Monthly Archives: December 2013

Current Scottish Predicament or Debate on the Constitution

I have been thinking recently of the difficulties facing the UK in terms of the upcoming referendum on Scottish Independence. I attended an open meeting at Stirling University and was thinking of what was said today. I thought I would clarify a few things by expressing the position, then I can get back to my art and forget all about this! Here goes.

There was nothing in the North. No entity that could be called a country. At some point around the late 13th century there was a conflagration. A tribal, a racial war. Call it what you will. At the end of this, Bruce, King of Scots was left standing. A survivor. In feudal terms there then existed an entity called Scotland with the King at the head. This is not in doubt and short of a further conflagration one can reasonably surmise that a being called Scotland remains. The Treaty of Union can only be seen therefore as a joining of (at least two) entities.

To talk of the non existence of the northern kingdom, the drip loss of sovereignty is a non- starter and perhaps scurrilous. It is to talk at cross purposes with a people tasked with the protection of an entity existing at least from the lead of Bruce. In fact, it leades to a wish and a desire for separation, which is what we have at present.

However, given the fact that if the above is accepted, there must continue to exist such a thing, to talk of a break off, another existence because of a petty squabble is, it appears, folly.

 

IN ADDITION

The British Empire has always and always will recognise the sovereignty of Scotland. Anyone attempting to imply otherwise is misleading.

Don’t know if this will affect your decision on the vote.

Art Park Update, Scuplture in the urban environment.

Just to let you know, they have now put a chain on the gate to the land to stop people parking. Apart from this there is nothing doing. Here are my original ideas.

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Punchbag

So, this stems from formula art which is a concept I came up with where you work according to a mechanism or formula. What is important here is the process by which the artist arrives at the result. The punchbag is a dynamic result of the interaction of the artist with the material. The left hook and right hook are actual punches into the sculpting material which are retained by the indentations in the material itself. The punchbag also implied motion and from this point of view the viewer will want to move the sculpture to bring it to life once again. He will soon realise that it has long since become static and only remembers the actions of the one artist. Perhaps, the viewer will be jealous, perhaps proud. It is a dynamic, connecting piece of work designed to hold it’s own without being imposing.

It would be cast from metal, and could be quite easily formed from the model of a real punchbag with metal cast around it. Any suggestions are of course, welcome.

M.A.N

Ok, so to be clear what I am saying here, I think it’s best to state the case in two phases.

First of all, I am looking at the environment surrounding the park area. In the background are the railway station and the historic Wallace monument. When you look into the story and legend of Wallace, you are left always with a number of questions whatever angle or perspective you take. Was Wallace a freedom fighter? Well, some say he was supporting the cause of John Balliol. Was he a noble? Well, some say he was a minor noble, not really of the highest rank (whatever that means) and that this makes his fight an ever more valiant one. Was he a patriot? Some say he was a traitor etc. etc. There is no real substance – so, all you can say in the face of all this ‘human nature’ is; here is a man; nothing more, nothing less, he stands, makes decisions, has hopes and dreams, he makes a stand where he is. This is what the sculpture is supposed to represent. I thought of including, mounds of brightly coloured clay or small cairns signifying his achievements, dreams, that day at work when he was better than his boss, when he invented something – that kind of thing.
Secondly, in some ways on reflection I am echoing Rabbie Burns in that ‘A Man’s A Man for aw that’. I arrived at this from a different strain of thought though.

The sculpture could be made cheaply and quickly and would have an air of absolute permanence so it has this going for it.

Wavy Man

This piece is more conceptual in nature and is really a look at how irregular and indefinable we are as people. How little we stick to one thing. In some ways, we are fluttering in the wind. Even a material like burnished metal is subject to flux and indecision. Perhaps the more nervous amongst us will see it as an outward reflection of the inner self. A kind of paranoid android. It is certainly meant to be more of a form than a detailed representation and from that point of view may be seen as an abstract work.
I hope you like it.

Perception of Norms

When people look to their surroundings and they are objectively bad or sub standard, most assume that this is actually the norm. It is up to the minority to insist on objective beauty and high standards in all walks of life in order to prevent things from moving towards what is regarded as the norm, then accepted, then ignored.

Relativism – big word, simple meaning I think – Philosophy

When I get on the train, and assuming I have eaten and slept well and I am not suffering from any malady such as a sore head or upset stomach, I board the train and quite naturally start thinking about my destination. Most often, I imagine it in glowing terms with the prospect of exciting outcomes, new vistas and vital conversations with friendly strangers who lead me to interesting discoveries! – special for me, on that day. In fact, I am deluded.

Speaking factually, it cannot be the case that every destination holds this special potential and I can only conclude that I am projecting an image or form of an idea I have of my destination for the best possible outcome. This means I am deceived by my senses to the extent that I center my feelings of optimism and positivity in the direction of my self, where I am going that day will be the special place, the place of intrigue, truth and endeavour. Looked at from another perspective, it is ‘just another day’ for the vast majority of the inhabitants.

I would conclude in short terms that our morality must be based on the self or projected from the self.