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On 5th September 2015, Richard Guest and I visited the Joseph Cornell exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. We continued to talk about the show via email for a number of weeks. Here is the result of that electronic conversation.

Joseph Cornell: Naples, 1942 Joseph Cornell: Naples, 1942

David: This show was a show that we were both very keen to see, and I don’t think either of us was disappointed. I wouldn’t say that I loved every piece, but the ones that caught my eye were intriguing, atmospheric and formally perfect. You would need to look at them for a very long time to really appreciate all their qualities.

You had a much better idea of his work than I did before we went – I was eager to go based on his reputation. And Cornell’s reputation is very strong among contemporary art audiences …I am curious about why that is. He is…

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La Rossa, 2015

La Rossa, 2015
Street photography and digital manipulation

From the moment I started taking street shots in earnest, I wanted to see them next to abstract paintings. It seemed like it would make an interesting fit. Since then I have taken a lot of street shots and developed a more abstract way of working with the images I take. So it seemed natural to bring the two strands of what I do together. La Rossa is a work in progress, or rather an element of a larger work. Having taken the step of combining works I discovered what La Rossa is missing is another element: a tabletop sculpture…back to work.

La Rossa (I), 2015– La Rossa (I), 2015 –

La Rossa (II), 2015– La Rossa (II), 2015 –

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La Rossa is the third track on Van der Graaf Generator’s 1976 album, Still Life. You can listen to the song (9:54 of sonic heaven) here.

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Leon Hart, who has been a friend of TFIPM for a long time and been thrice captured in street portrait form, (the last time being here) has an exhibition of his paintings from the last two years coming up at the Leyden Gallery in London 24-28th November 2015. Leon’s work is great, so this is a must see.

Leon Hart Flyer 2

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And finally, Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures and it’s called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out!

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Untitled (Mutie #1), 2015

Untitled (Mutie #1), 2015, acrylic on paper, digital manipulation

 

During my break, (and as a result of working with Barry Comer (our project can be viewed here) and Dan Parnell (a post about our collaboration is coming soon) I began to wonder what it would be like doing my thing with one of my own paintings as a starting point. The answer is: very different from working with another person (and the anonymous others whose markings I photograph around London and use in my regular digital constructs).

While I like certain aspects of working this way, there’s a slight feeling of airlessness and claustrophobia about it (and I think I went for a wilder composition as a result). It’s kind of like when a recording artist plays every instrument on their latest album. Paul McCartney has done this, as has Prince, and most of Peter Hammill’s albums are made this way. Sometimes it works spectacularly, but on other occassions there’s something a little too “regular” or realised about a track. A fine line…I’m going to make some more.

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This post is named after the track Gog on Peter Hammill’s 1974 album, In Camera. It was his first to be almost entirely played by himself. Drumming is by the great Guy Evans. Backing vocals on one track by the great Chris Judge Smith.

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I have started a blog called Between Scarlett and Guest. It’s a dialogue in pictures. You can read/ eavesdrop on the conversation here.

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You Scream / I Scream, 2015– You Scream / I Scream, 2015 –

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I have started a new blog together. It’s a conversation in pictures and it’s called Between Scarlett and Guest.

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Densitive, 2015– Densitive, 2015 –

As far as I’m concerned, this is the definition of loose – the image was put together over a few nights. Once the main elements were in place, I made only minor adjustments, left it for a week and then went with it. But I still look at it and think, “my God, you’re uptight”. To top off the looseness, the title is not mine but my son’s – a conflation of density and sensitive.

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I have started a new blog called Between Scarlett and Guest. It’s a dialogue in pictures. You can read/ eavesdrop on the conversation here.

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Light / Fireworks, 2015– Light / Fireworks, 2015 –

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I have started a new blog together. It’s a conversation in pictures and it’s called Between Scarlett and Guest.

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30th June 2015 (sketch), 2015– 30th June 2015 (sketch), 2015 –

Keen observers of TFIPM will have noticed that posts are usually made three times a week on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Today I’m unable to publish a finished picture (very disorganised/ couldn’t decide on a single image etc), so you are getting TFIPM’s first work in progress post.

The image above is constructed entirely from shots taken on the 30th June 2015 in Central London. At the moment, I’m unsure about the central image. Right up until I started writing this post, it had the title, The Joy of Conservatism, 2015. But, I’m dithering about that too.

Here are a couple of early iterations…

30th June 2015 (sketch) Early Version #1

Two identifiable elements here are a builder’s sheet (the big blue blob at centre), and a billboard image (clouds).

30th June 2015 (sketch) Early Version #2Sadly, I came across a decapitated bird. The image in the top left corner is of a makeshift shelter made from a boarded up gap between two abandoned buildings.

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I have started a new blog called Between Scarlett and Guest. It’s a dialogue in pictures. You can read/ eavesdrop on the conversation here.

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If You Go Away, 2015– If You Go Away, 2015 –

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I have started a new blog called Between Scarlett and Guest. It’s a dialogue in pictures. You can read/ eavesdrop on the conversation here.

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Newton's Cradle, 2015– Newton’s Cradle, 2015 –

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I have started a new blog called Between Scarlett and Guest. It’s a dialogue in pictures. You can read/ eavesdrop on the conversation here.

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Blunderbuss, 2015– Blunderbuss, 2015 –

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This post is dedicated to Dan and Mario.

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I have started a new blog called Between Scarlett and Guest. It’s a dialogue in pictures. You can read/ eavesdrop on the conversation here.

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