Along side everything else which is going on in my mind at the moment I am thinking about the two exhibitions I have in Ireland next year and what work I am going to be doing for them. As you have probably guessed by now my primary work these days tends to be in the field of installation and so I would like to be able to build two new pieces, each specific to each space. Or maybe, each experience of each space, is a better way to think about it. I have already been to see the exhibition space at Wexford Arts Centre and I have been sent some photographs and floor plans to think about. The most prominent features of the space are the four columns which run along the middle of it and they do in my mind cry out to be addressed in someway as part of the exhibition, but they are so uniform as a row that this makes them quite problematic; although maybe it is in  this very difficulty that the approach I need lies. perhaps… anyway I am going back to view the space again next week, usually it is that first hand experience which is the most insightful. Tomorrow I go to Dublin to see the exhibition space at the Monster Truck Gallery where I will also be exhibiting, so a whole new string of questions will arise then.

Anyway what do you think of the piece in the photo at the top, I am in the midst of constructing one of my large pencil pieces when the notion of a pencil with an eraser on each end came to mind, which means that it immediately stops being a pencil with an eraser on the end and just becomes an eraser in the shape of a pencil…or does it? Something to think about and here is another; did anyone see Manfredi Beninati’s installation, To Think of Something at the  Liverpool Biennial 2008? It was such a great piece and very few people seem to have seen it, in a way I can understand this but it raises an interesting question. In the past I have done installations which become so much a part of the space that people aren’t always aware of what is going on or even of them at all; I’d like to hear people’s views on this approach. It’s a bit like a tree falling in the forest I guess.

http://www.biennial.com/content/LiverpoolBiennial2008/LiverpoolBiennial2008MADEUP/ManfrediBeninati/Overview.aspx

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