First Tutorial: Monday 30th October 2017 (9.30 am)

with Jonathan Kearney

I benefitted hugely from this and felt very encouraged to do all that I had in mind (I have a lot in mind and did a lot of talking – too much to write here) and more. In particular, I see that it is important to be ambitious. My ideas were well received by Jonathan and I shall document them as soon as possible – the painting keeps calling me – it is in full swing now, the header image shows it on my table.

Jonathan emphasised the importance of keeping painting very much at the centre of my practice, which confirms my own conviction having put most of my life already to developing my own approach to painting, it has become more and more like an axis mundi. I am fully committed to it and always have been, it feels like a faith, I am not religious otherwise. Now with a large body of work already behind me, my perspective is very different to that of earlier years. I feel I am in control of my painting, which makes my choices much easier. Experience tells me over and over again that the way ahead is best mapped by being aware of that which is to be avoided – I have found that things do get clearer – I did not know that I would ever arrive at this point, I just kept going, never cutting my idea short. My approach has always been a very long-term one.

Now though, I am faced with a rather different context – I must look at what I can do in the immediate, short-term. Important too; I no longer have the luxury of so much time ahead, which I did have when I was younger.

The talk also confirmed that the layered historical context that is part of my biography is important. I have been reflecting on this in particular and have begun writing it up – many contexts have contributed to my own formation and evolution, and need to be documented – this I shall put down in writing on a page titled historical/biographical context – which I shall keep adding to until it is complete – it will be a very long page. This reflection is well overdue but my memory is clear, right back to my early years. Pertinent to the context of this MA – I can remember a time before computers and have seen an astonishing speed of change in all matters.

The tutorial reminded me that earlier this year I gave a comprehensive talk about my work at The Usher Gallery, and it was well received. I enjoyed explaining myself in response to audience questions because I have asked myself so many questions, intensely, as I have gone along.

I would like to do more talks and shall research possible venues – I must be confident in putting myself forward in this respect.

The painting is calling me to continue…

For further reflections on this tutorial please refer to the below post:

First Tutorial with Jonathan Kearney (further reflections)

Second Tutorial: Tuesday 23rd January 2018 (11.00 am)

Oil and graphite on paper JWR 2014

I am very invigorated by and grateful for Jonathan’s thoughts and insights regarding my project.  Talking in terms of the eventual installation of the GIFs I realise that the paintings, which are so taciturn in their nature, really can be brought out of hiding, untrapped. In envisaging the curation of the eventual show I can begin to think in terms of how people might engage when they see the paintings and then the GIFs, or the GIFS first. In an installation would be created a space between, where the audience moves from paintings to GIFs or visa versa. This space is potentially a very interesting one as the audience will demonstrate behaviors depending on how they interact with the work as a whole, moving across this interspace.  This would yield new insights and possibilities for the work as a whole, it adds the human element quite literally. Perhaps the denouement (a dramatic term) of the painting will intensify the experience of the painting itself, make it known why it is the way it is and the nature of its true character.

In connection with the above, Jonathan drew my attention to the book Rethinking Curating by Beryl Graham and Sarah Cook.

Our chat made me remember my works on paper, which I would like to begin to bring out and make new ones, with sequential photographing. So much to do and all of it absorbing. I feel very happy with this.

The above, all with reference to Project Proposal 1