on a broken art

Saturday 27 August 2011

this is one of a new series (small relics). there were originally twelve relics but now only eleven remain (this may be significant). these are close-up views of one fragmental, encrusted relic in greyscale, which reflects my concerns in the making of them…

relic fragment art

this is part of the imperfect circle project idea begun sometime in 2010, as one means of breaking away from the format of the square.

art relic fragment - mixed media art

this circle project was resurrected at easter. one could call this work quite sculptural, but it is not a sculpture, it is an object, or the fractured remains of one. i have enjoyed my virtual visits to the british museum. if i have the good fortune of selling this piece then maybe i should actually go to london for a day out, as ruralism is slowly getting to me…

broken relic fragment - art

a relic is an object or fragment from the past which has significance, meaning or value, sometimes religious. finding or unearthing fragments implies something was hidden or perhaps abandoned. fragments are retrieved and they can sometimes be pieced together to be viewed as nearly whole again in a new context – but the complete story might never be revealed. so, one might be tempted to create new stories to fill in the gaps…

art relic fragment

these relics have come to symbolise many things, the significant events which influenced my thoughts at the time, and the unique circumstances which the passage of time had offered them. they have become small reminders of the actions of the past, rediscovered and re-evaluated in the present. if i am the original creator then i am at liberty to validate them as meaningful objects – but perhaps i am being intentionally reticent here as a means of defence…

broken relic art circle - mixed media art

there are some material & ecological resonances with the series of small papier mache vessels i created earlier this year…

alongside the circle prints/experiments from last year, i have also unearthed some (possibly) related sketchbook drawings, doodles and even some etchings (connecting the past to the present)…

here are some related words that started off the imperfect circle project: liminality, on the brink, breaking point, success, failure, something, nothing, beautiful, ugly, perfect, flawed, forgotten, remembered, incomplete, whole, insignificant, valued, sacred, discarded, lost, saved, broken, mended…

broken relic fragment

detail of (a) broken (relic), mixed media, 2011

broken relic fragment

broken

artworks exhibition, blackthorpe barn, rougham, suffolk, 10 september to 2 october 2011 (10am – 5pm, open daily)

Artworks is a professional art group of thirty contemporary East Anglian artists. Each September we have an annual exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn in the heart of rural Suffolk.

some new work also currently on show at Reunion Gallery’s ‘Refresh’ tenth anniversary exhibition on now and until 22 Oct 2011

2 thoughts on... on a broken art

  1. Charlie

    The Fender brand of guitar used to make a line of its ‘Stratocaster’ and probably ‘Telecaster’ series guitars with faux roadworn bodies, necks and switches, all showing apparent use and everyday wear and tear – yes, brand new guitars deliberately worn and aged! Instead of shiny white plastic parts you would have yellowed or mint green parts as if tobbacoey hands and sunlight had taken their toll. I used to love looking at these guitars in guitar magazines as well as the ‘genuine’ vintage counterparts – the authentic articles going for much much more of course. There was something fascinating about half stories and mysteries and all the travels that a guitar ‘goes on’ with its owner/s. I suppose I had this Americana exoticism of smoky blues clubs with bourbons and buds and blues players playing 40 year old classic instruments. As the pickups and woods age, they instrument begins to also sound better.They used to call these guitars Fender ‘Relics’, I believe they call them ‘roadworn’ now.

  2. Jazz

    charlie – thanks for that interesting piece of ‘design history’…

    i guess the same ‘timeworn’ americana aesthetic also goes with leather bomber jackets and stone-washed levi’s. i have seen vintage typewriters converted/connected to pc keyboards and i anticipate there will be (if not already) retro-styled wood-encased tvs and the like, emulating the vintage or ‘antique’ – nostalgia in design is a phenomenon forever repeated in history – just look at the victorians and the gothic revival…

    perhaps it is just a natural human reaction, that the value of objects (or values in themselves) are irretrievably ‘lost’ in the pursuit of ‘modernity’…

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