Friday, 4 April 2014

Drawings from Porto

In December 2013 I took a trip to Porto and started to make reportage drawings of the city. The architecture of Porto falls down the hill of the old town towards the River Douro Estuary. As the low winter sun cast shadows across rooftops, chimney stacks and ceramic tiles, what started out as interior and exterior studies and drawings in graphite, chinagraph and pencil became a study into capturing the abstract nature of the buildings. The line in this instance became a tool to define the edge of where one shape leads to another and began to define the space between both. As the pages turned in the sketchbook the lines became starker and more graphic leading to the overlapping and layering of scenes in a sequential manner.

These drawings are now one of the featured projects on the Reportager site dedicated to Reportage Drawing setup and curated by Gary Embury.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Print Studio

Back in the screen print studio working on some new prints...

Thursday, 20 February 2014

CalArts Workshop

I was recently asked to give a 6 day Neasden Control Centre practical workshop at California Institute of the Arts. I asked the students to respond to a brief based on "What is the visual language of a conspiracy theory?"

"A conspiracy theory is an explanatory proposition that accuses two or more people, a group, or an organization of having caused or covered up, through deliberate collusion, an event or phenomenon of great social, political, or economic impact."

Conspiracy theories continue to transcend collective consciousness and influence profound narratives between fact and fiction of socio - political - environmental agendas. Some theories combine optimistic views of how science can empowerer our exploration of the Solar System, and the world’s oceans. Others expand on celebrity and paranormal phenomena within visionary theories which provide a basis for future fiction. Fact becomes fiction. We discussed what is the visual language of a conspiracy ? How can a direction be formed from this ? and how can this be contained within a book format ? The archive box was used as a device to reference the specific context of the chosen design direction.

The students were required to pick one of the following selected conspiracy theories: Apollo 11 moon landing, Roswell Incident 1947, The Illuminati and New World Order, HAARP and Big Pharma. The deliverables were a 16pp book held within an museum archive box. Here are some photo's during the process and finished pieces in and around the studios at Cal Arts. Thanks to Scott, Jacob and all the students who participated.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Los Angeles in January

I have just returned from a trip to Los Angeles - here are some photos from the trip including; LA Art Book Fair @ Moca, Calarts Library, Echo Park, Culver CIty weirdness, Ace Hotel LA and general signage and good times.