Saturday, 31 July 2010

diagram 1987

pearl diving

…the transmissibility of the past had been replaced by its citability…
Full fathom five thy father lies; Of his bones are coral made; Those are pearls that were his eyes; Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange. Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell: Ding-dong. Hark! now I hear them — Ding-dong, bell.

Stradanus / pearl diving/ C16

Friday, 23 July 2010

Terminus: boundary stone

The new work was hardly begun, when, we are told, heaven itself was moved to give a sign of the future greatness of Rome's dominion: for when the auguries were taken, the birds allowed the secularization of all the places of worship except the shrine of Terminus. the fact that of all gods Terminus alone was not moved from his place or called to leave the ground which was consecrated to his worship, was taken to portend the stability and permanence of everything Roman. Hard upon this happy augury came another strange event, which seemed to foretell the grandeur of our empire: a man's head with the features intact was discovered by workmen who were digging the foundations of the temple. This meant without a doubt that on this spot would stand the imperial citadel of the capital city of the world. Nothing could be plainer.

Livy 1.55 (Tarquinus Superbus)

project tic toc

time tunnel

saving time/ wasting time/ pillow for boris groys

'contemplation is not what it was'


rehearsal / michael clark

time is just a co-ordinate…

Thursday, 22 July 2010

medicine against compassion and nostalgia

The black square was like an open window through which the revolutionary spirit of destruction could enter the space of culture and reduce it to ashes.

Groys / Former West

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

eyes mouth eyes


desk c.1995

Another help to the memory is the pocketbook in which to enter stray thoughts and observations: what the Elizabethans called ‘tablets’. John Aubrey tells us that Hobbes ‘always carried a note booke in his pocket, and as soon as a thought darted, he presently entred it into his booke, or otherwise he might have lost it. He had drawn the designe of the book into chapters, etc., so he knew whereabout it would come in.’

it was your lynx eyes, asia

drawing for text painting c.1991

thoughts & I felt great

drawing for text paintings c.1992


studio door

school folder

lick my decals off baby




drawings from Russia c. 1994


folding changes the memory of paper




Monday, 19 July 2010

on the Campus Martius a storm burst with violent thunder

A cloud enveloped him, so thick that it hid him from the eyes of everyone present; and from that moment he was never seen again upon earth.

Livy 1.16 (Romulus)