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Events

10 Dec

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Video Art appeals on many different levels and can draw a crowd when projected at live events. Early last Autumn I curated a moving image party at the Berwick Film Festival Fringe w/ help from the talented Andy McGregor. He beamed his motion art, strewn w/ my own digitised artworks, directly onto a whitewashed courtyard wall. The event ran late into the night when many festival attendees had gathered to party to a neuro hop soundtrack.

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On return to Edinburgh in 2015, my new body of work was presented at Wave after Wave. It was here at the gallery that the artworks were noticed by video artist Roddy McNeil who collectively w/ Shaun Taylor goes by the name Second Space. A collaboration enabled the two video artists to remix my exhibition artworks for projection at Second Space Poetry events where literary themes merge w/ modern trends to create a fluid new frontier in the Arts.

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Wave On

14 Jun
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Wave after Wave sets about to visualize the movement and colour you find in the elements, the cosmos, great music and architecture.” The List, Edinburgh.

Whitespace

our venue of choice: Whitespace, a former tyre depot in EH1

Experiments begin mid Autumn ’14 when Graphter Jim puts his customised app and spirograph through their paces. Gradient colour washes are applied to the undulating grids.

Languishing in a basement kitchen during the dark cold months, Mister Jules rediscovers an idea that he dreamt up some 15 years ago – to print ltd. ed. t-shirts like nobody else. The body of work grew week upon week as more sketch books appeared. The key to unlocking the print production happened when Jules bought Jimmy a fairly decent epson scanner. Repro and scanning are really not bad ways to pass the time when its pishin down sleet.

Tools - Mechanics

Tools – Mechanics

Another key link along the print production chain was Dougie in the Cowgate who heat transferred the artwork onto tees. He says the next batch might be produced on a digital screenprint when the lad’s new machine arrives (this did not happen).

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2 artists, Cassandra Harrison & Samantha Cary both received the show’s call and were each asked to submit a body of work to present at the surprise guest wall. Back in Edinburgh, a video editor took stock. A prevailing feeling was noted that all artists involved were carving a path on their own wavy terms.

Various friends were loitering in the area giving encouragement and then the friends who appear when you say “Opening night – free wine” ..they arrived, then several more visitors bringing cheese crackers and beer.

Roddy opened the gallery the very next day to invigilate our show and never missed a day in 4 weeks. That included the weekends. His chosen fuel: cheese and ham sandwiches w salad. They could have created a mild storm on instagram.

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mister jules’ flying tees

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Tools – Carpentry

Favourite comment from the show has to be “Not too scrappy!” One day our A-board blew over twice when Edinburgh was thrown deep into an arctic tundra. Bookmark flyers were put into circulation, we felt like an antidote to the rubbish weather.

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Gordon Thomson dropboxed us a body of work that we hoped could fill half the surprise guest wall when the Berwickers left the building. Due to weather related travel complications, Tommy & Jules were unable to collect Gordon’s wonderful photos, nor had we found the other surprise guest artist.

Enter Ursula Cheng

We had a good feeling about the synergy here as we knew Ursula’s work from the Hidden Door, a happening urban festival in the very middle of our hometown at the old street lighting depot. We made haste to collect Ursula’s work at the festival site then onto the Fruitmarket Gallery to collect the third piece before installing at Whitespace.

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ursula cheng’s screenprints – roddy on the ladder

machrihanish by graphter jim

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The invigilator breezed about the gallery capturing colourful reflections on his camcorder. Then from nowhere – heatwave. The sliding doors were opened and we baked in the sun all the way through ’til exit as we seem to get a little prequel to Summer around mid to late May. The endless Summer of 1975 is all but a distant urban legend these days..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqCEI4T2TSY#t=151

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Cyanotype Prints

6 Mar

Cyanotype Prints

Created in a darkroom environment in a cellar, these images are blazed onto the wood when the photo emulsion coating reacts to UV light.

Grangemouth

2 Jan

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A landscape that shows Grangemouth consumed by the wilderness in a future when Scotland no longer relies on fossil fuels. My new body of work explores abandonment, in the same way that ancient Mayan settlements were eventually reclaimed by the rainforest, and the deindustrialisation that caused Detroit’s urban decay, only in a Northern setting.

Stockfest ’13

12 Sep

flyer1Hey peeps, its Stockfest next week, and we have an exhibition at an award winning contemporary architect’s studio in Stockbridge.

10 Deanhaugh Street,
Edinburgh, EH4 1LY.

http://www.davidblaikiearchitects.com/

exhibition extended until 22/3/2014

Quay Walls

16 Jul
Palace Street

Palace Street

Sea Blaze

9 Jul

Sea Blaze

Once in a while you get to spectate blazing sunsets along the Berwickshire coast. Pink sky at night… I find the best ones are those looking up the rocky shoreline towards Eyemouth. The district is steeped in folklore and legend. Grey seal colonies provide the strange soundtrack at dusk. These quick, colourful, creations are the antidote to the geometric Townscapes I create at the Garret.