2016 – 2019

For Issac, Alan & Steve 1, 2016

This section features recent and current work made or developed during 2016-2019. Over the past three years I have been working on a new series of installations entitled “Impossible Objects”. Although these pieces have much in common with earlier works in that they sometimes incorporate or feature renewable energy components in order to make connections to the theme of flow, they are also more directly centred on notions of “process” as a central concern. They are “Impossible Objects” not because they cannot exist (as they clearly do), but because they they make use of or refer to a process that contains a contradiction or present an “impossible” idea. They are representations of a state or situation that cannot be achieved, except through the processes and agency of art. In this respect I have been influenced in part by the Mono-ha works of Japanese artist Lee Ufan, in which there is an encounter between different materials- “a relationship of tension” in which the work is the site of the encounter.

All of these Impossible Objects are hybrid installation/sculptures made using domestic technology; assemblages using readily available materials and equipment. Most involve moving images and some have sound.

My most recently completed work is a 48 min video which has been recorded in 5.7K using a Garmin 360 camera. “Climbing Mt Ishizuchi in the Autumn” (2019) is made from video documentation recorded of my ascent of the pilgrimage route of one of the holy Mountains of Japan.