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Life Machine – 46×62 cm

January 9th, 2009

Life Machine

Mixed media – egg shells, wishbone, acorns, jack sockets, razor blade, metal, wood, frets, electrical resistors and acrylic.

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Disassociation – 46x62cm

January 9th, 2009

Disassociation

One of three interconnected pieces based on a Chinese proverb;

” I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man” .

Chang Tse, c. 369-286 BC.

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Disassociation – detail. 46 x 62cm

January 9th, 2009

Disassociation

Mixed media, acrylic and inkjet prints.

” I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man” .

Chang Tse, c. 369-286 BC.

 

This is the only remaining work of three interconnected paintings, based on a previous sculptural work, a small, handmade book containing a series of images concerning time and rhapsodic daydreaming. 
I chose one image in particular, this based on a Chinese philosopher’s observation that ” I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man”. The image conjured by the words had considerable resonance for me, as I had experienced similar feelings of disassociation and unreality in the past. Read the rest of this entry »

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Axis, Bold As Love – detail. 46 x 62cm

January 9th, 2009

Axis, Bold As Love - detail

An early work based on Jimi Hendrix’s ethnicity and music. ‘Butterfly Effect’ is a recent reinterpretation of this work. 

Mixed media assemblage; bead-weaving, satin, lizard skin, guitar preamplifier, plectrum, velvet, machine embroidery, birch ply, found objects, chamois leather, metal leaf, guitar strings and acrylic paint.

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Axis, Bold As Love – detail. 46 x 62cm

January 9th, 2009

Axis, Bold As Love

Mixed media assemblage; bead-weaving, satin, lizard skin, guitar preamplifier, plectrum, velvet, machine embroidery, birch ply, found objects, chamois leather, metal leaf, guitar strings and acrylic paint.

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Axis, Bold As Love -detail. 46 x 62cm

January 9th, 2009

Axis, Bold As Love -detail

Mixed media assemblage; bead-weaving, satin, lizard skin, guitar preamplifier, plectrum, velvet, machine embroidery, birch ply, found objects, chamois leather, metal leaf, guitar strings and acrylic paint.

Frame depicting embossed lyrics to ‘Axis, Bold as Love’, from the album of the same name.

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Axis, Bold As Love. 46 x 62cm

January 9th, 2009

Axis, Bold As Love

Mixed media assemblage; bead-weaving, satin, lizard skin, guitar preamplifier, plectrum, velvet, machine embroidery, birch ply, found objects, chamois leather, metal leaf, guitar strings and acrylic paint.

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Butterfly Effect – Hendrix in London, 1967

January 8th, 2009

Butterfly Effect - Hendrix in London, 1967Jimi Hendrix was an innovative musician and performer who had a profound influence on the music scene in the late 60′s. His reputation soon spread, and the rock elite, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, The Stones and Beatles amongst others, all flocked to see him perform in the London clubs and theatres. Hendrix was of mixed black and Cherokee Indian descent, an enigmatic, exotic figure whose musical origins were firmly rooted in the American blues tradition. For the young white musicians, he was the ‘real thing’. 

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CAD designs for ‘My Pink Half of the Drainpipe’- work in progress.

January 7th, 2009

CAD designs for 'My Pink Half of the Drainpipe'- work in progress.

Simple graphic variations on a theme, effectively ‘Photoshop’ collages  created to help me move things around in order to realise composition, colour gamuts and so on. I find ‘Photoshop’  an invaluable tool for collage and composition, especially when working with assemblages containing objects. Moving and layering things in the ‘real world’ can be time consuming and extremely frustrating.

This is still a work in progress, mainly due to financial constraints. It is based on the eponymous song title from the  ’Bonzo Dog Band’s’  album, ‘The Doughnut in Granny’s Greenhouse’.

The finished assemblage will be my peculiar visualisation of suburban living; sometimes it looks like heaven, at other times, hell.

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Smashed ‘Strat’ fragment, part of ‘Hendrix in London’. Balsa wood,spray paint and acrylic.

January 6th, 2009

Smashed 'Strat' fragment, part of 'Hendrix in London'. Balsa wood,spray paint and acrylic.Balsa wood, mahogany stain, acrylic paint, grain-filler, wire, jack socket and spray paint.

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