Understanding

Well did some painting with Yuri and Urku from Chile and Ecuador they were great to paint with and have a lot of talent. Had some time off work so thought I really should get out amongst it while I am focused. The wall we painted turned into a psychadelic extravaganza full of lines and bursts of colour through chrome paint. Yuri has been painting street art for only eight months and has a very cool style, quite distinct, Urku has been painting for two years and seems to be very eclectic. Urku has a few different approaches and just gets right into it. Yuri took his sister along who does some interesting video work and I followed her on Vimeo which when the video of our painting comes out I hope to share. She uses her family name for Vimeo so I didn’t want to share yet just until she gives the green light.

Otherwise I feel a little flat, have been playing with some music but it just seems so dead as I am forcing myself to do it. That never really works for me I have to be inspired or in the right frame of mind. The issue is can I be bothered waiting to feel like it. It is always better in my case to feel it or I just end up stuffing about. So it hasn’t hurt and while I am feeling flat I have been watching various Brian Eno interviews on Youtube. One from 2009 another from 2014 an old one from the 80s and a documentary which I didn’t get to finish but got a good dose of it. In the 80s Eno was just so ahead of his time in his ideas, he seemed years ahead of technology which may be a source of frustration or wonder for him. He made a point of saying synthesisers needed to go in two distinct directions. One direction was simplicity, a synth that could do a small amount of sounds and the other direction a synth that had some kind of pressure sensitivity and complexity to draw out more feeling from the player like a violin can be sensitive to pressure and velocity etc.

It may be time to head back to portraits for a while, the pieces are going well but it tends to lead to various readings. The understanding can be that I am trying to be ….. who knows I am just wondering if I need to say something else. Not really sure and the next work is an older style for a truck but that is just taking advantage of the mobile surface, a salute to mobile artworks in general, it is a great format. The other thing from Eno I gleaned was his childhood interest in fossils and his longing for discovery, his music he described as trying to make another world which he discovered and could let others visit a more agreeable world. This I liked and could really understand where I have gone so wrong in my own approaches to art. My computer work is dystopic and creates a disagreeable environment, I am not like that in myself I am usually very friendly. It sends me back to my days visiting Sydney Uni in Rozelle in the early 90s and the post industrial landscape that was being wrought in installations. I really loved the dystopic nature of it, that is how I remember it but the message was probably quite different at the time. There was also a beauty inherent in those rusted cavernous spaces, lives had been spent working the machines and now the machines where rusted and the world was changing.

Eno was quite wisely noticing things that were missing from the world, there was no music for airports and so he literally made it. There were large screens in restaurants that were off in the evening and he felt that he could make the work that could fill these empty screens with art rather than the large hulking footballers that fill most screens in Australia. He found missing things and filled them, he didn’t necessarily have odd urges and want to share them. It does make me laugh if being wrong is an art form then I am definitely an artist of doing it wrong. What I did remember though was that when I was painting in the 90s my urge was to put a painting in a space that seemed to be screaming out for it thus why I am known for my aerosol work. People did notice that thankfully and people still do, they were like urges that I had to fulfil. Now people want street art everywhere because it has become obvious that lots of places can do with a bit of decorating. Thats progress.

I was interviewed by the ubiquitous “Art Whore Cult” a mad collector and discoverer of the forgotten and well known. He asked  probing questions and I responded as only I can, strangely. It is a good interview and I explain my own voyage of discovery and what was good we went right back to formative years, I surprised myself. I remembered things that are etched into my mind, that was why I responded to Eno’s childhood as I too would dig and search for buried things. It was discovery and a fascination with bird bones, horse shoes and other objects, I failed to mention my snorkelling though that I loved which was a childhood obsession with rocks and shells. My thing though was digging I don’t know if Eno was digging things up but it is all about finding things. My computer works as ugly as they are seem more about uncovering feelings that are repressed but I will create breaks in the works that provide moments of contemplation from the barrage from delusional crap. They just need to fill a gap from the world around me not just from my own world and that may just take a little more understanding from my end.

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