Friday, 31 January 2014

rust 365 - the circle is unbroken

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I'll never look into your eyes...again
Can you picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need...of some...stranger's hand
In a...desperate land
Lost in a Roman...wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
All the children are insane
Waiting for the summer rain
There's danger on the edge of town...

last day of the rust never sleeps blog, i'll miss doing it, don't suppose anyone will miss me

part of another art installation on the island of Nao-Shima, Japan

Sunday, 26 January 2014

rust 360 - door with 'porthole' window 2

... and then i came upon this, not only a metal door with a ''porthole' window but also with ivy clinging to it on the same side as yesterday's photograph


Saturday, 25 January 2014

rust 359 - door with 'porthole' window

when i came across this i thought it would have to be just another in the metal door series...

Friday, 24 January 2014

rust 358 - yet another chain

this one is so rusted it has corroded to make a single of piece of fused metal

Monday, 20 January 2014

Sunday, 19 January 2014

rust 353 - clearing

this was to have been part of the second series of Antony Gormley sculptures (didn’t manage to get to Gateshead or Peckham) this sculpture is titled ‘clearing’
it is apposite that a sculpture by Antony Gormley is the next blog photo after Richard Serra yesterday because in a recent interview in New Statesman he is asked “who is the most influential artist of the past 100 years?” and he answers: “as a sculptor and feeling that sculpture is the most profound way in which our prejudice about the world can be challenged, I think Richard Serra. His structures invite first-hand, somatic, haptic, direct physical experience, bypassing our way of constantly reading things.”

Saturday, 18 January 2014

rust 352 - Passolini

part 4 of la biennale de Venezia 2013 series that never was
in the Giardini Pavilion, a great two-part Richard Serra sculpture, titled Pasolini (after the Italian film director), shares a space with recent, black seascapes by Belgian artist Thierry de Cordier whose heaving seas have incredible presence and visual weight, a kind of darkening finality

main photograph shows one part of Serra’s sculpture, the other part looks like this:

Friday, 17 January 2014

rust 351 - here art grows on trees

part 3 of la biennale de Venezia 2013 series that never was

Simryn Gill, 'half moon shine' 2013.
mild steel, diameter 158cm.

Singapore-born artist Simryn Gill's new exhibition 'here art grows on trees' was on display in the Australian pavilion in the Giardini where the artist installed photographs, drawings and sculpture inspired by images of Australia’s pit mines, dams, lakes and waterholes

Thursday, 16 January 2014

rust 350 - English magic

part 2 of la biennale de Venezia 2013 series that never was

in the British pavilion at the 2013 Venice bienalle , imaginary worlds emerged in Jeremy Deller’s “English Magic” which focuses on British society - its people, icons, myths, folklore and its social, cultural and political history; addressing events from the past, present and an imagined future, Deller worked with a varied range of collaborators including archiologists, musicians, bird sancturies, prisoners and painters
he strings together a narrative that manages to be both critical yet positive and celebratory

the rooms are dotted with visual statements, images with intent, in one, the figure of William Morris is imagined as a giant figure painted on the wall as a colossus throwing a giant yacht into the Venice lagoon (based on Roman Abramovich’s 377-foot yacht, Luna)
in another room, a huge painting of a hen harrier carrying off a Range Rover in its talons refers to the shooting of two hen harriers on Sandringham Estate in 2007 when the only people out shooting that day were prince Harry and his friend William van Cutsen , while next door, a timeline from 1972–3 of poignant political events are interwoven with images from David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust tour

the highlight of Deller’s intelligent project is his new film English Magic which includes footage of children rolling and somersaulting on the inflatable Stonehenge that he created in 2012, the footage then moves on to a balletic yet tough scene of two Range Rovers being crushed - all set to the infectious music of the Melodians’ Steel Orchestra from South London  - one of the crushed Range Rovers (left) has been transformed into the seat (main photo)where visitors sit to watch the film of the Range Rovers being crushed

Deller frames  instances in a way that is contemporary but also true to the original subject, weaving a narrative that is almost psychedelic; hovering delicately between fact and fiction, real and imagined

the exhibition tours England this year, the venues and dates are:
William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London Saturday 18 January – Sunday 30 March 2014

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol Saturday 12 April – Sunday 21 September 2014

Turner Contemporary, Margate Saturday 11 Oct – Sunday 11 Jan 2015

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

rust 349 - Nema Ničega Između Nas

from the Serbian pavilion Nothing Between Us (Nema Ničega Između Nas) at the 2013 Venice biennale by Vladimir Perić- the wallpaper is made up of hundreds of razor blades meticulously glued into place which from a distance looks like a precisely patterned wallpaper (left) it is only upon closer inspection that one sees the razor blades
this particular piece is titled 3D wallpaper for bathroom
part of la biennale de Venezia 2013 series that never was

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

rust 348 - not a condom shop


Willi Donnell Smith (February 29, 1948 – April 17, 1987) was an American fashion designer, regarded at the time of his death as one of the most successful young African-American designers in the industry - his company Williwear sold $25 million worth of clothing a year
Willi died unexpectedly at the relatively young age of 39 after contracting shigella and pneumonia while on a trip to India, apparently as a result of AIDS, it is suspected that Smith himself didn't know he had the disease, although those around him knew he was fragile in his last days, most thought it was just that Smith had pushed himself so hard, being such a perfectionist with his work

Monday, 13 January 2014

rust 347 - it was the dawning of the age of aquarius

like yesterday’s photograph, part of the garden equipment series that never was - today a galvanised kitchen-garden water carrier at Myddelton House gardens, Enfield 

Sunday, 12 January 2014

rust 346 - roll me over in the clover

part one of the garden equipment series that never was – a lawn-roller in the gardens of the Henry Moore foundation, Perry Green, Hertfordshire

“roll me over in the clover" was a randy little number that was hugely popular in England in 1944, although its history can be traced back to the royal navy in Victorian times. the lyrics, for the time, were extremely racy (sex wasn't mentioned much then)

elsewhere in the gardens...

Saturday, 11 January 2014

rust 345 - railing against the dying of the light

as well as being part of the burial ground series that never was, yesterday’s photograph could also have been part of the rusty railings series that never was, today’s rusty railings are outside the British Museum, London

Friday, 10 January 2014

rust 344 - a breeches maker of Moorfields

like yesterday, part of the burial ground series that never was

this photograph was taken in Bunhill fields burial ground, an old burial ground in the London Borough of Islington, north of the City of London, and managed by the City of London
it was used as a burial site for nonconformists from the late 17th century until the middle of the 19th century and contains the graves of many notable people including William Blake (another one of my ‘heroes’), John Bunyan, Daniel Defoe, George Fox and Isaac Watts
the gravestone behind the rusty railings is that of one Richard Coleman, born 1712, buried 1761, died aged 49 years 6 months, a breeches maker of Moorefields  

Thursday, 9 January 2014

rust 343 - a poignant memorial to Nasra Ismail at the "Cross Bones" burial ground, Soutwark, London

Nasra Ismail, who was murdered in March 2004, was unrecognisable from the loving mother and wife mourned by her family. the 27-year-old, a refugee from war-torn Somalia, was lost to them after she got sucked into a squalid life of prostitution to fund her addiction to crack cocaine
it was a sad, pathetic and horrific case which illustrated the depths to which both the killer and his victim sank while in the grip of crack addiction
a 55-year-old man, Daniel Archer, was jailed for life for the murder of Nasra whose body he cut up and left in his brother's flat before taking it on a bus and dumping it in a canal
Detective Superintendent Maureen Boyle, who led the police inquiry, praised several women who gave evidence against him and said: "Archer has shown himself to be a violent and manipulative sexual predator who deliberately targeted vulnerable women; he targeted women who he believed would be unable to speak out against him."
Cross Bones is a post-medieval disused burial ground in The Borough, Southwark, south London, in what is now known as Redcross Way.
it is believed to have been established originally as an unconsecrated graveyard for "single women," a euphemism for prostitutes, known locally as "Winchester Geese," because they were licensed by the Bishop of Winchester to work within the Liberty of the Clink. the Liberty lay outside the jurisdiction of the City of London, and as a consequence it became known for its brothels and theatres, as well as bull and bear baiting, activities not permitted within the City itself.
the age of the graveyard is unknown - John Stow (1525–1605) wrote of it in A Survey of London in 1598 calling it the "single Woman's churchyard." by 1769, it had become a pauper's cemetery servicing the poor of St. Saviour's parish; up to 15,000 people are believed to have been buried there.
the historian and antiquarian John Stow wrote: I have heard of ancient men, of good credit, report that these single women were forbidden the rites of the church, so long as they continued that sinful life, and were excluded from Christian burial, if they were not reconciled before their death. And therefore there was a plot of ground called the Single Woman's churchyard, appointed for them far from the parish church.”
it was closed in 1853 because it was "completely overcharged with dead," and further burials were deemed "inconsistent with a due regard for the public health and public decency."  Southwark poet and playwright John Constable writes that, in 1883, the land was sold as a building site, prompting an objection from Lord Brabazon in a letter to The Times, asking that the land be saved from "such desecration." Constable writes that the sale was declared null and void the following year under the Disused Burial Grounds Act 1884, and that subsequent attempts to develop the site were opposed by local people, as was its brief use as a fairground

excavations were conducted on the land by the Museum of London Archaeology Service between 1991 and 1998 in connection with the construction of London Underground's Jubilee Line. Southwark Council reports that the archaeologists found a highly overcrowded graveyard with bodies piled on top of one another. tests showed those buried had suffered from smallpox, tuberculosis, Paget's disease, osteoarthritis, and vitamin D deficiency. a dig in 1992 uncovered 148 graves, dating from between 1800 and 1853. over one third of the bodies were perinatal (between 22 weeks gestation and seven days after birth). a further 11 percent were under one year old. the adults were mostly women aged 36 years and older.
beginning in 1996, local writer John Constable revived the story of Cross Bones as part of the Southwark Mysteries which is a cycle of poems and mystery plays inspired, he writes, by the spirit of a "Winchester Goose" and "the outcast dead". the work has been performed in Shakespeare's Globe and in Southwark Cathedral. interest generated by The Southwark Mysteries inspired the Cross Bones Halloween festival, celebrated every year since 1998 with a procession, candles and songs
the burial ground is now established as a site of local importance: Southwark Council nominated it for a blue plaque in 2005. an informal local group, Friends of Cross Bones, is campaigning for a permanent memorial garden, and is instrumental in the halloween events. the gates in Redcross Way are permanently decorated by a changing array of messages, ribbons, flowers and other tokens, like that for Nasra Ismail

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

rust 341 - back on the chain gang

perhaps a bit like blog photo for 18 February 2013 but i think this one has a better quality of light and, like many of my favourites, i took the photograph in Vernice

Monday, 6 January 2014

rust 340 - not quite in the pink

like yesterday part of “the wall” series or, unlike yesterday part of the “abstract” series, either way it’s another one of my personal favourites and like many of them another minimalist picture

Saturday, 4 January 2014

rust 338 - going against the grain

today’s picture is from the “rusty parts of a door” series but is also, like yesterday,  one of my special photographs – i really like the way the grain and the knots weave their way along the door

Friday, 3 January 2014

rust 337 - still waiting...

this is the last month of the rust never sleeps project  – i’m sure i shall be inundated with requests to continue and to quote Samuel  Beckett ( a hero of mine) “you must go on, I can’t go on, so I’ll go on”
yurs, anyway – the last month and i have decided to blog pictures that were meant to be part of one series or another but I never got enough to finish the series and have seven loosely connected photographs or, and this may sound odd, the photographs were in some way so different that i wanted to keep them for a special occasion – and what can be more special than the road at evening, a tree and Estragon, sitting on a low mound, trying to take off his boot? his boot mark can be seen in today's photograph
i kick off with one from either the "footplate" series or perhaps the "abstract" series

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

prosaic 6 - old enamel advertising sign, St Ives, Cornwall

as i mentioned yesterday i don't just do rust, for a while i had a series of photographs of the cringingly awful 'wayside pulpits' that are outside some churches and chapels - you know the sort of thing: "the only thing missing from chrch is you"

anyway yesterday i came across one i'd not seen before and it seemed to fit in well with today's dog theme so - get ready to cringe here it is:

wishing you all a happy 2014 - woof!