Items of note
The Isle of the Dead: the Jumper

The Isle of the Dead: the Jumper

Mentioned in Ballard’s The Crystal World and strongly hinted at in Nabokov’s Despair, I’ve always loved Arnold Böcklin’s The Isle of the Dead.

Here’s a version…

And now I have the jumper. I am the Isle of the Dead – a veritable picture of goth in mohair-blend by Coach. I’ve not loved an item of clothing as much as this since my Hi-Tec Nationals, circa 1985. Listen to some Rachmaninov and stare at the fine mohair blend – of death…

What is ‘the quiet life’ anyway?

What is ‘the quiet life’ anyway?

Well, it certainly involved re-watching Stalker on DVD while reading Geoff Dyer’s Zona. If you thought Stalker was a little swift at times, you know on the speedy side, then I recommend using some of your precious time in this intertextual flip-flop. I managed to stretch things out for an entire Sunday…

The quite quiet life also involves reading, glowering near or pouring a red wine while casting long, suspicious sideways glances at the following…


Pieces of You Are Here – Lorna Macintyre at DCA

Pieces of You Are Here – Lorna Macintyre at DCA

I was lucky enough to get along to Lorna’s opening at DCA last weekend, and had a tip top lunch with some long term favs to boot – thank you Lorna, Val and all at DCA. Pieces of You Are Here is delicate, detailed and full of beautiful surprises. An emotional thing for me – which I should have realised, as I was a little bit teary at the poster. Jeez. Go Macintyre and family!

NEWS FLASH – Lorna get’s a smashing review here.

The catalogue, designed by Val Norris, is the perfect accompaniment. And she builds a mean nest too.

Here’s what DCA says:

‘Scottish artist Lorna Macintyre uses a broad spectrum of influential touchstones in her work, from poetry and literature to archaeology and symbolism. These references often create an oblique structure underlying her photographic and sculptural artworks, lending a form for a composition or providing the impetus behind her choice of materials. This exhibition will mark Macintyre’s first solo exhibition in a major UK institution, debuting a new body of work commissioned for Gallery 2 at DCA.

Macintyre has long been interested in exploring the potential of the materials she uses within her practice, often pushing them playfully to develop in unexpected ways. Pieces of You Are Here will include silver gelatin photographs, cyanotypes, and digital prints on silk, installed alongside new sculptural forms such as crystalline structures grown from cyanotype chemistry on ceramic surfaces.

A significant focal point within this exhibition is a photograph of an archaeological artefact housed within The McManus museum in Dundee: a small terracotta tile excavated from the nearby Carpow Roman Fort in Abernethy that bears a paw print made by a dog who, centuries ago, walked across this clay surface as it was drying. Macintyre has been drawn to this fragment of our past, intrigued by the way it draws on specific ideas about time and historical record. What does it mean for us to consider an object such as this in a museum or gallery? How are fleeting, accidental moments in time now captured by raw materials in the world around us? Macintyre draws as much upon poetic imagination as historical fact to explore these questions in Pieces of You Are Here.

About Lorna Macintyre

Lorna Macintyre (b. 1977 Glasgow) is an artist based in Glasgow. Having studied for both a BA (1999) and MFA (2007) at the Glasgow School of Art, she now also works there as a visiting lecturer in Fine Art. Macintyre’s recent solo exhibitions include: Spolia, Cample Line, Dumfriesshire (2017); Much Marcle, Chapter, Cardiff (2016); Material Language or All Truths Wait in All Things, Mary Mary, Glasgow (2015); Solid Objects, Glasgow Project Room (2015); and Four Paper Fugues, Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, part of GENERATION, 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, (2014). She is represented by Mary Mary, Glasgow.’


Harrison – the bookmark

Harrison – the bookmark

So, this exists. You can get one at Poundland – for a limited time before the high street leaks into an oily black sinkhole.



I know I’ve mentioned this CD-Rom work of Marker’s from 1997 before, but not sure that I’ve ever watched this – a walkthrough if you like – of the whole thing. Thanks to the patience of Guillaume-en- Égypte:

Immemory on YouTube


Cells Out

Cells Out

Thank you to Catherine Owen for reviving some old images of The Chateau’s Launch event in 2003, which I was at. Here’s a link to Cells Out at the Old Courtroom and Jail which I was at and had work in. I seem to remember that it was a brown tape based wall drawing… ah, memory lane…

Image is work by Gregor Wright – happy birthday G.

Things are coming together…

 …but for what, and who is nou?

David Bowie is The Man Who Fell to Earth (2017)

A smashing Davidfest by Nacho’s Productions. Sigh. David Bowie is the Man Who Fell to Earth.


I See You Man @ Celine

I need to get back sharpish to see the rest of I See You Man at Celine, featuring favs. such as Sophie Macpherson and Clare Stephenson…

From Celine’s site is this great introductory text by Nadia Hebson – Plus reading group/events on March 31st…

I See You Man 25.02.2018 – 31.03.2018

Celine is happy to present an exhibition organised by Nadia Hebson and Sophie Macpherson:

In summer of 2016 Sophie Macpherson and I (Nadia Hebson) worked on a text which explored our shared interests in apparel, physicality, female subjectivity and friendship. Drawing on skype and email conversations the text took an epistolary form and ranged through personal perspectives on women artists’ practices and international events such as the ‘migrant crisis’ and the EU Referendum, alongside descriptions of sports clothing and club wear, and reflections on Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the paintings of Christina Ramberg. An unguarded but none the less edited script, the text became a short hand for the creative space of female friendship.

Writing about Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels which detail the lifetime relationship of two women from an impoverished Neapolitan neighbourhood the writer Natasha Soobramanien likens the women’s friendship to an act of translation. Soobramanien writes ‘Lila and Lenù are translated beings, translating one another, shifting continually between the Neapolitan dialect of their childhood and the standard form of Italian both have a talent for expressing themselves in. And it is in this more rarefied linguistic sphere that Lenù finds success, and her professional voice as a writer (a voice modelled on Lila’s writerly voice)’. Lila and Lenu steel themselves through the confines of 60’s, 70s’ and 80’s femininity through the persistence of their complex friendship, which Ferrante so carefully atomises. They see one another and at times offer each a template for being, Ferrante’s writing of their friendship is closely analogous to the experience of creative friendship. And to understand female friendship as a form of translation is to recalibrate its constituents, becoming a space of attention, mirroring, testing, exchange, admiration and productive envy, a space of agency.

In taking the complexities of female friendship and the communicative possibilities of dress as a starting point we have invited artists and writers who are friends and potential friends to contribute work to I See You Man. These artists and writers work explore ideas of mentorship, resonance as described by Italian Feminist Carla Lonzi, feminist activism, translation, biography, fictional autobiography and the agency of dress.

Exhibiting artists: Phoebe Blatton and Annika Hüttmann, August Fröhls, Nadia Hebson, Stanya Kahn and Harry Dodge, Ellen Lesperance, Sophie Macpherson, Julia Schmidt, Clemence Seilles, Clare Stephenson

The title of the show ‘I See You Man’ is taken from work by Stanya Kahn and Harry Dodge.

Exhibition will then be open by appointment only: or 07500 343764 or 017827252941

On Saturday 31st March Celine will host an afternoon of performance, readings, talks and a reading group where the following texts and related material will be discussed. The below books and texts will be available throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Ingeborg Bachman, Three Paths to the Lake
Lucia Berlin, Manual for Cleaning Women
Kate Briggs, This Little Art
Daniela Cascella, Singed
Elfriede Jellinek, Jackie
Carla Lonzi, Autoritratto
Dorothy Richardson, Painted Roofs
Natasha Soobramanien Five Notes on Smarginature
Christa Wolf, The Quest for Christa T



Alchemists and alchemical-like types…

…seem to spring up everywhere when you start looking – all part of its symbolic mutability and what not. This week I have mostly been watching & reading, with Eggs and Aliens for The Curios Society as the excuse…

The Holy Mountain, The Colour of Pomegranates, El Topo, Picnic at Hanging Rock, A Dream Within A Dream, Get Out, Possession, Arrival, The Story of Your Life, Memoirs of a Spacewoman, Blade Runner 2049 (again) & The Exterminating Angel. A mixed bag, I think you can agree. What can I say? I’m a nibbler and a picker at the black, white and red buffet…