galloping wildly in this expansive landscape of possibilities..


interesting show of exhibition talking about 'space' - studio space - and the ma students reflecting on what it means to them... I am redefining what it means to have a 'studio' - and increasingy my perception of that space that the various artists referred to - and the way they use it - to reflect, to paint, draw, meditate, create.. is out here - it is not location specicific..

I can, or could, have, created various spaces that satisfy some romantic artistic idea of what a 'space' should be - and I create an increasingly pleasant personal space - where I love to go and create.. But the actual space, the space I am working out via this course, has nothing to do with bricks and mortar, more to do with a space in my head...

And I wonder, as a collective, as a community group, wheather increasingly this might be the model we use to create stuff - 'pop-up' is a phrase I keep hearing - so groups of people, facilitated by instant communication, creating spaces to do stuff - and then moving on somewhere else...

of course this flies in the face of your traditional Auerbach/ Picasso/ artist - so attatched to space, in fact it could be argued that there spaces, their environments, are in some ways more interesting, more relevant than the art itself...

And then I think of Steve Berry's comment - about seeing a Leonardo drawing - and tears rolling down his face - the simple, incredible power encapsulated in a drawing...

And also Phil talking to me about the 'gift' - the offering - probably asks this of all the students, but it resonated with me - what am i offering and who am I offering it to, and the realisation that I don't know...

My brain and creative process is so hard-wired now to the end-user,; creating something sexy enough, and useable enough, that the punter will hit 'buy' - or come back to a web-site, or app...

But what of the story ?  My story, the stuff I want to say? What I spend most of my time doing is working on structures, programs, data-sets, the machines, techniques of distribution and delivery - but what story am I telling - and to who...?

Which brings me onto another, memorable meeting - funny how these little nuggets of conversation stick in your sub-concious - Sarah - saying to me - 20 years ago - in response to my dialogue about masculinity, and its place in the world; "who cares?" - and I think in answering that question I've come up with some of my best work, best solutions to artistic and design problems...

In fact, getting to that question, is often what I find myself doing as a designer, as a commercial creative, or as I increasingly find myself - a creative facilitator...

well, thats it - for now - gonna spend an hour trying make blobs fly accross the screen of my iPad - then eat something, go back to my Totnes space, and go to bed - the money and work anxieties I have had suddenly not so important as my artistic self is galloping wildly in this expansive landscape of possibilities..

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