Elsewhere – Where Are We Now?

We are better connected than we were three months ago, but we don’t really know the pathway through the next three and beyond. The Market Festival in Dumfries last Saturday was full of communal joy and genuine bonhomie but behind the mask we aren’t quite sure how long this spell of almost normality will last…we…

The New Normal is Now…

Rolling directly into my sketch book as preliminary work for Elsewhere, a project for The Stove Network in Dumfries, I found myself wondering where the roller would go, what it would do, how much ink it would deposit, what textures it would create, when it would run out of ink, how long I will believe…

Treble Denim – strengthening the social bonds

Returning to life after lockdown involves an ever-increasing pattern of overlapping life shapes and patterns, combinations of over and under, beside and between, distant and closer, safer and less safe, trusting and risky, aimless and purposeful, peaceful and agitated, knowing and unknowing, hopeful and disturbed, relieved and edgy, banal and fantastic, comfortable and prickly, proactive…

May 6: Darkly — On This Date in Photography: by James Mcardle

Glass and photography have had long association. Glass lenses enable the camera to ’see’. Even the daguerreotype on metal relied on a layer of glass in a frame to protect its delicate, erasable surface, and it became redundant in face of efforts to use glass as a desirable substrate for photo-sensitive materials which occupied much […]…

April 10: Streetview — On This Date in Photography: by James Mcardle

April 10: In streets now empty of humanity, how might the photograph interpose a human vision? I’ve just discovered a fine and timely meditation from three weeks ago in The Conversation‘s “Friday essay” that Cherine Fahd and Sara Oscar wrote together on “the uncanny melancholy of empty photographs in the time of coronavirus” amplifying observations…

Wivenhoe Park Memorial Window – a response to landscape desecration

Painted and screen-printed leaded glass panel, 2019, Andy Brooke “No two days are alike, nor even two hours; neither was there ever two leaves of tree alike since the creation of the world.” John Constable This panel is a personal homage to and lament for the land around and increasingly under the University of Essex…

Chihuly at Kew Gardens – dialogue between nature and glass

Until 27 October you can see the work of Seattle-based glass artist Dale Chihuly in the grounds and gallery of Kew Gardens, London. The show is called Reflections on Nature and his glass is unmistakable and flamboyant. But he has managed to integrate his vision of the world of natural forms in glass into the…