is the first part of the title of the show I’m putting together at present. The work that will comprise the exhibition is all painting and I imagine that, for most everyone, nails it as a bit crazy as a moniker. After all paintings are just about seeing aren’t they?
Well not for me. Some paintings in my head, like those I just completed for the series entitled Waldgeschichten, are all about touch and taste – they are about pushing and pulling paint about, taking a great big nag out of the pigment and chowing down on it voraciously. But then there are paintings like these…that are part of the Cornish Coast series…where its sound that seems to be the predominant factor…and its a sound of something that has real deliberation about it. I guess I’m thinking about Satie or Keith Jarrett playing solo and live (The Koln Concert and beyond) or, as now, Nils Frahm. In all this music its the intervals and silences, the tiny changes wrought out of the material, and so carefully considered. Anyway that’s how I think about these works and the way in which, operating within a much tighter formal construct, colour and surface can interact to produce something hopefully worthwhile.
So I have ideas around sight, sound, touch and taste going on in my head…and when I work with oils (and to be strictly accurate some of my acrylic concoctions!) I suppose smell comes into it too. So that’s how the title has arrived.