Thursday, 12 September 2013

5 New Brooms, Queen's Wood 7-8th September 2013

Part of this year's ReKindle Get Culture! show, my piece was actually about getting less culture, or to be more precise, about my own apparent inability to declutter my own life of all the surplus cultural artifacts I have lying around. Books, CDs, DVDs, videos, cassette tapes – some of this stuff is so old it's gaining retro appeal. In terms of what I've made this year, I wanted to create something that 'floated' above the ground and had a sense of weightlessness. I also wanted it to catch the sunlight and for the whole structure to move gently in the breeze and luckily I seem to have succeeded. Thanks to everyone who gave me their comments – whatever they were, (especially the local lady who said: "We want you to leave this up!"). Thanks to all the artists who took part in the show, and of course Tony and Judith for organising it – together you made another ReKindle show worthwhile and fun to be part of.

Monday, 9 September 2013

That's your lot 13, Ally Pally, May Bank Holiday

A late post about this ReKindle event, but a show I really enjoyed for the 'flashmob' style performance piece 'Chalk it out', where we all took turns chalking around each other lying flat on the ground when the whistle blew. As for my own work, 'Love arts' was quite popular, indeed you could say it was a runaway success, as in someone ran away with them while I was getting a coffee. I guess I should be flattered. I then spent the next two days recreating them 'live' in the park and met a lot of nice people along the way. Why Love arts? Well with arts being bumped down the national curriculum and with arts generally being cut here there and everywhere, it's easy to get negative, so time to flip the script. Love arts was an attempt to make people just feel good and appreciate art.

Monday, 10 September 2012

10 Ugly Mistakes. Queen's Wood September 8-9, 2012.

10 Ugly Mistakes Men Make. 10 Ugly Mistakes Women Make. 9 Things She'll Never Tell You. 8 Ways To Make Any Man Fall For You. 7 First Date Mistakes. 6 Common Mistakes Women Make When Choosing A Man. 5 Ways To Drive Her Crazy In Bed. 4 Things Any Woman Should Know About Men. 3 Things That Turn Her Off. 2 Easy Ways To get Your Man. 1 Near Disaster Almost Falling Out Of This Tree But Not Quite. Having The Comedy Moment. Comedy Is Always Around The Corner. 2 Days In Queen's Wood With A Bunch Of Nice Arty People. Lovely.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Terms and conditions apply

‘Terms and conditions apply’ for Bah Humbug!, Ally Pally 2012. In keeping with this year’s theme, these pieces take a dim view of how apparently easy life is. Everything comes with strings attached, from personal relationships to phone contracts. Why can’t everyday life and the things that matter most just work without the small print? Why does everything we’re promised today have to be dependent and conditional. I’m going to ask you to sign an 18 month contract now. Happy?

Saturday, 10 September 2011

I've been asleep: Queen's Wood 2011

The show title is 'Green Shoots'. 20 artists doing site specific and performance pieces in Queen's Wood, Highgate, North London. My piece is an 'oversized' piece again. I seem to be good at messing with scale and it tends to work quite well in lovely outside spaces like this ancient woodland. These are 9 plaster 'sleeping pills', 7 inches across in the old money. So it's about rebirth, it's about waking up, a return to consciousness. Or it's oversized sleeping pills with writing on, it's whatever you make of it! On for this weekend only, 10-11th September 2011. Thanks again to Tony & Judith at for having me along.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Sometime you just have to let (138 balloons) go

More balloon release pics courtesy of Sian. I'm aware I didn't really explain the reason for 138 balloons before. It's how old Ally Pally is and as this piece is all about letting go of the past that seemed appropriate!

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Ally Pally 2011: 'Art free for all'

Thanks to everyone who helped me inflate and tag 138 balloons, especially Alice. No doubt Heathrow radar picked this up as the balloon release didn't go exactly according to plan! There was a gale blowing and a small vortex twisted everything up as I left the boathouse – giving them out individually was impossible. They seemed to be breaking up a bit as they gained height. Good luck to everyone who took a numbered balloon ticket. If your balloon makes it the furthest I'll treat you to tea, cake and half an hour on the boating lake. Can't say fairer than that can I? Watch this space. Props to Judith for the bottom image.