Time can be a funny thing. When you are not looking, it just slips by as if nothing, yet it can be such an important factor in the creating and making of things. I have been working on quite a number of items over the last couple of months, none yet really complete. My Urban Desire series continues on and to be honest I think will pop up now and then in the future as I come across something. The 2 pieces I display here began with photos within the city of London, a place I worked in for many years. I have always been intrigued with the grid-like approach of the Barbican buildings and I played around with this idea of pattern repetition montaging it with images of flowers. I think of all the energy and buzz of activity of the people and events when I think of this.
The other is a typical city landscape and street scene which includes the Gherkin building. My digital montage/painting plays around with ideas of the evening, lights, grids and ideas. It’s a bit science fiction looking. Baubles fall from the sky as if as snow. A bit mad really. I don’t suppose many people see the city of London as a magical place – my experience of it mentioned in the art world, is that people tend to grimace – I can understand why, globalisation, fat cats, and all that. But there is a magic to it too. It can be exciting, and stimulating and full of people from all walks of life working there. Both these pieces sit on found wood from a skip – they are kind of a memory and imagination blast.
I have also been working on what I call my Scavenger series. Taking this idea of using found material and in many cases actual rubbish I pick up off the street, I have been montaging and painting on these items. Squashed drink containers represent commercialisation, hopes and dreams reduced to a flattened existence. Damaged hub caps reveal broken journeys and wanderings as well as glimmers of potential opportunities. What is critical in all these works is that time has played an important part – memory for the city pieces, and the actual physicality of the objects being bashed around on the street set against the difficulties and possibilities and dreams of the cities inhabitants.