Off Balance – recent land art installation

Many thanks to Jan for his excellent photograph (third image down from top). This piece was a very temporary work, a collaboration with Alan Wilson and Hamilton College, and developed overnight into a completely new combination of shapes. In the vein of the Mountains and Rivers outdoor installation pieces, the images become the artwork in …

Circling Connections: Peter Fischli / David Weiss and Alexander Calder

The tongue and cheek, playful search and questioning of meaning in life and art was a major theme in the development of art in the 20th century, accompanied by a desire, starting with the Surrealists, to really subvert and later skirt around any kind of categorising of artworks. I’ve been thinking about the ‘circus’ of …

Curves and lines on crumbling concrete and rusting metal

I began the day with some cycling and walking, and after being silently passed by a long old fashioned canal boat skippered by a man or a collie ( couldn’t quite tell which) I got to a thinking at the spot for a working. Then into combining and using the various materials with the sketchy …

Sketches for outdoor installation/ sculpture

These were initial line drawing sketches and ideas for continuing this year’s series of ever expanding outdoor works, which seem to have a momentum of their own! I don’t always pre plan works this much, but here I was working through the sketchy vision gradually to try and come up with a visual starting point …

Outdoor Installation Artwork (Abernethy Part 2)

Whilst at Abernethy in the Cairngorms area I made some land art work with a combination of metal, card and also found materials which I salvaged near the river bed. It was really enjoyable and a challenge working in this forested contained environment (midge infested, still itchy thinking about it!), moving quickly to combine the …

Humming wind through metal, Cairngorms walking and artwork

curving cloud whisps , crumbling embattlements , thin brown steel straight and low , under the horizon cutting space , hum , fresh breeze clear skies , unreal machines whizzing by crow wing , silver-grey-blue biege mud , biege puddles , shadow-lines no signs , below the sheep-line , slow ascent tubes and pipes , …

Working on ‘TRACES’ – Artist’s Film

One of the projects I’m working on (and getting quite into) is my first venture into editing footage into an artist’s film. The editing can be a creative and fun way to experiment, much like painting… Working with landscape and machine themes, plus sculptural ideas, I’m trying to fuse the experience of the here and …