This is an extension from the standing landscapes. It is a combination of old trends and fascinations and new materials and priorities.
Fascination list 1.
Folding. Inside/outside. Angles/ curves. 2D into 3D. Front and back. Out comes that can be changed rather than rigid. Perspectives. Mark making, textures, simplicity of line. Rhythm. Less not more. The seen and the understood . Denying the sanctity of vision. Enclosing, revealing. Communication. Enigma. Questions. Narratives.
Oh dear – how many contradictions!
The standing landscapes addressed many of these areas. But I am going further – or at least trying to…. Communication and narritives – tehse already speak of visual things, of space and textures, lines and perspectives – all physical things, all expressive but have underlying rules and conventions. I wish to introduce some of the deeep and wonderful thinking that happens as I move through the landscape. For me they are entwined into the physical. The obvious is to write – a familiar route. Underlying or overlaying? Woven in ? to be read or just hint? With or across the lines of the landscape?
Giving the folding a purpose – making a pull out book. Having a cover and the landscape folded within. This seems a very York thing. Driving around the city I see distant hills in 3 directions, blue and purple horizons, or gleaming in the sunlight, once I get to them they unfold into complexity and character, opening up their secrets and corners.
Proto Landscape Book 1
Construction- Samples, vilene panels cut and fused onto muslin to act as hinges. The tall narrow strip will be the spine, the ones either side will be the covers. The last is of the final blank ‘book’ , stitched around to seal the muslin to the vilene. The scale is too small for anything other than the briefest experiments.
Nothing over special about the image – do like the layers in the foreground but the covers are where the interest lies, should maybe have a greater disction between cover and extension – colour? content? density?
There is no writing on it yet – that is next. Down the spine like a title? following the perspective lines? in the pale, in the dark or in a slight neutral? 10 minutes later and there is writing! As if by magic! or sewing machine…
The text is one I have used before, and always reminds me of leisurely walking through the Yorkshire Wolds on a bright and breezy day. It is whimsical rather than deep, it comes from watching the wind ripple through ripe barley as the clouds scud about above them.
Problem – front and back – writing has a right and wong way round. Very much a problem on the front cover, so the text has to start only on the inside panels. Should I be colouring the cover? Thread or paint? I shall try paint……
Who am I kidding? Is this a way to avoid thinking about York Open Studios? April 6th is just how many days away?? Please do come and see me if you can – I promise to have tidied up by then…..