Thursday, 7 March 2019

pupa-families

between the lines is a growing collection of texts in the format of a blog. A blog that gathers stories and scenes which resonate with me, make me think and muse, describe perceptions I find stimulating. Over the last couple of months these texts have become kind of a 'cathedral of sanity' to me. between the line will be part of Dolls - Pupa, an exhibition of text-based work, 23 March to 4 May 2019 at L'atelier de mélusine in La Trimouille, France.

At the heart of the blog is a text by Max Frisch (Swiss writer 1911 - 1991), which vividly describes how the substance of a text lies in the space between words and lines:

"On writing" - an excerpt, translated from the German original
What is important is what cannot be said, the white space between the words. The words themselves always express the incidentals, which is not what we really mean. What we are really concerned with can only, at best, be written about, and that means, quite literally, we write around it. We encompass it. […] the true, the inexpressible experience emerges at best as the tension between the statements.
[…] language is like a chisel, which pares away all that is not a mystery, and everything said implies a taking away. […] Like the sculptor plying his chisel, language works by bringing the area of blankness in the things that can be said as close as possible to the central mystery, the living element.
[...]  

Max Frisch, Sketchbook 1946 - 1949, p 25, (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
translated by Geoffrey Skelton   


Words - texts - lines, they become storyline and thread of the story. Yet, as Frisch puts it, what is essential cannot be said - it lies as an immaterial unspoken, yet living, substance between the lines. The words are just pointers, so to say. Thus, I liken Frisch's 'central mystery' to the 'pupa' that is enveloped and hidden between the lines - the threads and webbing of the cocoon. It is the reader's mind, our thoughts and feelings, that brings the inexpressible, the area surrounding the words, to life and transforms the 'pupa' so it becomes 'imago'.

The format of the blog allows the reader to choose focus - keywords or themes - and in this sense it works as a bot. The string of stories/texts that come up depending on such a focus build a new kind of 'pupa-family', whose members interact. For instance, you may find Werner Herzog as a child in a group with Matthiessen's son and Naoki Higashida a young, autistic writer from Japan.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Dolls - Pupa

Happy that between the lines will be part of this group exhibition at L'atelier de melusine in La Trimouille, France.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Ferens Open

Blue Moon is part of Ferens Art Gallery's Open Exhibition.
2nd February 2019 - 14th April 2019

Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Carr Lane, Hull, HU1 3RA

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 10am - 4.30pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

A big thank you to Friends of the Ferens for awarding Blue Moon with their first prize. Happy to use the award for an upcoming project.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Eunoia II by Lisa Park - emotions transformed into sound and made visible.



watch from the beginning

thelisapark.com

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Work in progress














silk thread & card in layers

Saturday, 1 December 2018

'Mount'

Tracing a mountain - elements of work in progress



Saturday, 13 October 2018

Silent Collision



September - Equinox - the sunlight just strong enough to expose this sculpture. Like Blue Moon - just smaller - it is a 3-D cyanotype. And like Blue Moon, it consists of nothing but silk threads - and light. However, here two spheres touching each other are embedded in the blue block of vertical threads. Silent Collision was repeatedly exposed to late September’s sunshine thus leading to varying cyan-blue shades that merge into each other.

dimensions: 15cm x 21cm x 44cm

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

studies



Structures drawn with lead pencil on paper (bottom) and nylon thread 'webbed'  (top) - positive and negative.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Sculptural aspects of language

Two texts from Between the Lines that depict language and writing as something that is tangible, akin to a sculptural process:

On writing, by Max Frisch, (one of my favourite writers) describes vividly that the substance of a text lies between the words and lines. "[...] language is like a chisel, which pares away all that is not a mystery, and everything said implies a taking away." The art is to come as close as possible to the surface of this mystery, to reveal it without scratching its surface, a surface that has no substance "[...] it exists only in the mind and not in Nature, where there is also no dividing line between mountain and sky."
From: Sketchbook 1946 - 1949

Thoughts on words, by Naoki Higashida, compares spoken language to a blue sea in which you can swim, dive and resurface.
From: Fall down 7 times get up 8, a young man's voice from the silence of autism

Saturday, 24 March 2018

"...it's kind of like being there"

I like the quietness of her work:

'Vija Celmins is an acclaimed Latvian-American artist whose work is famous for its astonishing patience. She can take a year or more to make a woodcut that portrays in minute detail the surface of the sea. A postcard of her work now sits above my desk, a reminder of the power of slow thinking.' 
From: The New York Review of Books Disarming the Weapons of Mass Distraction by Madeleine Bunting



Vija Celmins:
“I have been painting this image for maybe three years, on and off. So, you know, tedious for some, for me it's kind of like being there. [...]
I've always liked the scientific image because it is sort of anonymous. [...]
I still really like a lot of solitude - it's impossible to do anything without it. [...]”

Thursday, 18 January 2018

'Abbrechen'

The art of throwing sand - while simultaneously pressing the shutter button.
This happened while clearing up Aufbrechen.


Taking down temporary work is part of the process, so to speak. I remember it was fun.


Rediscovered while sifting and sorting images & documentation.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Blue Moon

More photos of Blue Moon: The photogram of a sphere, cyanotyped into a body of silk threads that are attached to and sewn into two acrylic glasses.





Capturing the luminosity within such a sculpture is just one of those things. The camera 'perceives' an image that looks quite different to what my eyes see - as if it had its own mind how to 'translate' luminosity, shades and depth into 2-D.

So, using just November's natural light filtering through the studio window, Blue Moon became the object to familiarize myself with the manual settings of our camera and thus improve my 'translation' skills.