22 October 2016

Book with no pages

A study: Two identical pieces of cardboard form the jacket of a book with no pages. Stitched into the jacket are a square and a circle with the same area. When opening the 'book', a threaded drawing unfolds joining the two geometrical shapes.

Squaring the circle (study)
bookwork (threaded) | materials: cardboard, silk thread
18 x 18 x 18 cardboard / silk thread

9 October 2016

Large scale ballpoint pen drawings by Il Lee.

BL-1401, 2014, ballpoint pen on canvas, 84 x 121 inches (213.4 x 307.3 cm)

8 October 2016

The anatomy of tears by Rose-Lynn Fisher

"[...] a study of more than one hundred tears photographed through an optical microscope. [...]"

8 September 2016


Images of Hatched, a piece commissioned by Amy Johnson Festival for their 'Da Vinci Engineered' exhibition this July/August in Hull.

Black waxed thread outlines a stylized pair of wings on a horizontally suspended sheet of acrylic glass. The ​shape of this 'drawing' builds the matrix for a bundle of invisible threads joining​ two​ ​acrylic s​he​e​t​s above our heads. Stitched to the vertical threads, a three-dimensional ​pair​ of wings (mohair) unfolds.

The fleeting shadow of the wings - it fluctuates with the light and weather outside - works as the counterpart of the steel weight at the bottom of the installation. 

2-D 'hatches' into 3-D - Plato's Allegory of the Cave comes to mind.

The base - acrylic glass sewn with nylon and waxed braided thread, steel plate (weight)

Mohair stitched to a matrix of nylon threads.

dimensions: 150cm x 40cm x 295cm (w x d x h)
materials: acrylic glass, nylon, waxed braided thread, mohair, steel plate

2 July 2016

Da Vinci Engineered

Throughout May/June I've been working on a new piece:
HATCHED [images] has been commissioned by Amy Johnson Festival, Hull, UK

Da Vinci Engineered, Renaissance Mechanics to Contemporary Art, is on display in a specially constructed gallery in Zebedee's Yard, off Whitefriargate - from 2 July to 21 August 2016.

"Twelve faithful reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci’s flight and wind machines loaned by Da Vinci Museum, Florence, demonstrate the remarkable prescience of this great artist and his engineering genius. Alongside these Renaissance machines, specially commissioned and selected works by contemporary artists respond to ideas of flight or explore the use of engineering in their conceptualisation, design or production.
This fascinating exhibition, curated by Lara Goodband, reminds us that the creativity of the engineer and the inspiration of the artist are two sides of the same coin of human endeavor and innovation."

25 April 2016


Salt works by Motoi Yamamoto
“Salt seems to possess a close relation with human life beyond time and space. Moreover, especially in Japan, it is indispensable in the death culture.”
(Mourners in Japan are often sprinkled with salt after leaving a funeral in order to ward off evil)

More on the story behind Motoi's work: link to video
More images: Artists without borders album

18 April 2016

Textbook - on display

TEXTBOOK is part of the semi-permanent display at Leeds University's new Gallery - Treasures of the Brotherton - as the example of artists' books in their Special Collections.
Details and opening times

This bookwork was commissioned in 2007 on the occasion of a Special Collections exhibition at the University Gallery Leeds, curated by John McDowall and Chris Taylor as part of "pages", a project supported by the Arts Council of England.

19 February 2016

projection of water ripples...

on walls and drafting film (seven sheets 50 x 70 cm each) @ RED Gallery Hull

LIQUID LIGHT (click thumbs to enlarge)

11 February 2016


A site-specific installation as part of SETTING OFF at RED Gallery Hull
22 Jan – 21 Feb 2016

A pool of water mirrors the dimensions of the skylight above, about 2.7m x 70cm. Seven sheets of drafting film form an arch between this pool and the skylight. The slightest vibration creates ripples in the water which are projected on the film sheets and the surrounding walls as enlarged drawings in motion.

Liquid Light is a silent musical instrument. Fixed to the body of a wooden frame the pond liner works as a membrane; the water acts as the medium conveying the message. - Tapping the wooden frame, touching the pond liner or directly the water surface creates waves which again are projected onto the film and the walls of the space.

materials: wooden frame, pond-liner, water, light, seven sheets of drafting film fixed to wires connecting floor and skylight

The video below shows projections on sheet one to four and then the entire installation. The ripples here are created by dripping water.

9 February 2016


One of three site-specific installations currently shown at RED Gallery in Hull exploring the space, light and materials.
Threads of mohair wool connect floor and skylight 'drawing' three separate layers in the space, more or less curved. The walls reflect the red. Matt paint on the floor records the motion of visitors as they move about this piece. The space is about 4x5 metres and 2.2 metres high. 

30 January 2016


“Aufbrechen” (German) means to leave, to set off, to burst, to break sth.
materials: 4 sheets of black glass, sand,
piano wire, light

Four sheets of black glass, 20 x 30cm, each lying or hovering upon/above a layer of sand. Each of the for sheets is broken to pieces in a different way. The 1st sheet is whole and embedded in the sand, the following pieces are broken into pieces, gradually becoming smaller and more chaotic while 'lifting' more and more from the ground.

22 January 2016

Setting Off

Preview tonight 19-21h @ RED Gallery