Monday, 26 July 2010
Following a non equilibrium growth process, I`ve temporarily moved my blog to another site. To see it click ,Here.
Science- Crochet may continue here, but maybe not.
As the Portugese say,
` Talvez, Talvez nau. Quem sabe?` - ` Maybe , Maybe not , who knows?`
Sunday, 4 July 2010
This photo is one of a series of romantic and beautiful studies by"Enid " on flickr. The series carefully and intellegently investigates domestic objects, as seen through the lens of a microscope. The concept and results reminded me of bits of my own investigation (great minds think alike ...) and brought to mind the quote from Blaise Pascal, `Nature is an infinite sphere of which the centre is everywhere and the circumference nowhere`.
He has many recorded quotes, i particularly liked `Meeting you was fate. Becoming your friend was a choice, falling in love with you I had no control over.`
Circling something in black, makes an interesting visual captive cage . Somehow, the boundaries don`t decrease or detract from the effect of the circles contents, illustrating the Pascal quote. Although it gives limitations within the boundaries, to the immediate dimensions of the image. More More circular work Here. I find circular shapes enchanting . Smooth, graceful ,perfect, optimistic, mysterious, silent, generous . There is a completeness and entity about the shape .
The simple circle is drawn in two dimensions, one of the first geometric shapes we understand as infants. Three dimensions and we have the glorious bouncing sphere. Animated and planetary. Above that in four or more dimensions the shape is called a hypersphere. As the dimensions in mathematical terms increase, my understanding decreases. Except the understanding of hyperbolic crochet that increases on a non Euclidean plane, in multi dimensions. The two dimensional circle and three dimensional sphere operate efficiently within the boundaries of Newtonian mechanics. To investigate the realms of the sphere within the supergalactic or subatomic, it becomes necessary to apply the laws of quantum, and to consider the application of further dimensions. Click the bar at the bottom to see a film.
Monday, 21 June 2010
Saturday, 12 June 2010
The Queens official birthday today. Have a nice one your Maj. In her honours list we have two well deserved awards.
First Professor Brian Cox- (super fox). If science is the new religion, Coxy is our begotten saviour, big time. Handsome, genius and media omnipresent. He received an OBE. He should be made king. Of the world, no, the Universe. He has done more to advance the public education in science matters than anything else ever. He has wonderful clarity of thought and a loyalty to his craft that is admirable. And he is breath- stoppingly gorgeous.
Also an MBE for the legend that is John Cale. The man behind the viola drone and most of the arranging on the Velvet Underground`s seminal album. Sometimes referred to as the `Banana`album. Real life living legend, experimental musician and superstar, he caused much opinion and conversation with his installation ` Dark Days`, in the Welsh pavilion ,at the Venice Biennale last year. His biography `Whats Welsh for Zen?` was an astonishing read.
Music and science. One and the same thing, inextricably linked. Scales, systems, maths and movement. The legend that was, or may have been, the pre-Socratic mystic and scientist, Pythagoras, had many beautiful theories about the links between what was then perceived as the Cosmos, and the mathematics that described music and the motions of planetary ellipses. After a vision from the God Thoth, he conceived `The Harmony of the Spheres`.
Johannes Kepler's 1619 treatise , `Harmonica Mundi `,was inspired by Pythagoras writings, you can hear a contenporary musical interpretation , click the link.
Kepler was one of the greatest mathematicians of that time. He wrote `Eponymous Laws for planetary motion `, which in turn informed (Sir) Issac Newtons laws on gravitational force.
So, a job traditionally filled by legends , is now safely being filled by my favorite public science figure. (Note I didn't use the term celebrity). Just so happens that Professor Brian Cox was also a pop star, before he became a scientist for a living.
The links between art and science.
I would love to discuss the origins of the universe with John Cale.
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Sunday, 30 May 2010
Division of the Euclidean plain.
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
For more `Druid`s Cord Saint Asaph`s Loop` Flickr pictures click. here
For short documentary films about past installations click here
Monday, 24 May 2010
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Thursday, 6 May 2010
Sunday, 25 April 2010
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Sunday, 4 April 2010
Anthony Gormley, Field for the British Isles
Helen Frik is a British born artist who has an installation at Chapter Arts Centre , Cardiff.
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Some of the staff
My crocheted cakes
More pictures of the Oriel Myrddin Garden Party here
I feel very fortunate to be able to work in the Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen. Its a lovely old building that used to be an art school, we sometimes get stories of antics from the towns older residents , about things that happened when they were art school students. We are also very lucky to have a super relationship with our regulars , who turn up for openings and workshops on a regular basis. Thank you!
Saturday, 27 March 2010
This is a picture of french writer and philosopher (and of course obsesser, if there is such a word),
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Spring equinox brought about some sad changes in my life. I feel uninspired by them, really not very spring like at all . But the weather does not help, there you are then- as they say in Wales.
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Out and about in the West Wales countryside for a change. This time for a meeting at New Mill, Drefelin. I showed `Iota Island` at an exhibition at the mill , called `Rhod` last year. Dave Shepherd - (Image Salvage and Reclamation), was one of the other featured artists at the show. He too has revisited the mill, in fact it seems he never left! His installation has been there ever since, moved around in various forms, a bit like a conceptual squatter. I took some time to study the re-installed piece.
Thinking- in relation to a piece I will be showing there later this year, it seemed definate and so visible.
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Monday, 8 March 2010
The Auricula Theatre at Calke Abbey.
Sunday, 28 February 2010
`Imagination is more important that knowledge. For knowledge is is limited to all we know now and understand, while imagination embraces he entire world and all there ever will be to know and understand.`
I was lucky enough to have the Iota chosen as part of the show. It took two days to install., Many millions of billions of thanks to Jake , for dropping everything at a moments notice to help with installation. His calm and logical systems over rode my moments of relatively controlled hysteria and we got most of it done on the first day. See his beautiful photos and some of mine on flickr here
I find peoples reactions interesting when confronted with an installation in the same vicinity as more traditional two and three dimensional work. Not only are they mystified by the appearance of the piece, but by the science theory behind it. Dan Shaw, the Torch Theatre manager looked up and said...`it`s like being in the forest.` Fabulous. I hope there will be a review of the show on the web site soon.