Abstract Heads - Welding

The process of welding, and my lack of skill, have led to some interesting outcomes with Abstract Heads:


Parasol unit: James Yamada

Parasol unit: James Yamada:
On 22 November 2011, Parasol unit will unveil the first artwork in its Parasolstice – Winter Light series of outdoor projects to be realised by various international artists, each of whom creates sculptural works that address the phenomenon of light. The works will be exhibited throughout the winter months in the foundation’s outdoor space, which will be open to the public free of charge. When invited to collaborate on the first project, American artist James Yamadacreated a dramatic installation entitled The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees.

The aluminium structure of Yamada’s installation both shelters visitors from bad weather and offers them some privacy. Integrated into its rooftop are various light elements at 10,000 lux, which is the sunlight-mimicking intensity referred to as ‘full spectrum light’. This is the light commonly used in light therapy to treat the symptoms of SAD (seasonal affective disorder). The focus of The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees is to involve visitors in an uplifting and insightful experience. During the darkest months of the year, they are encouraged to enjoy the benefits of exposure to bright light.

James Yamada has forged a reputation for making ingenious constructions that create encounters between nature and technology. In The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees the artist highlights how recent technology benefits mankind by helping to prevent illness.

The exhibition is generously supported by Arts Council England.

Download the full press release here.

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Kunstverein Hannover

KunstEva Rothschild has already exhibited internationally, including the impressive spacial site-specific 2009 installation “Cold Corners” at Tate Britain. The exhibition at Kunstverein Hannover is the first presentation of her work in Germany.

The fragile and linear formal vocabulary of Eva Rothschild’s sculptures and objects convince through their compositional clarity and strictness. The graphic linearity of her installations creates a fascinating impression of three-dimensional drawings in space.

In Rothschild’s object worlds, the history of abstract art, and hence the tradition of elementary forms such as circle, cone, square and triangle, encounters the puzzling and meaningful aura of the material. Rational minimalism meets emotional mysticism. The artist’s works consequently contain references to subcultures and the fetishization of the autonomous object: like archaic ritual atifacts, woven leather objects hang on the wall or as a group in space. Paper pictures with long rug fringes recall the leather jackets and rug culture of a romantically transfigured hippy world, formally re-dissolving the pieces’ abstract appearances. The overlapping of systems and worlds of meaning is particularly clear when Eva Rothschild interweaves two model images each for her woven paper works. In “Hand and I” (2003), a pair of eyes is thus pictorially entwined with an esoterically tinged corona.

The artist succeeds in making the spiritually-laden works of the early avant-garde equally visible in her pieces as concrete art’s claims of sociopolitical relevancy and the aesthetic pervasion of everyday life. The autonomous elementary form of minimalism encounters the potentially utopian, spiritual “image material” it finds in the environment of the esoteric and recent social utopian models.

Eva Rothschild subverts modernist insignias with irrationality, emotionality and contentual irritation that endow the works with a peculiar melancholy, an ambivalent potential between visionary progress and reactionary withdrawal. Her works’ subtlety enmesh the viewer in questions regarding pictures as objects of use and the use of pictures.
verein Hannover

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I did my first bit of welding. It's fun... and very difficult, but works with my aesthetic.

So this is the basic style of a new version of "Abstract Heads: The Last Supper" that I will be working on over the next couple of weeks. So far, I have enough steel prepared for 6 of the 13 Heads, and hopefully I'll be able to get to the scrapyard to get more steel before the end of the week.

Modern Frames

At the Hepworth gallery in Wakefield I was interested to look at the frames that artists used. These were often clearly not professionally framed, and it seemed that they were sometimes made from recycled frames. Roger Fry's "Boats in Harbour" 1915 has a series of frames including a 1/2" gilded frame, a lower 1" inner frame and then a 2" white frame. A simple tenon joint on the back frame gives depth to a mitre on the front frame. Mondrian's "Composition C (No 111)" has a piece of 1/2" wood, butt-jointed around a canvas 1" deep, producing a "stepped" profile. John Wells' "Island Counterpoint" 1956 also has this "double frame", with the inner frame having both mitre and butt joints in the same frame. When searching for these paintings online, you can only see the painting, not the frame. I understand this in some ways, but for me the part of the essence of the paintings is the quality and experience of the frame. I am using these framing systems in my work to give feelings of Arte Povera, heirloom and timelessness.

Terry Smith, One and Three Ideas: Conceptualism Before, During, and After Conceptual Art / Journal / e-flux

Terry Smith, One and Three Ideas: Conceptualism Before, During, and After Conceptual Art / Journal / e-flux:

"I think that we are getting close to the core of conceptualism worthy of the name, and to the basis of its appeal to serious young artists today: it is something to do with rigor, without cause, and with implacable commitment in the face of meaninglessness."

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Richard Kalina p.8 "What distinguishes Sonnier´s true free standing work is its exploration of stance: no small matter for sculpture. Moving off the base and into the viewer´s physical and emotional space has been a concern of advanced sculpture for most of the twentieth-century and beyond. This un-basing of sculpture is not as simple as merely removing the pedestal and setting the work on the floor. Just as the base is a historically loaded entity, the sculpture´s equivalent of painting´s frame, sculpture "in the room" has its own set of precedents and traps. Freestanding sculpture must literally balance itself, and in doing so, it tends to evoke either the architectural and the built, or living forms, animal or human. Stance is thus simultaneously metaphorical and actual."


Keith Sonnier

ISBN 10: 3893223878 / 3-89322-387-8
ISBN 13: 9783893223879
Publisher: Distributed Art Pub Inc
Publication Date: 1993
Binding: Hardcover

p31 Sonnier "I think the best contemporary art is fragile in form or ideology. It needs an elaborate support system like the white space of a museum or the gallery. it seems as though art almost needs a special psychological housing for it to obtain its function. Different people get different ideas from it."

Keith Sonnier: Sculpture Light Space

Keith Sonnier
Keith Sonnier: Sculpture Light Space
Susanne Ehrenfried, Wolfgang Jean Stock, Konrad Bitterli, Keith Sonnier, Wolfgang Häusler, Conrad Lienhardt (Editor), Wolfgang Hausler (Editor)
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers
ISBN: 3775791248 DDC: 709 Edition: Paperback; 2003-07

Q: Is light art haptic?

corridor leading north, Munchener Ruck

p.38 "Onto the ceiling of the underground space, Keith Sonnier has aligned neon tubes in stripes of pure primary colours. Their intense hues subdivide the single sectors into imposing colour blends. A walk through the passage renders moods of alternating colour physically tangible."

"His neon installations combine a painter´s colouration with a sculptor´s form. He treats colour not as a flat plane, but as a volume, thereby allowing a close alliance with the architecture. He says himself that light has always offered him the possibility to create spaces within an already existing space." Susanne Ehrenfried

Compare stained glass windows "the luminosity of colour was first deliberately deployed in an architectural context. Church windows were the first example in the history of art in which a two dimensional depiction inter-penetrated the three-dimensional space with boundless light." p.39

"The fascination of neon lighting is based on the unusual, almost contradictory qualities of the material. Rigid glass, for one, can be formed during its manufacturing process into almost any shape. On the other hand, neon gas makes possible a countless variation in colour. The light gives the glass tubes the quality of an immaterial appearance, thereby dispelling the boundaries of its actual shape." p.39

"At the centre of Sonnier´s works, light stands as an object whose form is treated self-referentially. the concious delineation of the form allows no symbolic references; light oscillates between self-referentiality and abstraction." p.39

Artificial light: new light-based sculpture and installation art

Artificial light
Artificial light: new light-based sculpture and installation art: Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Spencer Finch, Ceal Floyer, Ivan Navarro, Nathaniel Rackowe, Douglas Ross
Elana Herzog... [et al.]; curated by Sabine Russ and Gregory Volk
Publisher: Richmond, Va. : VCUarts Anderson Gallery, c2006.
ISBN: 0935519289

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, In Growth (Survival), 2006, mixed media

Iván Navarro uses fluorescent tubes and electrical materials to create sculptural works that offer social and political commentary within an art historical context. In his works, Navarro appropriates the formal qualities of Minimalism and other avant-garde movements, such as geometric abstraction and constructivism, to speak about violence, energy and the media.

Spencer Finch "White (Niagara Falls Obscured by Mist) 2006". Lightbox and filters. This piece re-creates the light at a moment when the falls was obscured by its own mist.

p.68 "Bob Irwin was using light to dematerialise objects, to make them less solid; I was trying to materialise light as object" James Turrell.

Olaf Breuning - The Art Newspaper

Olaf Breuning - The Art Newspaper:

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NTAA - New Technological Art Award 2012 - Home

NTAA - New Technological Art Award 2012 - Home:

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Traffic light
Brake Light
Street Light
Reading Light
Stage Light
Airport lights
Airplane lights - horizontal rain
light coming in under the door of the bathroom
Martin Creed - Turner
Bruce Nauman (Richard Serra!)
Leger - Theatre lights flashing
Hell(o) (T)here
Lots of artists use words in lights
light at the end of the tunnel
Light reflected on the back of a van as you go through a tunnel
Ambulance / Fire / Police
Julien Gardiner

ESDM (1/13) - YouTube

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Keith Sonnier

James Turrell

James Turrell
James Turrell: The Wolfsburg Project
Markus Bruderlin, Richard Andrews, Annelie Lutgens, James Turrell,
Publisher: Hatje Cantz
ISBN: 3775724559 DDC: 709 Edition: Hardcover; 2010-03-31

p.67 "Light is a charged substance what we have a primary connection with. Situations in which you notice the presence of such a charged substance are fragile. I mold it... so that you can feel the presence of the light in the room."

p.80 "First of all I am not dealing with an object. The object is perception itself. Secondly, I am not dealing with an image., because I want to avoid any associative symbolic thought. Thirdly, I am not dealing with a special purpose or focal point, either. With no object, image or purpose, what are you looking at? You are looking at yourself looking."

p. 155 "My work is about space and the light that inhabits it. It is about how you confront that space and plumb it. It is about your seeing. How you come to it is important. The qualities of the space must be seen, and the architecture of the form must not be dominant. I am really interested in the qualities of one space sensing another. It is like looking at someone looking. Objectivity is gained by being once removed. As you plumb a space with vision, it is possible to "see yourself see". This seeing, this plumbing, imbues space with consciousness. by how you decide to see it and where you are in relation to it, you create its reality. The piece can change as you move to it or within it. It can also change as the light source that enters it changes." Turrell in conversation with Julia brown, 1985.

James Turrell

James Turrell
Zug Zuoz
By (author) Matthias Haldemann, Edited by Kunsthaus Zug

ISBN 9783775726023

p.28 "Light is a sculptural material for Turrell and he it physically palpable, like sound. Precise, but inconspicuous structural devices are designed to create this impression. The circular opening of ""Skyspace Piz Uter" 2005 Zuoz, Germany

has a sharp bevelled edge that reinforces the impression of flatness. And, as far as Turrell is concerned, a round space is better suited to the realm of perception than a rectangular one anyway. Moreover, the intensity and brightness of the white in the upper part of the room not only make the sky seem flatter than it really is, but also make its colours deeper and darker, outside the intense, luminous ultramarine is but a pale grayish blue. The same is evidently not the same and we cannot trust our own eyes: they see more than is actually there."

Day 29

I woke up this morning and it's raining. I have had it in the back of my mind that it might rain tomorrow. But now it's at the front of my mind. The weather forecast isn't too bad, and I think we'll be ok. IN the end I didn't actually do the "final preparations" that I was planning to, but I was "sent" a helper for tomorrow. So I'm very excited about how the day will turn out. And it rained so much that there can't be any more water in the sky!

Day 28

I decided to do a little more "publicity" on Facebook, with a Poll.

At the studio I have printed the contact details on the reverse of the feuilletons, sprayed some frames with another coat of orange, made the "A Passage for Walter Benjamin" guest book, with a rather nifty piece of creativity to keep the book from flying away (see pics), and added some contact details to a box to hold the feuilletons, including a QR code for those people with Smartphones.

I will be keeping back three feuilltons, Editions 14, 15 and 24. These are for archiving, sending to OCA, and one for the WB centre in PortBou, which I will send after the event.

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Day 27

Today I photocopied the "wrappers" that will go around the feuilletons. I went on an art gallery crawl, as there were around 15-20 galleries holding an opening this evening.

Day 26

Today I re-folded all the feuilletons into their correct orders, and printed the title and edition numbers, as well as signing them all. I've just realised I haven't dated them - so I'll print the date of the event onto them on Friday, when I also add the contact details on the back page.

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I was also trying to work out if I could manage to put everything I need on my moto, so that I don't need to borrow anyone's car. I can't; but i realsied that it will all fit in a large suitcase, so I can use public transport instead. I realised that I prefer the idea of independence to relying on other people.

Finally, I've written a list of all the things I need to do or buy before Sunday. It's not very long, and everything will be done by Friday night!

Day 25

Busy day with work, so nothing done for this.

Day 24

I've made a map for the route of the event "A Passage for Walter Benjamin"

Map for "A Passage for Walter Benjamin"

View A Passage for Walter Benjamin in a larger map

I also completed another print shape on a WB line print:

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Day 23

Today I have brought together all the quote I want for the wrapper of the feuilleton. It is these wrappers, used to help distribute the newspapers, that WB often used to make his notes of for the Arcades Project.

How Beautiful is the street!

Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin ( 15 July 1892 – 26 September 1940) was a German-Jewish intellectual, who functioned variously as a literary critic, philosopher, sociologist, translator, radio broadcaster and essayist.

Use the Feuilleton to guide you from the statue of Christopher Columbus to the Jardines de Walter Benjamin, where you will see some sculptures by the artist JD Holden (1965, Switzerland), made as a temporary memorial on the eve of Benjamin’s death in Port Bou, Spain.

In 1839 it was considered elegant to take a tortoise out walking.
This gives us an idea of the tempo of Flanerie in the arcades. [M3,8]

You are passing through a great city that has grown old in civilisation and your eyes are drawn upward, for in the public squares stand motionless figures, repeating to you the solemn legends of Glory, most heedless of men, the most unhappy or the vilest, a beggar or a banker; War, Science and Martyrdom. Some are pointing to the sky to which they aspired, others to the earth, from which they sprang. They brandish, or they contemplate, what was the passion of their life: a tool, a sword , a book, a torch. Even if you are the most heedless of men, this bronze phantom takes possession of you for a few minutes, and commands you, in the name of the past, to think of things which are not of the earth. Such is the divine role of sculpture. [J34,3]

Fees for feuilletons went as high as two francs per line. Authors would often write as
much dialogue as possible so as to benefit from the blank spaces in the lines. [U9,3]

An intoxication comes over the man who walks long and aimlessly through the streets. [M1,3]

The best way, while dreaming, to catch the afternoon in the net
of the evening is to make plans. The flaneur is planning. [M3a,2]

The Press brings into play an overabundance of information, which can
be all the more provocative the more it is exempt from any use. [M16a,1]

On the feuilleton: It was a matter of injecting experience - as it were, intravenously - with the poison of sensation; that is to say, highlighting within the ordinary experience the character of immediate experience. To this end, the experience of the big-city dweller presented itself. The feuilletonist turns this to account. He renders the city strange to its inhabitants. [m3,a2]

The student “never stops learning”; the gambler “never has enough”;
for the flaneur, “there is always something more to see.” [m5,1]

“Man as civilised being, as intellectual nomad, is again wholly microcosmic, wholly homeless,
as free intellectually as hunter and herdsman were free sensually.” [m5,6]

Rest assured that when Victor Hugo saw a beggar on the road, he saw him for what he is, for what he really is in reality: the ancient mendicant, the ancient friar that forbade ownership of property, subsisting mostly on alms, on the ancient road. [C5,1]

As long as there is still one beggar around, there will still be myth. [K6,4]

Days 19, 20, 21, 22

I've had some other priorities this week, including a meeting about a space for a large scale Abstract Heads exhibition next February, and another meeting about starting my Catalogue Raisonné. However, I have at last got a copy of "Arcades Project" by Walter Benjamin (Amazon), a rather fantastic (and huge) volume of notes Benjamin was working on for over a decade before he died. It's full of quotes which will give a certain depth to "A Passage for Walter Benjamin". These quotes will be on the wrapper of the feuilleton.

I've nearly finished these "newspapers". Felipe (a carpenter at the studio) said that they are full of information, which shows that they do work. When I showed them to Núria (the student who may do my Catalogue Raisonné) she took quite a while to figure them out, but got there in the end, identifying first the paving stones, then the AH Walter Benjamin outlines, and finally the embossed manhole covers. I am sure that people who come to the event will do things in a different way, as there will be more visual clues en route.

Also, through the Facebook Event Invitation, I have discovered that there is a conference in Port Bou on the same weekend that my event will take place. http://walterbenjaminportbou.cat/en . This is organised by an association called "Walter Benjamin in Port Bou" and I will be sending them an archive of "A Passage for Walter Benjamin", and I hope that I will be able to archive one of the feuilleton with them.

Here are the prints I have completed these four days:

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Day 18

A fabulous session in the studio, with three prints done; the arrow of the compass, and two paving slabs (probably smaller than you think!!) I

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Day 17

Today I did the final AH woodcut, in black, and then made the woodcuts for the compass point motif. This will be in black and orange.This motif is to remind the audience that this work is about travelling, moving, direction, as well as looking. I´ve also dug out the remaining pavement tiles to add to the existing blue and orange ones which were the first prints done on the feuilleton. Originally I had planned to use bits of broken brick and rubble as used in the "Groundworks" series, but I feel it will be better to focus more clearly on the ground, and also the Groundworks series willl be donated to "PapergirlBCN" in November.

Day 16

In terms of the Breaking the Boundaries task today was about getting the orange AH woodcut done and then I also created a spray stencil with the dates of WB. I had to do a couple of attempts at this. The first idea was to use cut-outs of the letters and make a "reverse image" stencil, as I have with "NOTEVERYTHINGYOUSEEISART". This didn´t really work, so I then did a more traditional stencil. I used a cream paint for this part, to distinguish it from the black, blue and orange or the main imprints, but not to give it too much prominence.

Day 15

This was my second day of printing, and I completed the blue WB AH woodcut. It's looking quite impressive, thought the strength of the line is a bit hit and miss. It would be good to get more pressure on the paper, but I am concerned that if I do that, the embossing will disappear a bit. So for now I will continue just pressing by hand. I also worked out that I need to keep the papers in sets of three, or else I would get mighty confused about which print I have made for which feuilleton. So now I take a sheet out of the feuilleton, print it and put it on the top of the pile to dry. This means that I can only really do one print a day, which is frustrating, but I just don't have the space to do any more anyway.
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Day 14

Today I scribbled some thoughts about the transcendence of intervention as art.

The Passage to Walter Benjamin intervention has a trqansitory nature, but in a way all works of art are transitory. It's just that we can own some, but even these we look at fleetingly once a day, or worse, put them in our storage space. So it all ends up the same - we have a memory of something the may, or may not, remain as important in our lives. I've seen Dali's "Christ of St. John of the Cross" in Glasgow, and Carl Andre's "Flanders Fields" in Grenoble exactly once each. And for no more than say 5 minutes. But the feeling I had then is etched on my mind, in my memory. So the transitory nature of this event is just fine with me.

I've also managed to print the first couple of bits onto the 34 feuilleton that I will create:
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Day 13

I woke up this morning wondering if the word "passage" in Spanish (pasage) has the same double meaning it does in English. It does. So there will now be a "guestbook" for people to write or draw their thoughts about the event. This will be made from the same paper I am using for the feuilleton.

I've also just sewn the corners of a folded towel together for use in the embossing stage of the feuilleton creation process.

Eleanor and James have both made comments about a "poster" that I made (with some help from Amelia) for the event. Eleanor said "Jonathan I would say to cut out alot of the writing - the background information is really for extra reading for those who turn up in my view.
I would just have one of the extra passages of information or quotes - something to whet the appetite and intrigue.

So what it is, where, and so on - but above all - an image.

I think each project needs a signature image associated with it - something that somehow sums up what it is about - the same image you would send to a paper if they wanted one picture, or almost like a brand or logo. People remember an image.

In the poster there is no indication as yet as to what it is - it doesn't say art or scultpture exhibition or event - it could be a reading or theatrical performance or anything.

Something like "sculpture event" would make people turn up to see more.

Wish I could come and see."
To which I replied: "Eleanor.... thanks for all of that.... and you are absolutely right about the image... normally.... I actually wanted the words of Walter Benjamin to conjure an image.... and so I'm going to leave it be.

However, on the facebook page, there is more....."

James said "I agree with you on this Eleanor, definitely less quotes and a good strong image.

In theory I may not to turn up to the event either because i don't know what it is!"

I suppose I want to question whether I WANT people to fully know what is going to happen, what they will see. This is an ART intervention, not theatre or a magic show. Through the publicity I am trying to get people who know something of Walter Benjamin, or who might be intrigued by the philosophical angle. There will of course be the feuilleton to give to passers-by, which should at least intrigue and direct a little. And I am planning a "breadcrumb" appoach to the publicity by putting teasers on the facebook event page.

I've also just got back froma very tiring day embossing 100 sheets of paper for the feuilleton. It has been a hot old day, but I only had one problem - when my water spray broke. Fortunately I had the moto, so I just packed up, went to by another one, and then got straight back to work. Surprisingly few people even took notice of me. I got a few strange glances, but only one person actually asked me what I was doing. It was a little bizarre, as I had just been concentrating on spraying water on the paper, and when I stood up there was a group of about 30 Germans, all standing round looking at me! So I tried to explain what I was doing, but she kind of lost interest when she realised that it was for an event in a couple of weeks' time.

Here are a few pics of me working on the embossing:

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Day 12

Today I have made the invitation for Facebook, and put it on my webpage. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=173292449413708 www.lonetour.co.uk I've also been to the studio to complete chiselling the final AH WB for the Feuilleton and had a good clean and tidy up ready to start printing them. There are so many pages that I will be able to cover the floor several times over... so I'm not really sure how I am going to manage this task!

Day 11

Today I put a pdf poster together for the intervention. It's quite simple, just the details of where and when and some quotes from WB. Amelia helped with the design, making it "breathe". Tomorrow I'll have to put up the Facebook invite. The poster is here

Day 10

Today I have started to make the box to fix to my motorbike so that I can fetch and carry 100 sheets of paper. It's going to take some fixing, but it'll work, be finished tomorrow, and then I can buy the paper, and get it embossed on the streets of Barcelona. I've also been thinking about some publicity (which fits in well with the latest unit in the MFA) and will entirely be using social networking to get volunteers to work on the project, and for an audience to come and see the project.

Days 7, 8 and 9

So, I went away for the weekend. We happened to go to Port Bou, where Walter Benjamin died and where the Danny Caravan memorial to him is. But it was miserable and raining, so we went to France instead.

Day 5

Today I started to chisel out the final large (40x40cm) AH Walter Benjamin line woodcut for the feuilleton. This is the most intricate piece, but I have more experience now, and it's going quite well. I still need to find a way of "pressing" in the printing process; I really need a large and heavy roller of some kind. If only I had my Dad's old garden roller....

Day 4

Today I was able to try out the paper I am hoping to use for the Feuilleton. I embossed a couple of manhole covers, and tried printing a "woodblock line print" and some rubble. It turned out pretty well. The paper is thick enough to not tear when embossed, and holds the shape well, but also accepts the printing ink too. I also realised that I can do a "roller print" of the "blue" shapes from the AH WB on the outline shape. It's not very clear on the photos, but looks quite good in real life.
I also made a couple of small (10cm squared) woodcut blocks of AH Self-Portrait, which I felt would be a nice motif to use on the feuilleton.

Day 3

Another day of not much happening. I couldn't go to the studio as I had a puncture on my motobike, and an interview. I did go and see my friends Jess and Xavi at UntitledBCN, a local "vanity-gallery", to talk about their thoughts on trying to get permissions from the local council for this project, but they are on holiday! I've sent them a message on FB.

Day 2

Does anticipation count as an activity towards breaking the boundaries? Because apart from showing Susannah the sample piece of paper I have bought, I didn't do anything today apart from looking forward to getting the WB Arcades Project book. And it's not even going to be sent from Amazon until the 9th September.

Breaking the Boundaries: 4 weeks to go. Day 1

So far I have done quite a lot of planning, thinking and making for my BTB project, and I decided that it would be useful to work on it a bit more systematically. So every day from now until Sunday September 25th I'm going to blog a little about what I have achieved that day.

So far I have written a background for my project:


This was mainly written in conjunction with James Kowzac (well.. I used a lot of the notes he wrote for me during our first online discussion.) and it needs academic referencing and some further explanation.

At the hairdresser's this afternoon I wrote a few notes:

It's amazing how a project can swing from brilliant to hopeless and back again. Deciding to carve the lines of the Walter Benjamin (WB) Abstract Heads (AH) was brilliant - but the result that I printed on 40cm x 40cm paper was really poor - and the strange shape of the work really off-putting. I wanted a newspaper shape, but thought that 40x40 would be more arty, but realise now that there is something fundamental about a "portrait" shape for a newspaper. I've been looking for a source of newsprint to make the feuilleton but getting nowhere fast. The language barrier is definitely one of the boundaries that need breaking here! Still it was suggested that I check out a couple of shops that sell paper, and I duly went along to Raiman. Here is discovered that they have all sorts of paper, including a very nice recycled sheet of 90cm x 64cm. Folded this gives me 64x45cm which is a very nice shape and size for an arty newspaper, though somewhat larger than the old Broadsheet papers. I'm hoping the photos of the audience opening the feuilleton will look fabulous with this size, and it gives me plenty of room to do an outline AH and then to put something at the bottom. So this might not be the 40x40 design I was thinking about after the Torres-Garcia exhibition (I'll need to get you up to speed on that later) but we'll see how it goes.

Along with the Feuilleton I am going to have a small (A4) piece of paper wrapped around the rolled up newspaper. This will serve two functions; it will recall the similar piece of paper wrapped around newspapers at the time WB was writing notes for his Arcades Project (and which he used to scribble notes on!), and it will enable me to print some "instructions" for the audience in different languages. (I like the idea of using Google Translate to do the Japanese and Chinese translations to provide a really bad translation, in the way that instruction manuals used to be).

In terms of reference material for this project so far I have:
Groundworks - my first attempt at embossing street ironmongery and printing with pieces of found paving and bricks.
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AH WB (Canvas) This is a series 2 AH the three blue shapes of which informed the sclupture and feuilleton. From Abstract Head Experiments June 2011

AH WB (Sculpture)
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Outline Print
From Abstract Heads Experiments August 2011

I also have a pile of old picture frames which I have painted black and blue. I need some to be orange, to keep the colour scheme in tact too. These are to be placed around the area of the WB Memorial Gardens to highlight some of the mundane but interesting sites, giving them the same importance as any other work of art.

Remains ( see film) [and I have just ordered a copy of "Arcades Project" by WB.
WB talked about playing in the rubble of a building site.... need to expand on this.

Finally, I feel that I might like to put some WB quotes on the Feuilleton, but this might detract from the "artwork" nature of it, and in any case, I'm not sure how I would physically print it on.