Category Archives: Art

Not Art Nor Science

Science lets us see better: we can see ever deeper the inner workings of the brain, we can image and visualize, scan and probe. We are mapping the functional areas and the interrelationships between them and, as we do so, … Continue reading

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Painting The Thing

I took some time out last week, a chance to catch up on some reading, spend time with family, and even fit in some painting. Whilst wrestling with new paints I was reminded how painting is not about capturing the … Continue reading

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Democratised voices: the intent of graffiti

There are classes of voice: levels of authenticity and volume. From formal, highly produced, vetted, authorised, famous, sanctioned and pervasive through to the suppressed, denied, desperate rants scratched in wood and walls. The voices that shout beside railway tracks, festoon … Continue reading

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Beauty

Whilst it may be in the eye of the beholder, it’s not a term you often hear at work. We talk about ‘engagement‘, ‘effectiveness‘ and ‘investment‘ but rarely about beauty. Beauty is somehow personal, somehow soft, somehow unquantifiable. Not something … Continue reading

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Reflecting on New York: Performance

“Let’s go Rangers” was the cry, echoing round the stadium. A sea of eighteen thousand blue and white decked fans cheered, jeered and yelled from every side. As the six players took the the ice, the intensity and urgency of … Continue reading

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Let your hands do the talking: representation and abstraction

Following on from yesterday’s post, i’m on holiday this week and spending some time teaching my niece to draw. I’ve been wrestling with the notion of how to move her (at the age of ten) from direct representation to more … Continue reading

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How to learn to paint

I’m on holiday this week, down in Devon with my niece and nephew. Ten year old Megan has asked me to give her some painting lessons, a thought that fills me with fear, not least because i don’t really know … Continue reading

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