THE RULES

http://ekm.works/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/tumblr_l3q2z16ZIh1qc80zi.mp3 It’s about time that I post something from my VAST and rapidly growing collection of jazz tracks, so here is a track by one of my latest favourites: Joris Roelofs....

A CHANCE MEETING

Is it me, or does Anish Kapoor’s “Shooting into the corner” resemble Danish artist Henrik Menné’s “56L”? Both installations present a situation in which a single canon fires a (brightly colored) squishy substance towards a static target, timed at regular intervals – the resultant ‘geometry’ of which is a component both of these parameters and a great deal of chance. However, these ‘art making’ machines at least differ in character… This video, displays the violence with which Kapoor’s wax firing canon rapidly defaces the walls of the Royal Academy exhibition space. The wax is delivered to the wall with great speed, lots of noise and a good ‘dollop’ of chaos. Aside from the thrilling event of the wax hitting the wall, the preparation of the artwork also presents a ‘performance’ in which an anonymous operator refills and activates the canon at set intervals throughout the day. How exciting! In contrast (I can’t seem to find a video of 56L) Menne’s installation (pictured left) is seemingly self operating and the resultant heap of melted glue exists as a result of processes which are characterised as: ”silent, controlled and structured by repetitive movements” However – character aside – both artworks present a similar outcome: a heaped sloppy mess of stuff in the corner of a room which eventually assumes a form of repose. As I may have mentioned before, flexible materials are capable of “hallucinating their own forms” – which, in the case of familiar materials such as wax, glue, fabric etc… may produce predictable outcomes. Nevertheless, I am personally interested in the exciting element of chance inherent in both of these artworks: The unknown and...

MIDNIGHT FEAST

http://ekm.works/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/tumblr_l3gx19HO5C1qc80zi.mp3 Owing to a tendency towards insomnia and the fact that I’m currently quite hungry, I present a cute song which appears on this classic album from Stockport genuis: Mr. Scruff....

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES

The photo on the left was recently published on the National Geographic website and shows a false color image of the Mississippi River Delta. The recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has caused the river water in this image to appear as shimmering liquid silver. This image really puts me in mind of the work of Edward Burtynsky (pictured right) – A photographer who is obsessed with landscapes which have been dramatically altered by industrial interventions; landscapes which are dominated by quarries, mines, transport infrastructure, landfill and manufacturing plants. He refers to this condition as “residual landscape”. His recent book, aptly titled “oil” visually reveals the sites and processes of the extraction, refinement, transportation and use of a substance we so readily take for granted. In addition to making visible such curious processes, the images captured by Burtynsky aim to exhibit landscapes which have suffered severe disruption of one kind or another on a large and breathtaking scale. Despite the absence of ‘catastrophe’ and natural disaster in Burtynsky’s work, the recent images of the Gulf oil spill are similarly breathtaking in the sense that they display a large area of a natural landscape which has been radically (and rapidly) transformed as a result of human...

BIRTHDAY : HARVEST

As I was harvested around this time in June approximately 24 years ago I thought it would be appropriate to check out what other things are ready for harvest in June (according to this site). click image for larger version Here we go from left to right in no particular order: Broad Beans, Japanese Onions, French Beans, Spring Cauliflower, Beetroot, Carrot, Lettuce, Peas, Spring Onion, Radish, Turnip. Rocket, Spinach. I wonder if it is by any coincidence that these are all favourites of mine? Perhaps this list is the making of the perfect recipe for my birthday...