Journal

Thinking about my exhibition

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Work in progress


I’ve been thinking about the different elements for my show in February:

  • paintings
  • black out drawings
  • small drawings
  • wall work
  • and possibly posters / photocopies in some form

Looking at my paintings, I’ve half a dozen small works I’m happy with, all quite idiosyncratic. I need more, that’s for sure. And I’m trusting they will make sense when shown together.

I’ve yet to decide how best to show the works on paper. They could be framed, pinned to the wall as is, perhaps even photographed with the resulting image being enlarged, framed and hung.

As for the wall work – I’ve yet to decide what, where, even if I want to include one. How it will (or won’t) work with the paintings is something I’m acutely aware of. There are also practicalities to consider – having four or five days to install may sound like a lot of time, but it limits what can be done, especially when you take drying times into consideration.

I’m also beginning to think about the works in relation to the space at Toi Pōneke – it’s pretty big and has it’s oddities, all of which influence where the works may be installed. At the moment it’s like trying to complete a jigsaw puzzle without having either the picture on the box or all of the pieces, but I’m getting a good idea of what might be missing.

Pretty ugly

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Work in progress
acrylic on board
480 × 480mm
2019

Hands a little damp and cold after washing my brushes. A couple of hours of painting and five pieces have been moved forward. Well, moved somewhere. The smallest work needs a black corner changed to a blue and that may be enough. One of the square panels, is looking pretty ugly and I’m unsure as to where it’s going. There are great details in it, which I’ll no doubt have to lose before the work is finished. The third piece, another square panel, feels slower and probably needs to be worked in such a way. A smaller panel lies flat, the thin paint drying. It’s still got some way to go. As for the fifth panel I’m tempted to paint most of it a flat mid grey – well, as flat as the underlying textures will allow. Right now much of what I’m working on feels uncertain and up in the air, so I’ve got to trust the process.

Complete?

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As yet untitled
acrylic on canvas
300 × 380mm
2019

That thing where I make a painting, almost out of nowhere, right at the end of a painting session and it feels good. Complete even.

Will it survive the night?

Under fresh (or not so fresh) morning scrutiny it may wither, its thinness revealed in the bright light of a new day. Or perhaps it will stand its ground, remain strong and make it into an exhibition.

Come together

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Work in progress
acrylic on canvas
397 × 445mm
2019

At the risk of tempting fate, I’m feeling this one, with a little more work, is about to come together… or fall totally apart!

I’m reminded of a detail in a David Salle painting – an African or Cubist sculpture realistically rendered, possibly a painting within a painting. Quite how reliable my memory is I can’t be sure. A look online retrieves many David Salle paintings, but not the one in my minds eye.

Curiosity

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Black and white photocopy of painting


On my foundation course, the painting constructions I was making would go through several changes across a day. Wax would be added here, something scraped off there – nothing was sacred or precious and everything was new and unknown.

It’s this playful curiosity I’m seeking to rediscover while making this new body of work. The above image is the result of placing a painting on top of a photocopier and hitting print.