Tuesday 29 October 2013

Future Projects

This section is going to appear very disjointed for a time _ I'm going to use it as a repository for images and quotes which will be informing my work for the next few months, and BOY is there a ton of stuff to work on through. First up, Wez and Helen at the revamped/relaunched Bullpen have announced a series of new pours for cast iron to take place in February, then I have a series of projects which have been tickling the back of my mind for ages now and which I'm beating myself up for not having realised sooner.

SO - much of the notation and linked here might appear disjointed or part of an apparently meaningless riddle - but they all fit together (at least to some extent) within the Robson brain. If anyone passes by and has a question, feel free, as frankly I could do with some checks and challenges to keep this meandering path on course ;).

In the meantime, I'm feeling very inspired by some wise words from the lovely Sioban Coppinger on next steps in my pseudo artists career (ie the time I have left after the bits of marketing and the heritage conservation.) I'm also keeping my thoughts and best wishes with Pam Brown - the woman who has the very dubious distinction of having set this whole crazy train of activity in motion. This summer is the tenth anniversary of the first time I set foot at Moss House... As they say, the rest is history!

There are of course some darker aspects of the processes which are leading to what I hope comes to pass - but what can you do about the aspects of fate which shadow your path, both behind and ahead? Its a typical artists cliché to react against things all the time. I'm hoping to absorb those feelings and naturally reflect them rather than wallow and indulge in them. Experiences create a thread through your life which is inescapable - and the knots in it can either be treated as a weakness and flaw, cut out repaired maybe, or hopefully, absorbed, incorporated and accepted and made stronger for having had them. That seems to be where I'm aimed at the moment: its not what happened or happens or will happen, its about determining the fake from the real, and to being able to judge who's and whats merely damaged and who is overtly malign. It means this blog is essentially a very personal journey from here on in and I have to put objectivity out of the picture for the time being: I have learnt the hard way that what ever you think you know about anyone is only ever going to be seen through the lens of your own hopes and fears. That, dear reader, means I've got to stop thinking about you at all. So if things become indistinct from now on, that's why.

And so it is with the creative process, I guess. There's going to be a branching in the path - some work will be created with no other intent but to sell to enable me to continue my practice - that'll be the stuff 'looking out'. Others will be for me and me alone. The looking inwards. I've learned I can't trust those I believed in, so its time to try and learn to trust the only person I know. I've always previously felt as though that kind of logic is an indulgence - but I've lost important reference points within the last couple of years.

That's the waffle - the attempt at self justification and the typical artists rationalisation. Its a process which makes me deeply uncomfortable, given the contempt I've learned to hold so many conventionally arts-educated artists and their collegiate spout, but deeds without thoughts or words are empty, even if so many use them to obfuscate the fact that saying and doing are two entirely different things...

So, the following is a scrapbook/diary/reference resourse of images and thoughts as they come. No apologies. here's hoping they make sense in the long run when seen in the context of the pieces they inspire.

Sunday 6 October 2013

Quick updates...

I've been a slightly lazy blogger once more! I'll add some more pictures to 'finished works' shortly, but must confess that a lot of my more up-to-date posts are going onto my two arts and work related Facebook pages. Please come and 'like' them!

www.facebook.com/Blackandwhiteconservation is my page which details my stone restoration and repair work

www.facebook.com/BlackandWhiteCasting is my page for my arts related escapades

Oh, and if any of you are sculptors with experience of iron casting, I'm also a founder member of ABICA - the Association of British Iron Casting Artists. That too has a page if you'd like to find out more: www.facebook.com/pages/ABICA

Monday 20 May 2013

Another long break...

Its been a long while since I posted anything here. Its a sign of how busy I've been, and how (until recently) Facebook was a more convenient way of keeping people up to date with what I've been up to. Thanks to the more mercenary way in which Facebook is being run, this is no longer the case! Stimulation if any was needed to both keep the B&W blog a bit more up to date - and to get on with the long promised commercial website I've been promising myself.

If you take yourselves over to the finished works section, you can see a draft picture of the latest piece 'Petalura', which is going to be part of the exhibition I'm running with Gina Dunford in Bath this August (details tomorrow). There are a number of other works in the offing - including this draft picture:

There's plenty changed on this cast iron piece since this photo was taken - the base has been proofed with a weather-proof black paint and the base will soon be mounted on a level plinth and the recess filled with water. I've done some tests and the effect is pretty damn good. More photos to follow...

Here's another light-hearted casting for Entomos too -

 Come 'like' my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BlackandWhiteCasting in the meantime for some recent news and images - but as I said at the beginning of this post, maybe not forever!!

Saturday 9 February 2013

Long time. no see

Hello all,

Its been a long time since I've logged on: various reasons and excuses, but the last 12 months have been 'interesting'. Lots of lessons learned, I guess. There'll be a major update and upgrade of my online offering in due course - and expect to see this blog and page incorporated into a seriously updated 'proper' artists gallery.

In the meantime, I'm going to post up some episodes from a piece of writing I'm doing in association with Gina Dundord and our forthcoming insect themed exhibition 'Entomos' which will be hosted in Bath this summer (details to follow). Come find my Facebook page, Blackandwhitecasting - or the Entomos Facebook page for more details!