EXHIBITION ATWORKPLACE COOPERATIVE 115 March 11 - April 21 2011 On viewing the building I became aware that I would like to approach the space in a different Way to how I would usually present an exhibition. I hired the Stoke Newington Library gallery to make some big abstract work for the space. Anyone familiar with my work knows that I paint live at gigs working with the energy and audio visual characteristics of mainly improvised music. This is often done on the sidelines where I produce ‘representational’ imagery of musicians. The gig work here differs as it was either made in a situation where I performed live using my equipment sonically as well as visually, or made listening to recordings of full throttle improvisers and working closely with the energy of their sound in an intense period. The other work I chose is just different from my usual and somehow a bit personal
The Private View featured a live performance with Gina Southgate and guitarist John Russell where these two paintings were produced. Helen Petts filmed the video below....
SPIN TOPS I produced these images for the brochure cover of 'Corta Hurdel' (spin top) an improvised music festival in Madrid and Barcelona March 2011
SUSAK EXPO 2010 In the summer of 2010 we were asked by our friend Cedric Christie to participate in the Susak biennial which he was curating. The title of the exhibition was Family. The idea behind the theme was that as a family unit on a daily basis you deal with decisions and negotiations in the same way as those made in the global political arena. His idea was to ask artists to work with their families to make a piece of artwork that they would accompany to the small island of Susak in Croatia. We decided to participate but not to accompany our work. We created these portraits in our tent in Norfolk with 2 of us posing while 2 of us painted allowing 20 minutes for each quarter of the whole. The process was interesting and revealing highlighting family dynamics and surprisingly reinforcing the idea of the curator. We were all surprised by the end resemblance the composite portraits bore to us.