past, and gets devoured by them. This now is one of the temporal ‘ecstasies’… according to a line of thought that has attempted to constitute time on the basis of consciousness. Newman’s now which is no more than now is a stranger to consciousness and cannot be constituted by it. Rather it is what dismantles consciousness, what deposes consciousness, it is what consciousness cannot formulate, and even what consciousness forgets in order to constitute itself.

What we do not manage to formulate is that something happens. Or rather more simply, thats it happens. Not a major event in the media sense, not even a small event. Just an occurrence.

Jean-Francois Lyotard   ‘The Inhuman’

I’ve been invited to make new work for ‘The Witching Hour’ in the Waterhall of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for this november as part of the Art of Ideas. Beautiful venue for painting! The curators are Matt Price, Mathew Collings and Nicola Shipley.


The here and now, the stretches of time, the places, the lives and the I present themselves as fissured, or rather, fissure continually. The field of reality, discourse included, fissures in its entirety, like a struck glass…

No longer will there be night and day… Henceforth it is fissured day and fissured night. And it is in the minuscule chink of this fissure that the stilus is styled, in the precarious, reciprocal balance of enigma and demonstration.

Jean-Francois Lyotard   The Confession of Augustine