world of functioning beauty.
April 6th - 12th
The Coach House Gallery, Calderstones Park, Liverpool
are unknowingly beautiful and supremely functional;
this marriage of function and form is very appealing to me, a
world which has been neglected but which I hope will return. The
accomplished artist understands and is sympathetic to this relationship
even if the piece is not directly associated with it. With my
photography so far, I enjoy making a study of a particular subject
over some time. My love of chimney’s started from watching
birds on roofs whilst doing loft conversions when I first moved
to London. I would take pictures of birds and find myself looking
at the brickwork in the chimneys. They are just one of those things
in life people never really notice properly, and this is everything
to do with art.
are structure from chaos; each thing in an allotment has its own
currency separate from the outside world. An old broken window
is used to produce a greater crop; I find the reality of this
more functional and satisfying than modern living.
Allotments should be one of Britain’s great symbols, they
have been forgotten about in our recent history but thankfully
interest in them seems to 'sprouting' once more. I have one in
Tottenham, London, the work involved feels honest and I find being
in this environment inspires me. I think it was Magritte who used
to sit with the Artichokes for a time each day. This makes sense
to me, not only is the presence of vegetation important for drawing
lines, but witnessing natures work ethic helps awaken it in ourselves.