Monday, 14 December 2009
Ive spent part of the week in the studio,not in the studio but on the phone and doing paperwork. Arts council funding applications, pricing, research and quotes.
I believe I now have a number of options as far as sourcing metal and getting it welded is concerned. Over the next few days I will visit a framers to get a quote on the pieces of the picture frame and then I will have to wait until the end of January before going all in dependent upon the Art Councils response, although this idea is only the first of many I want to work on during my time at Spurn
The following pieces of text/ locations are works in progress.
1. facing the humber - "Drains a fifth of England"
2. Looking into the mudflats - "1msq = calorific count of a mars bar"
3. (sea defence) The last Vikings departed from here
4. (Tank Ditch) "One of only two left in Western Europe"
5. on the beach - Wilibrod leaves to convert the Friezians
6. The only documented breach
7. High and low lights
8. Rail track
More work required and a further plundering of Andrews knowledge.
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Back at the studio I unloaded the van of the bits and pieces retrieved from different parts of the point and started by chipping off the concrete from one of the rail shoes.
Monday, 30 November 2009
It would be great to excavate one or two of these rooms and then place something in the spaces. Security is an issue however. I had spoken to Andrew about this before and he had said it would not be a problem as long as we could put a metal gate on the entrance to stop people leaving rubbish inside.
More investigation is needed, perhaps?
Sunday, 29 November 2009
At one point a thunder storm rolled quickly over and I found cover in the abandoned Artillery position.
In the afternoon I retrieved a large piece of drift wood to take back to the studio. I used the comments being made by the fisherman as an excuse to make periodic stops.
A fascination with painting and drawing naturally led me to this raw spit of land where I started to record my impressions. A love of collecting and beach combing conspired to bring me to the artworks I create now. Through my art therapy work I am interested in the process of creating art and I have let that process take me where it will.
Importance is placed with the elemental effects on natural and manmade materials from exposure to the sea.
They are evidence of the power of natural forces to change this detritus into unique special objects of great beauty for their own sake.
Special objects? Why? When glancing at the pebbles on the beach, do we find an individual stone so personally exciting or uniquely appealing? Seeing the object through an artists’ eye I feel it stands for itself and should perhaps be displayed individually or as a collection, not altered or used to create a pictorial image.
A lifelong preoccupation with collecting and the nature of sequence and repetition cannot be separated from my work.
The form we occupy today as human beings is only transient and our desperate efforts to halt the process………. A reluctance to accept our own mortality?
The environmental artwork at Spurn relates to the stark environment, the groynes, the lighthouse, movement, the disintegration and destruction, the ebb and flow, the organic nature of the space, a homage to the creative force Spurn evokes in me.
Adrian Wynn Artist In Residence 2009
"Spurn Photographs 2005-2009"
61 photographs of Spurn Point, part of the Heritage Coast of Holderness and a National Nature Reserve. In colour and black and white, a selection of images is shown here.
Published by Contours 2009. A4 landscape format
Available from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at Spurn and online, and some local bookshops. Available in Sheffield from The Old Sweetshop, 1 Nether Edge Road S7 1RU.
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