Minimalism as defined by the Tate, as well as inspiring images.
A lovely article about children learning independently – how I wish things were still like this today.
My personal practice continues to be preoccupied with internal journeys, and a term I found in Robert Macfarlane’s thought-provoking book ‘The Old Ways’:
The word Wittgenstein used for ‘thought’…
‘Denkbewegungen’ is a coinage that might be translated as ‘thought movements’, ‘thought ways’ or ‘paths of thought’: ideas that have been brought into being by means of motion along a path (weg).
I’m continuing to make long narrow books, which seem to me to depict these ideas. They always seem to turn out tied up in the same red wool, sent to me by a fellow Sketchbook Circler. I am fascinated by this wool and cannot say why it features so strongly in this body of work.
Yesterday I started making photographs of the wool itself. I am reminded of Magritte’s painting of a pipe entitled The Treachery of Images. This isn’t really a pipe, it’s only a representation. The images of the wool aren’t really the wool either, they are just images; but the wool has begun to take on a more loaded meaning, a subtext or meta message. It’s a representation of something that represents a whole raft of other ideas, if you follow me. It’s the continuous thread running through my life that represents the persistence of identity, my continuing personal narrative, the enduring trace throughout all the reframing, reinventing, rethinking, reconsidering.
It’s not just a piece of wool.
Journeys, landscapes, internal and external, literal and figurative.
The fabric background seemed apt; the creases and folds echoed the contours of the landscapes, and the traces left behind by other wayfarers.
..the suppressed memories of a more ancient archipelago.
Robert Macfarlane, The Wild Places
The gif format lent itself to the idea too; it’s difficult to pinpoint the beginning or end.
The (carelessly cut) edges became curiously sculptural, like landscape formations too.
Little book of secrets.
Another really interesting find on Artists Information Company this week – artist Sonia Boyce, currently working on a project at Eastside Projects in Birmingham, on combining art and play.
A really interesting read about a project where disabled and non-disabled artists shared space, made art, and learned from each other’s practice. I would love to participate in/set up a project like this!