Thursday, September 2, 2010

What the bloody - hell are YOU doing?

This is a recent drawing I called "WOMAN" (approx. 1.5m x 2m). My mum recently died. She was 100.
I've been trying to get my work off the 'pedestal', separated from the sterility of the gallery and connected with the natural world. This could explain the lack of cropping but, in truth, I didn't know how. What does it matter if 'certainity' isnt all that important?
I often wonder what others are doing in their workshops/sheds and think that the cpm blogsite - underused &/or forgotten - might be a good place to share our ideas.
Did you see the doko. last night on Anish Kapoor?


Jo Olive said...

I often wonder what "tinkerings" are happening in the studios of other CPMers - I also agree that this platform for discussion, sharing and evolution of ideas is greatly under-used. It's been some time since I have been at CPM but the studio at home has been the scene of many a tinker. Maybe this is the perfect place for brief expressions of creative thoughts and dabblings when the CPM studio is difficult to get to for what ever reason?

michael said...

I agree,Jo, because sometimes i'm as interested in the thoughts, dabbles & tinkers as I am the product of mine & others work.
I would like to shoot a video or still shots of the making of a drawing from first inkling through to the end result. I want to include hints of the detours, left field suprises & aspects of life in between which also have a bearing on the work. Not to be instructional but to give a sense of the whole drawing experience. A friend suggested You Tube but then I found that you can put a slideshow on blog (somehow). Maybe this is the way to go.
The thing I like about talking about one's work like this is that no one has to listen or watch if they don't want to.

jo olive said...

I love the idea of eavesdropping of the creative process via vid - love You-tube and also love the idea of following a spiral of still photos around a gallery/space, walking the footsteps of an artwork/day/afternoon. I still believe that no matter how many times we peer inside the work spaces of artists, the general idea about the creative process is still steeped in mystery and myth. For some that is an alienating preoccupation - what goes on in a studio? The Studio is actually a really inspiring theme to explore for an exhibition or a body of work - what's on your desk, what's pinned to the cork board, the to-do list, phone messages, walks and mediations on the frustrations and joys.