Thu
16
Mar
2017

THE ARTY TOURIST GUIDE

East Sussex is full of interesting places to visit and many have connecting themes.

 

 

The Long Man of Wilmington is a hill figure on the steep slopes of Windover Hill … near Wilmington surprisingly.

In sight of this, although quite a long way away, is the fascinating Farleys House near Chiddingly, which has been converted into a museum and archive featuring the lives and work of its former residents, the photographer Lee Miller and the Surrealist artist Roland Penrose. Well worth a tour – details under this link.

And then there’s this ….

 

 

… the Short Man of Fairlight which isn’t in sight of anything really although of course it is insightful.
However this will be available to view during Coastal Currents Open Studios 2017. Oh, by the way, there will also be a variation on this theme just as soon as I’ve made it.

 

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Fri
24
Feb
2017

GENTLE DIGS

I love to have a gentle dig at the expense of the
art establishment.

This piece starts off a new series I’ll be making under the banner
‘Art on a Shoestring’.

It’s titled ‘The Physical Possibility of Affording Some Art’.

I went to Goldsmiths’ College quite a few years before Damien Hirst and co
and therefore missed out on the excitement of the Brit Art phenomenon. I’m quite pleased as I think it must have been rather confusing.

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Thu
16
Feb
2017

ROLL REVERSAL

Here’s a jolly jape when visiting friends.

When you use the facilities change how the loo roll is presented and never say anything to anybody ever*. Do this every time you visit like I do.

*whoops

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Sun
5
Feb
2017

GOOD LUCK!

 

I’m very lucky.

I have the time and inclination to change this …

 

… via this …

… and adding it to this …

 

… to make this.

 

 

Now all I’ve got to do is work out how to
display it in a freestanding position in the middle of the lawn.

My Trick Cyclist will be on show during Coastal Currents Open Studios 2017.

As I’ve often said “UP HASTINGS!!!”

 

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Thu
2
Feb
2017

THE TEDDY TEAM ….

 

…. are still in training.

 

No one has any idea why or for what.

 

Go with the flow say I.

 

Wed
18
Jan
2017

ART – THE ANTIDOTE TO ALGORITHMS


There are no rules.

Think outside and inside and on top of and underneath the box.

Ignore the box.

Don’t think.

Over think.

If you encourage viewers to see something they haven’t noticed before, or to think differently, or anger them, or give them a reassuring warm feeling, or present an image that haunts … or any reaction at all, then you’ve succeeded to some degree at least.

Viewers have responsibilities as well.

I like the thinkers who are interested enough to see beyond face value. Yawning is very annoying.

Art can be a problem to be solved and sometimes it isn’t.

If you need me I’ll be in the shed.

Sat
24
Dec
2016

MINI TWIGLET JENGA

A few years ago I invented this marvellous game! The family love to play it.

Twiglet Jenga

The rules are simple.

You play in reverse of normal Jenga in that each person takes a turn to add to the tower. When someone causes the tower to collapse they have to eat all the Twiglets.

There is one additional rule for grownups. Every time  I hear someone murmur “Bloody stupid game” they have to have a shot of cooking sherry.

The last person to be sick WINS!

Have a lovely Christmas and a very happy 2017 – what could possibly go wrong?

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Sat
17
Dec
2016

PARTY TIME!

Moscow Nights 2012

We went to a lunch this week to celebrate the 60th birthday of one of my Russian cousins. It was a lovely occasion, though not uneventful, and a good time was had by all.

A trio played traditional Russian music, which bizarrely included ‘Those were the days’ by Mary Hopkins, which added to the atmosphere.  My goodness,  a couple of balalaikas and an accordion can create some volume.

We were lucky enough to be sitting right by the band. It was only possible to speak to immediate neighbours.

One of my young cousins was sitting opposite me. I hadn’t seen her for ages. I passed a message round the table “How are you Sarah?” and the reply came back “Level 567 on Candy Crush.” I gave up the idea of trying to have a sensible conversation and just chatted to the people sitting right next to me.

When the main course arrived it was a tad under seasoned for my taste. It needed salt. The salt was the other side of the table. I passed the message along “Pass the salt please.” When the request reached Sarah I noticed her calling over a waitress and whispering to her. Oh good, it was working. To my amazement the waitress then ran off and before I knew what was happening I had been bundled into a wheel chair and propelled into the disabled loo.

I won’t go into details about what I did next but if you’re in the Brighton area the local Russian folk band are looking for new instruments.

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Thu
15
Dec
2016

THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Realistic vector magnifying glass

Most people use magnifying glasses to help see fine detail, to examine and discover.

A few use them to start fires or kill small insects.

I could waffle on about what I’m getting at but you are all intelligent enough to understand … I hope.

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Fri
11
Nov
2016

A VIEWING SUGGESTION

This is what ducks do

For those people who can’t get beyond wondering why I use rubber ducks a lot this might help. Imagine the duck is a person, even perhaps, yourself.

Anyway, this piece is called ‘This is What Ducks Do’ and is made from very heavy limestone and a rubber duck. Technically it was quite tricky to make as people, I mean ducks, squash easily.

This is on display at my secret Portuguese gallery and may be viewed by appointment.

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