The one completed today was peculiar for sure, due to my being lodged in a studio I have used for the past decade and a half instead of at Uillinn, like in 2019, as was hoped. Speaking of which, studios are seen as a problem too and became an anachronistic concept in the, 'em, conceptual art years. Studios are by some, associated with a dim and distant past, in which hero artists ground out their works in glorious isolation. Personally I oscillate. It has to be said that the famous exchange in 1990s sitcom Spaced is a most useful summary of three different historical modes of art production. And, joking aside, isn't Bryan's version still the seductive one?
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021
Some of today involved looking at photos and plans to both remind and give more exact dimensions of the two Gallery Spaces at Uillinn. These were kindly supplied by Operations Manager Stephen Canty, there. Maybe a 3D model would be useful: I could knock one up. There are some other figures that would be useful to have. Some trigonometry will be necessary to calculate the lengths connected with that turbine blade idea.
Mucking around with those battery powered 'Windmills' has got me thinking I need to contact the supplier (in Nenagh) again and press them on the robustness of these toys. It would be a fine thing to have one hundred of them, and I think the wastefulness of that would justified, and minimal compared to some other activities on this planet. Anyway, the plan with those reminded of Poème Symphonique, György Ligeti's 1962 composition by for one hundred mechanical metronomes.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Residency 1, Day 13: 'To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend.' - Jacques Derrida
slightly-lacking-in-motivation-day but not too bad. Regardless, I did a lot. A highlight was accidentally having a very good chat with Jilliene Sellner. It felt almost like real life. For the to-do list: create a video tutorial for how to obtain Estate Agent (Auctioneer) Sold signs. I captured a few stills on the faithful old LG dog-and-bone today, with this in mind:
Below is something else I knocked out earlier using the app, Microsoft Paint. A bit of playing around inspired by a comment during last night's session of the reading group. It is difficult to see how Derrida entered the conversation though. Currently we are studying Joanna Zylinska's AI Art available on Open Humanities Press: http://www.openhumanitiespress.org/books/titles/ai-art/. I recommend the book, bigtime.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Residency 1, Day 12: 'Objects always meet your obsession. Once you have an obsession, you step on it at every corner.' - Sophie Calle
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Residency 1, Day 11: 'When an artist is asked to speak about form, you expect something different than when a critic talks about it.' - Maya Deren
So, at last I figured out how to set up Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). Three works are for sale here: https://opensea.io/collection/mocksim. I posted the following on ABC Artists' Books Cooperative's Slack: 'Just trying it out - if not a rich person in a few weeks, I have got a few plots.' Have I though? Another fabulous discovery today is depicted below. It fell off a sign. It's a sign in its own right. 'It is what is says on the tin!'. I cleaned it up with warm water and other solvent, held it, looked at it and took some photos. As Michelangelo put it “The sculpture is already complete... before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.”
Monday, April 5, 2021
Residency 1, Day 10: 'We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.' - Maya Angelo
Sunday, April 4, 2021
Residency 1, Day 9: 'People liking you or not liking you is an accident and is to do with them and not you. That goes for love too, only more so.' - Edna O'Brien
I did a lot to edit the interview with Hilary Williams, an artist who has played, and still does play, golf. The result is affecting and interesting but, for a few reasons, I may not use it. More dialogue and consideration will be necessary. Zoom was on 'record' as I walked over to the studio this morning, but it ended up capturing what was going on inside the studio, i.e. not very much, https://www.dropbox.com/s/nh58x5bw1uah7ex/GMT20210404-085414_Recording_640x360.mp4, rather than the walk itself.