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Friday, February 27, 2009

Let me show you some of my art.

Current mood: anxious

This is my space in the Fine Art studio. As you can see, it requires a new word to be created, to describe the next stage up from 'unworkable mess'. Unfortunately I only have photographs of a select number of works, and at that, only recent ones. Please remember that most of these are work in progress.

clothes, wool, timber, ink

This installation is an exploration of determinism, the philisophical concept that we have no free will- our brain looks at a range of options, and picks the one that will best suit our needs. Our actions are just a result of past actions and events in our lives. Determinism is very similiar to the Buddhist idea of 'dependence of origin', one of the truths that Buddha learnt of in his enlightment. This states that there is a huge web of actions that extends across the world and back into the past, and any bad movement we make will be part of the web, and will cause another bad movement in the future. This piece is a practice for a larger installation that I will be creating for my foundation final show- a much more complex, expansive and better researched sculpture that I am planning to name Pratītyasamutpāda (Sanskrit for 'dependent origination').

Paths Cross
wool, timber, ink

This piece also deals with dependent origination. It symbolises a persons timeline, with outside influences bending and twisting its direction.

clothes, resin, ink, lighting

This piece explores our connection with possessions, and how being in close contact with something can leave part of us in it, and it in us. I don't really believe in the spiritual side of this, more the psychological, where prized possessions can become an extension of someone's personality. However, I thought it would be an interesting concept to illustrate.

wool, timber

This installation is part of my reaction to the culture-shock of visiting India. A large amount of the visual inspiration I got there was from the telephone wires on the streets. I don't know why, it was probably one of the colder and scarier aspects of the city, but it's still fresh in my mind. I have a huge amount of work inspired by Kolkata, I don't even know what to do with it all. Anyone want some?

metal wire, timber

My apologies for the terrible photograph of this, I don't have much light in my workspace. This is my final piece for the Life Drawing NCFE qualification. I was really inspired by a drawing exercise we did where the model walked around the room while we drew her- no time to measure, no time to analyse, just time to express. This is what I think of as a 3D drawing, where I have bent lots of metal wires to follow the contours of my sketched lines. They all hang in a big tangle from a frame I built on the ceiling.

ink, acrylic, rice, canvas

These pieces were more of an experiment than anything. They're shocking, they're crude, but they're also very personal and very cathartic. Too personal really for me to explain to anyone who can't work it out themselves.

chalk, charcoal, fabriano

A piece for an exercise we are doing where we have to draw emotions. This is a pretty big drawing, I'm not too happy with it, but other people seem to be. Quite a reflection on the name, really. Hur hur hur.

That's all I have on photograph, I hope this was enlightening. I think India has sunk in enough for me to write a blog with photographs and stories from the trip, give me a couple of days to come up with that.
2:30 am - 10 comments - 12 Kudos
Friday, January 23, 2009

I had my appointment.

Doctor told me I have anxiety disorder and depression, the first being the cause of my dieting.

She offered me a valium perscription for my long haul flight tonight, but I said no. So I've now been perscribed 'a few drinks on the plane'.

On my return, I have to make arrangements for counselling.
11:16 am - 1 comments - 0 Kudos
Sunday, January 18, 2009

University prospectuses are full of shite.

I was planning on applying to one particular school, to take Art & Music, but when I checked the entry requirements, it said I would need grade 8 in my first instrument, grade 5 in my second, and grade 8 theory. I have the first two, but the third- no chance.

Anyway, on the ucas forums, some stupid ho contacts me because we're both applying for music courses. Turns out she has a fucking place there, with just grade 5 on first and second. No theory, no practical musicianship, just two intermediate instrumental grades. All she needs to get in now is 200 ucas points.

What the fuck?

So yeah, to people who are applying next year- ring up the universities and don't look at what is says in the entry requirements, because someone might just take the place you could have had, and waste it on being shit.
11:55 am - 3 comments - 2 Kudos
Friday, January 16, 2009

Got my call.

Current mood: calm

Talked to my doctor on the phone about the problem. I have an appointment next Friday, and I've been told to start listening to relaxation CDs.
10:35 am - 3 comments - 0 Kudos
Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Current mood: calm

12:55 pm - 6 comments - 8 Kudos
Tuesday, December 23, 2008

My mate's album is out tomorrow.


Get involved.

11:38 am - 0 comments - 0 Kudos
Sunday, December 14, 2008

Just hit 20,000 profile views.

But I don't give a shit and neither do you.

Here's a picture of a beaver.

7:04 am - 6 comments - 0 Kudos
Friday, November 28, 2008

Khaos Records.

Current mood: anxious

Miami, baby.

Next album is going to be fully printed, and quite possibly for sale on itunes aswell.

Khaos are going to get onto booking gigs next week, and I'm working on two tracks for a promotional album which will be in conjunction with D.O.E and Khaos Faktory.
12:28 pm - 5 comments - 2 Kudos
Monday, November 17, 2008

The plan.

Current mood: calm

1. Get re-signed. Two companies are interested- one major label, one Indie. I'll go with the Indie label if possible- less pressure.
2. Release the album 'Change'. This one is going out through itunes and will require an initial investment, which I am very happy to go through with. This will happen simultaneously with:
3. Series of gigs to promote 'Change', which will result in:
4. Global spiritual and political revolution.
5. Buy milk.
4:51 pm - 4 comments - 4 Kudos
Saturday, November 15, 2008

My first tab on UG.

Current mood: blah


It was an absolute fucking mish to work out, but enjoy. This marks the day when the median quality of UG's tabs slowly starts to rise.

Iiro Rantala New Trio- Shit Catapult

7:17 am - 2 comments - 4 Kudos
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