Monday, May 22, 2017

ArtsLab II Episode 25: The Letter D

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Episode 25: The Letter D
Broadcast Monday 22 May 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.

ArtsLab II content is typically original, created by artists and poets for each episode.

Helen Kay, Dee (2017)
Mark Sheeky, Destination D (2017)
Mark Sheeky, Dance Of D (2017)
Lavinina Murray, Dashing Darting Dentures (2017)
Lavinina Murray, You Promised Me The Stars (2017)
Mark Sheeky, Departures To D (2017)
Lavinina Murray, D Sans-Serif (2017)
Simon Ross, In Deed (2017)
Rory Coward, The Last Laugh (2017)
Lavinina Murray, Inside The Wall Cavity With Letter D (2017)
Rebecca Cherrington, The Letter D (2017)
Steven Goodwin, The Letter D (2017)
Mark Sheeky, Destiny: The Summit of the Caldera (2017)

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/RedShiftRadio/playlists/artslab/

You can listen live during the broadcast on:
www.redshiftradio.co.uk

Monday, May 15, 2017

ArtsLab II Episode 24: Insects

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Episode 24: Insects
Broadcast Monday 15 May 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.

ArtsLab II content is typically original, created by artists and poets for each episode.

Lavinia Murray, The Myth Of The Caddisfly Knight (2017)
Lavinia Murray, Unsects (2017)
Mark Sheeky, Requiem For A Midge (2017)
Mike Fuller, The Brave By Nicholas Rowe (2017)
Michael Murray, Riverflies (2017)
Andrew Williams, I Am A Fly (2017)
Andrew Williams, Bumblebee (2017)
Mark Sheeky, Caterpillar (2017)
Trixi Field, Morning Face (2017) Mark Sheeky, Dreams of Flight (2017)
Lavinia Murray, I'm Just A Normal Bee (2017)
Lavinia Murray, Antisects (2017)
Trixi Field, Airborne (2017)
Lavinia Murray, Greenfly Trapped In A Raindrop On A Rose Leaf (2017)
Rebecca Cherrington, Insects (2017)
Steven Goodwin, Spring Picnic (2017)
Lavinia Murray, Queen Ant Flies Too High And Panics (2017)
Mark Sheeky, The Ant Philosopher (2017)

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/RedShiftRadio/playlists/artslab/

You can listen live during the broadcast on:
www.redshiftradio.co.uk

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Painting Thoughts: The Resurrection Of Napoleon Bonaparte

My paintings are often quite complex to understand and I find that they really come alive with some explanation, so I've begun to create some videos about them. I thought I'd share my latest one and a few written words too.

Here is Te Resurrection of Napoleon Bonaparte, an oil on canvas work from 2016. The spark of the idea came from last 2015, when someone came into the Macc Art Lounge, a pop-up shop in Macclesfield where I had some work on show. They were looking for paintings of The White Nancy, a local monument, and a popular subject for artists, so I volunteered to paint it. The idea captured my imagination, and I looked up the history of the odd shaped building.

It turned out to be a Napoleonic monument, and I found it irresistible to include Napoleon in the sky, charging heroically away to a glorious horizon. The image was so strong that I was determined to include him, yet made of sky, a ghost, an ever presence. The monument on a high hill was such a perfect position for the charging once-emperor. It's almost as though the famous David painting, which I knew well, was made for Bollington.

Much of my art is about art or references other artworks. In the way the music builds upon predecessors, so does visual art, and each painting now, in this so-called "post modern" era, needs these vital guides more than ever. I think "post modern" is a somewhat bold academic name for this current epoch. It implies that visual art has all been discovered, and now we must merely mop-up the visual pieces and explore and reformulate existing discoveries, rather than discover new things - when of course there are vast numbers of undiscovered art genres and classifications out there - when the well-tempered chromatic scale was documented in music by Bach, did he consider music complete?!

However, onward to the painting!

Some technical bits not mentioned in the video. It's oil on canvas in two layers and uses a walnut oil in amber medium for glazing, which gives it an amazing visual quality in real life. Interestingly, David didn't have access, or not much access, to Napoleon, who didn't see the point of realism in art and didn't consider a likeness important at all. So even in David's work (one of the five his studio completed) has only approximate stabs at a likeness, each different.

When I conceived this, a glorious dawn was coming, not a storm. Who knows which was true? I'd like to think the former. Artists might reference the past and its artistic history, connecting with a rich seam of cultural metaphor rooted in nature, yet art should document the present. These are strange times for humanity, but I think, great ones of peace and prosperity, beyond the fearful dawn. In such times artists, not warriors, must become the heroes.

Monday, May 08, 2017

ArtsLab II Episode 23: Space

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Episode 23: Space
Broadcast Monday 8 May 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.
Special guest John Hartshorn.

ArtsLab II content is typically original, created by artists and poets for each episode.

Ian Parr, The Planets: Earth (2017)
Mark Sheeky, Earth Response (2017)
Ian Parr, The Planets: Venus (2017)
Michael Murray, Dark Energy (2017)
Andrew Williams, Orbit (2017)
Ian Parr, The Planets: Neptune (2017)
Lavinia Murray, Spacers (2017)
Lavinia Murray, Cosmic Versus Cosmetic Space (2017)
Lavinia Murray, Wolf Space Programme (2017)
Lavinia Murray, Pluto Sputnik Planetia (2017)
Ian Parr, The Planets: Mercury (2017)
Mark Sheeky, Stranded At Moonbase Eight (2017)
Ian Parr, The Planets: Uranus (2017)
Rebecca Cherrington, Space (2017)
Steven Goodwin, Space (2017)
Mark Sheeky, Black Hole (2017)

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/RedShiftRadio/playlists/artslab/

You can listen live during the broadcast on:
www.redshiftradio.co.uk

Monday, April 24, 2017

ArtsLab II Episode 22: Tuesday

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Episode 22: Tuesday
Broadcast Monday 24 April 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.

ArtsLab II content is typically original, created by artists and poets for each episode.

Lavinia Murray, Tuesday Betrays (2017)
Lavinia Murray, When Goblins Meet (2017)
Michael Murray, George (2017)
Lavinia Murray, When Goblins Meet 2 (2017)
Deborah Edgeley, Who Chose Choose-a-day (2017)
Mark Sheeky, Tuesday on Sunday (2017)
Claire Bassi, Tuesday (2017)
Ken Dodd, Happiness (1961)
Lavinia Murray, Tuesday (2017)
Venture Lift, The Diamond Way (Finnegan's Wake) (2017)
Helen Kay, Tuesday (2017)
Marianne Faithful, Ruby Tuesday (1995)
Steven Godwin, Descendants (2017)
Andrew Williams, Shrove Tuesday (2017)
Mark Sheeky, Two For One Tuesday (2017)
Andrew Williams, Tyr's Day (2017)
Lavinia Murray, Tuesday Tiger (2017)
Rebecca Cherrington, Tuesday (2017)
Mark Sheeky, The Death Of Tuesday (2017)

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/RedShiftRadio/playlists/artslab/

You can listen live during the broadcast on:
www.redshiftradio.co.uk

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Music & Video Synchronisation

Spent all day working on how to create a text file like this, various frame numbers of events in a piece of music (accurate to a 44100hz sample!). This was very frustrating as I was 384 mysterious samples out for each note. After working at it for many hours, I just added 384 to everything! Although this isn't ideal, it's probably the best solution anyway, as fixing this big might make my existing music out of time with newer tracks.

These frame numbers make it possible to create perfectly synchronised videos to a particular soundtrack. I used something similar for the Challenger video, which I hope to remaster in HD soon. There's a post about how I made that on here somewhere.

I hope to use this to create more videos soon for Cycles & Shadows. It can be time consuming to synchronise videos exactly, but something like Avisynth and Open Office spreadsheets can be combined to make a text-based animation system!

Monday, April 17, 2017

ArtsLab II Episode 21: Descendants

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Episode 21: Descendants
Broadcast Monday 17 April 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.
Special guest Rebecca Smith.

ArtsLab II content is typically original, created by artists and poets for each episode.

Lavinia Murray, American Quilt Face (2017)
Andrew Williams, The Descent of Man (2017)
Mike Fuller, Quotes By Dr. Jacob Bronowski (2017)
Lavinia Murray, These Are My Descendants Being Processed (2017)
Epiphany Now, Finnegan's Wake (2017)
Rebecca Cherrington, Descendants (2017)
Trixi Field, A Ducking Romance (2017)
Mark Sheeky, Corridors of Nothing Menopause (2017)

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/RedShiftRadio/playlists/artslab/

You can listen live during the broadcast on:
www.redshiftradio.co.uk

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fledgling

Sometimes in art, in anything where you want to excel, you have to stop comparing yourself to others, and even your own past. As beginners we charge ahead in joyous ignorance, but then we learn about the great things that others have done, and learn from them. After a certain time we must sever that connection too, and make a brave leap, not comparing our work with anything, having only faith in something new and different, releasing the child to the world and its independence. The best art always takes faith.