Sketchbook drawing



Metro Printers

Link: http://www.metroimaging.co.uk/printing/blackandwhitehandprints.asp

A.Bliss Mounting/ Framing

Link: http://www.abliss.co.uk/about.html

Constance Brancusi

Ideas on the plinth. execution of display.

Robert Gober

These works show simplistic ideas of display with attention paid to the finish and execution.


Current Bibliography

The major sources I will use are as follows:

Home Possessions, Edited by Daniel Miller
This book is an expose of the domestic sphere across a range of cultures.The chapter, The Aesthetics of Social Aspiration documents theories of social aspiration within the home, and investigates ways in which this can be seen.
Bourdieu (1979) Cited in The Aesthetics of Social Aspiration, Home Possessions, 2001, New York : Berg, p.25

Easy Fun- ethereal, Jeff Koons
This exhibition catologue documents the interview with Jeff Koons about many of his works, along with the new Easyfun series of paintings.
J.Koons (2000) Easyfun-Etheral. The Soloman R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, 14-46

Mythologies, Roland Barthes
This book documents twenty-six different essays exploring codings that command our everyday life. Semiology is the study of signs and symbols, Barthes identifies these within our everyday life. The most Interesting chapter for me was Steak and Chips and Soap–powders and Detergents
Roland Barthes (1972). Mythologies. Great Britain: Jonathan Cape. 36-40.

The World of Goods, Mary Douglas and Baron Isherwood
This revised edition from a leading anthropologist and economist, explores what anthropologists know about objects and why they are desired and consumption behavior. The main chapter that I have been looking at is Why people Want Goods.
Mary Douglas and Baron Ishwerwood (1979). The World of Goods, New york: Basic Books. 3-10.

Haruki Murakami, Birthday Stories.
This book is a collection of short stories capturing the emotions of advancing in age. The most interesting to me was Raymond Carver, The Bath. The relevance and importance of a birthday cake is explored.
Carver,R. (2002). The Bath. In: Haruki Murakami Birthday Stories. Tokyo: Choukoron-Shinsha,Inc. 133-143.


Just Like Home

These all came under the heading 'playing grown - up' on the ToysRus website

display cases



Haruki Murakami

references : Raymond Carver, The Bath


POP LIFE - Tate Modern 13.10.09


Works of interest:

Jeff Koons- Rabbit
Andy Warhol
Damien Hirst - False Idol 2008
Takashi Murakami - Superflat Museum, The Simple Things 2009
Tracy Emin

Visited to gain knowledge of popular culture in art for dissertation and studio work. Notes were taken in my journal along with photographs displayed below.


jeff koons | serpentine



The baby machine


Shocking example of mothers in todays world. The lengths one will go to in order to prove self worth


Marina Abramovic :Presents

Marina Abramović presents

The internationally acclaimed Marina Abramović is the curator and lead artist of this epic exhibition of performance art. Unprecedented in Britain, it features some of the most innovative performance artists working today.

For this ground-breaking event, all of the public spaces of the Whitworth have been emptied of their art and design. No part of the collection is on display, giving all the galleries over to the making and experiencing of performance art. Each day the exhibition begins with an hour-long performance initiation by Marina Abramović leading up to a series of encounters between artists and audience. Provocative and visceral in its intent, this exhibition demands much from its artists and viewers.

Featuring: Marina Abramović, Ivan Civic, Nikhil Chopra, Amanda Coogan, Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Yingmei Duan, Eunhye Hwang, Jamie Isenstein, Terence Koh, Alastair MacLennan, Kira O'Reilly, Fedor Pavlov-Andreevich, Melati Suryodarmo, Nico Vascellari.

Curated by Marina Abramović.
Concept by Marina Abramović, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Maria Balshaw.
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and The Whitworth Art Gallery.

Marina Abramović Presents... is free

Download accompanying text for Fedor Pavlov-Andreevich's performance: English Russian

This even is now SOLD OUT. There may be some returns on the door, so if you haven't got a ticket but would like to see the show please arrive half an hour prior to the start times. We can't make any promises but we will try our best to re-issue any door returns on a first-come, first-served basis.

Views from the web

The Manchester International Festival website and twitter feed

When Adrian Searle met Marina Abramović. watch the video at Guardian Online

Marina speaks with TateShots NYC. watch the video at YouTube

Read Alistair Sooke's review, at Telegraph.co.uk

Read Rachel Campbell Johnston's review at Times Online

Cristina Ruiz and Gareth Harris review the exhibition at The Art Newspaper

Follow the Manchester International Festival on the BBC or check out BBC's festival twitter feed


Jeff Koons - ideas of display

Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Two Dr J Silver Series, Spalding NBA Tip-Off) 1985Mixed mediaunconfirmed: 1536 x 1238 x 336 mm

Documenting ideas of display, Koons vetrines are highly manufactured products in there own right.

pass the parcel- childrens party game

Pass the parcel is a popular British children's party game in which a parcel is passed from person to person around a circle, somewhat similar in its logistics to musical chairs.
In preparation for the game, a
prize (or "gift") is wrapped in a large number of layers of wrapping paper. Usually, each layer is of a different design so they can be easily distinguished. Smaller prizes or mottos may be placed between some or all other layers of wrapping.

proposed idea: video peice of me playing pass the parcel on my own. Passing the parcel on and off camera and each time the music stops on me, forcing me to unwrap the parcel.
sense of:

Track listing for childrens party :
Yankee Doodle - Kids' Party Time
Pop Goes the Weasel - Kids' Party Time
When the Saints Go Marching In - Kids' Party Time
Mary Mary Quite Contrary - Kids' Party Time
Once I Caught a Fish Alive - Kids' Party Time
Old King Cole - Kids' Party Time
Bear Went Over the Mountain, The - Kids' Party Time
Polly Put the Kettle On - Kids' Party Time
Michael Finnegan - Kids' Party Time
Two Little Dicky Birds - Kids' Party Time
One Grey Elephant Balancing - Kids' Party Time
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush - Kids' Party Time

Frere Jacques - Kids' Party Time
Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone - Kids' Party Time
Grandfather's Clock - Kids' Party Time

Faye Clarridge - Morris dancers

ref: http://www.photonet.org.uk/index.php?pid=277
These images remind me of the images i produced of myself in the party gear.

Faye Claridge’s work explores the human desire for immortality and the acts of re-creation and preservation undertaken to stave off the passage of time.
Only A Stranger Can Bring Good Luck, Only A Known Man Can Hang depicts Morris dancers from Bedfordshire with their traditional dress and a ‘paradise’ painted and assembled by the photographer acting as markers of time and mortality. The photographs explore relations between living tableaux and photography and challenge photography’s capacity for authenticity by making portraits that both reveal and obscure, document and create.

Semiotics | ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semiotics

Semiotics, also called semiotic studies or semiology, is the study of sign processes (semiosis), or signification and communication, signs and symbols, both individually and grouped into sign systems. It includes the study of how meaning is constructed and understood.

Semiotics is frequently seen as having important anthropological dimensions, for example Umberto Eco proposes that every cultural phenomenon can be studied as communication. However, some semioticians focus on the logical dimensions of the science. They examine areas belonging also to the natural sciences - such as how organisms make predictions about, and adapt to, their semiotic niche in the world (see semiosis). In general, semiotic theories take signs or sign systems as their object of study: the communication of information in living organisms is covered in biosemiotics or zoosemiosis.


Happy Birthday Sarah | Tulse Hill rail station

Photograph was taken at Tulse Hill Rail station, i suppose to cause embarrasment for the birthday girl. I find this strange


Georgina Starr

The party (entertaining)


Kutlug Ataman | Thomas Dane Gallery | London


Kutlug Ataman
Opening Reception Thursday, 12 March, 6-8pm Exhibition Dates 13 March – 18 April, 2009 Thomas Dane Gallery is delighted to present fff a new ten-screen video installation by Kutlug Ataman with original music by British composer Michael Nyman. fff will be Ataman’s first major exhibition in London since Kuba (2005), his acclaimed Artangel project and his first commercial exhibition in a London gallery. fff, an abbreviation of ‘found family footage’, consists of images drawn from home movies of the 1950s and 60s . This footage was borrowed by Ataman from the archives of two British families, the Fryers and the Howards, whose fathers were pioneering researchers into the effects of flight and g-force on pilots. Ataman has appropriated this material and overlaid it with original music composed by Michael Nyman, to create 10 short films, each with its own individual score.


John Wood and Paul Harrison | Ikon Gallery | some words, some more words


Pencil Eraser 2008
Visited the exhibition in May 2009.
Purchased material from the show, including signed prints.


martin parr

SPAIN.Majorca 2003

Damien Hirst: Clear specimen boxes

Damien Hirst with his Away from the Flock, 1994© Damien Hirst (PA News)


Quick and Crafty | youtube


Nuclear family | research

The term nuclear family is used to distinguish a family group consisting of most commonly, a father and mother and their children, from what is known as an extended family. Nuclear families can be any size, as long as the family can support itself and there are only two parents and children, or the family would be known as an extended family.
New work to follow.
I am currently working on a number of projects based on ideology and more specifically, ideology in a domestic environment (home). Women in the home interest me.
If you have any info you would like to contribute email me : Russellsays@gmail.com

Gillian Wearing | 60 minute silence

Paul Harrison and John Wood | TATE

In 2007 I had the pleasure of meeting these two men.John and Paul are two men who inspired me to experiment with video as an art medium.
Bristol-based duo Paul Harrison and John Wood could be described as an art-world equivalent to Laurel and Hardy. Their videos, showing their dead-pan antics as they dangle precariously from a ladder, slide on office chairs around the back of a moving van, and submit themselves to a drenching from dozens of watering cans, are both hilarious and thought provoking.

Alex Bagg | Whitney Museum New York

Installation view
Photograph: Sheldan C. Collins, Courtesy Of The Artist And The Whitney Museum Of American Art
Thanks to YouTube and reality programming, just about anyone, it seems, can appear on television. But back when three broadcast networks ruled the medium, getting on TV was a really big deal for ordinary folks. What opportunities existed were limited to daytime shows or courtesy of your hometown station: by being a game show contestant, for instance, or if you happened to run into your local news crew covering a fire—then you could always jump into the shot and wave like a idiot. For the most part, however, the small screen was as much a barrier to a privileged domain as it was a window.