Saturday, 6 February 2021

A moment in time

Summer 2020 

Two birds flying past, making a fleeting appearance on Live Sky - a 'slice' of sky floating in the space (CCTV live feed projection on acrylic glass).

A year has passed since the exhibition @ King Edward Street, Light Works. I had used the space for nine months as a laboratory, setting up new works in response to the space and refining existing ones. It has been an intense, demanding and beautiful time, a dive into new territory, quietly challenging me on various levels. 

Subsequently the last year became a time of recovery - and also of final goodbyes, with  impromptu travel and long stays abroad. 

It would turn into August before we could take down the projection works on the upper floors. And it was then, just before dismantling Live Sky, that I accidentally captured two birds flying by, a coincidence I could only dream of during the exhibition time...

Thursday, 28 November 2019

light influx

Figuring out light influx and possible dates and times to catch the sun for work during the first weeks from February onwards. We're on the first floor of unit 47.

Saturday, 23 November 2019

waning light

What a difference two days make: same time, same place - sunlight and shadows at 14:15h on 28 and then 30 October 2019*. In just 48 hours the sun moves by 1º closer to the horizon of the neighbouring roofs.

28 October: 16º altitude / 218ºSW
30 October: 15º altitude / 218ºSW

Reminder: there will be a similar constellation between 10 and 15 February 2020 14:45h.

*Cast on a slightly changed installation, see previous compare with previous post.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Filtering light

photo: Harlan Whittingham
8 October 2019 16:35h
In the upstairs space: watching what the light does with this installation - three slightly twisted surfaces spread from the top of the front windows to the ground. Drawn with wool from the archive this 'drawing' can be easily varied and modified. The slightly curved layers bring an element of movement into the space - they seem to ask for dance performances.

The windows at the back of the building face SW and throughout October it was intriguing to watch the changing light and how the shadows cast by the evening sun grew longer every day, until - by the end of October - the sun was too low and hidden behind the neighbouring buildings.

In response to the changing light, I have developed a different shape for this space that revolves around the column in the middle of the room while checking the course of the sun and its coordinates:

More images of wandering light

Wednesday, 2 October 2019


'Threshold', a site-specific drawing, nylon and mohair-wool, photo: Harlan Whittingham

Early evening sun illuminating a detail of 'Threshold'
photo: Michael Taylor

Saturday, 7 September 2019


"wedding gespinst" 2 Tage Wedding", 6. - 8. September 2019
Montagehalle-Berlin und Atelier Togo 80, Berlin

Playful cooperative and interactive window display at Montagehalle-Berlin.
Fluorescent mohair wool and nylon

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Vacant space

Blogposts April - July 2019 about work in an empty shop unit in Hull, made available by Axisweb. I'm using this space as a temporary studio to experiment and try out new avenues - mainly setting up site-specific installations.

More about this project in my interview with Axisweb.

Vacant Space, nylon thread and mohair wool

Thursday, 7 March 2019


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