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I have recently taken part in a second ‘Dialogues’ workshop, from the series Live Art. Dialogues 2 was a continuation and a development of themes discovered in the initial workshop, responding to several visual and aural observations.
The sound produced by the friction of a pencil across a support is an overlooked (underheard) bi-product of the act of drawing, a sonic trace that is ephemeral and undetermined. An aim of the second workshop was to concentrate on, and bring focus to the sound of drawing, and drawing with sound, and to give it permanence through audio recording and documentation.
The sound of drawings made by one practitioner was captured using microphone pencils (‘pencrophones’) and by drawing upon an ‘electro-acoustic drawing board’ which passed through a number of digital and analogue sound filters, manipulated by an other practitioner, who could mutate, loop and sustain the source, therefore to make audio drawings. Another observation of the workshop was to examine the sound of drawing as possessing a pitch melody that can be mapped onto a musical scale.
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As part of my research into the creative processes behind my work, I undertook the first of a number of collaborative projects, On this occasion exploring 'dialogues' between the audible and visual arts. 'Live Art - dialogues' existed through the discourse of Improvisation where the participants could draw on their instincts and intuitions to respond to the others activities. Using the determinations of action, and consideration to govern the collaboration, both participants were able to invent and test concepts, methods and devices and trial different modes of practice through improvisation.
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Live Art - dialogues was the first of a number of collaborative experimental platforms investigating Improvisation and other creative processes, many of which will be open to the public to view and participate. Future projects will be updated to the blog with times and dates when applicable.
I am currently exhibiting my latest body of work in the Aberystwyth University school of Art Postgraduate Exhibition. This show represents my final exhibition for my Masters degree. I will be exhibiting my work alongside 10 other graduating masters students.
This body of work is a continuation form my first Masters exhibition from May/June earlier this year and develops the processes of 'Improvisation', 'collage' and 'responding' as major themes behind my work.
The Exhibition is open from the 19th September -7th October, Open weekdays 10am - 5pm
The Private view is the 30th September 7.30 - 9pm
The following photographs are from my previous exhibition, The Aberystwyth University School of Art Postgraduate Exhibition from May and June this year. These photographs show the work i exhibited for the first of my Masters Exhibitions.
I am exhibiting in the Aberystwyth School of Art Masters Exhibition commencing the 21st May 2011 lasting for a few weeks. I will be exhibiting alongside other masters students in the downstairs galleries of the School of Art. I will be displaying a number of pieces in a range of scales and medium from my latest project. The following sentences are an extract from the catalogue statement;
My work uses abstraction as an expression of subjective experience offering responses to the world around us and reflections of life and of existing. The pieces share a close relationship with the ‘landscape’, something I hold great empathy with acting as a footing for experience and feeling. Through the language of paint and the physical act of painting my work acts as an excavation into my subconscious retrieving experiences and memories often vague and hazy. Through the process of painting, responsive and often improvised, the pieces result in meaning and feeling that exist far outside the painting themselves, appealing directly to a viewers emotions, leaving them free to interpret and to imagine.
The Opening for the exhibition is on the 21st May 2011 running from 2pm - 9pm.
For the Second year running I was lucky enough to be chosen to exhibit in the Atkinson Gallery's M.A & Other Post Graduate Contemporary Art Exhibition 2011 in the gallery at Street Somerset. Not only did I have two pieces from my current body of work on show, But part of my painting ''Untitled 1' (Reflections)' was chosen to go on the invitations and promotional material and the whole image ''Untitled 1' (Reflections)' was placed on the Press Release.
(Images from the opening night will be uploaded soon)
The Exhibition runs from the 21st February - 2nd April 2011. Opening Night Monday 21st February from 7pm - 9pm.
'Internal Traces'. I am participating in the exhibition 'Internal Traces' A collaborative exhibition bringing together traditional and contemporary artworks of selected emerging artists currently based in Aberystwyth. I have a number of small scale works on display created in the past few months from my current body of work exploring and examining experiences, memories, emotions and sensibility to my surroundings. The exhibition is at Gloucestershire arts and crafts centre from the 11th to the 21st of December 2010. with an artists afternoon on the 11th December between 3pm - 5pm.
Adam Blackburn - Fine Artist has got a new updated Website! The Design, Layout and Content of the website have gone through a complete overhaul. The new look website has been designed to shed more focus on the work and themes that are on-going through my work today. Please check out the new website and leave feedback if you wish.
My latest area of study is taking the theme of painting and its properties, important to my earlier work, but exploring it as the main subject anf focus of my work. Through this I am looking at deliberate and accidental paint marks and the process of painting, incorporating experiments and explorations into the notions of space, time, movement and concept within the realm of painting.
Below are some photographs of my studio and the development of some themes in my work.