This work followed on from the Pulling strings series of works. After dealing with large pieces of canvas, huge amount string and a rather complex install I wanted to simplify things. Continue reading No strings (2007)
I conceived on this work after contingencies of travel led me to eat a custard apple with chopsticks in a public plaza. What started as an act born of necessity turned into an impromptu and undocumented art action. It was just odd enough to arouse the curiosity of passersby but not so strange that it was obviously some kind of performance. When I got back to my room I took out the chopsticks and reflected on the curiosity that the eating of the custard apple had aroused. I was thinking about a biological imperative for curiosity around food and how we eat. I then had the thought that if the chopsticks were pens I could try to write four different letters simultaneously. Continue reading The Chopstick Technique (2002-2011)
I’m a huge fan of James Turrell’s work and I reckon Within without (2010) is one of the best things the NGA has ever purchased. I also think that it’s important to do some in depth thinking about the art that you love and this article is my attempt to do that in relation to Turrell’s work at the NGA Continue reading James Turrell’s Within without: A User’s Guide
This video was inspired by Francis Alÿs’ work ‘Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing’. See the original on Francis Alÿs’ website. Continue reading Heat Death: Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing, Reprise (2012)
Contemporary neuroscience has provided us with insights into the functioning of the brain that have the potential to inform new modes of creative practice. In this article I discuss how recent developments in the areas of brain plasticity and the occupational specialization of brain processes can open a field of investigation that will involve the deliberate ‘sculpting’ of the neural medium. The art-historical context for this article is performance and performative video work in which the body is conceived of as the artist’s medium. I draw on the scientific literature in order to outline a postulates of brain sculpting which allows us to see the brain as a medium that can be sculpted through specific forms of creative practice. Continue reading Postulates of Brain Sculpting
As a teacher I’ve sometimes seen students who are making interesting and chaotic work have the life sucked out of it by a curator or lecturer who asks them to reduce it to some kind of minimalist/formalist essence. On one level this article is a defense of the brilliantly chaotic, a mode that can take many forms and rarely gets the kind of in depth thought and critical attention it deserves. Continue reading The Curse of Formalism
The first of three videos in the matching series. Matching (2007)
In this work I’m attempting to write four different letters simultaneously using aluminum poles attached to my arms and legs.