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RHA Annual Exhibition

An untitled sculpture of min made of laser cut plywood in the catalogue for the RHA’s 186th Annual Exhibition.

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Clever cover design by David Pearson for George Orwell’s 1984 from set of new editions of Orwell’s books. via Creative Review

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Thesaurus Word Loops Booklet

This is a new version of a booklet first produced in 2006. The booklet has been redesigned and some changes made to the content. Each of these word loops takes a pair of words with opposite meanings as its starting … Continue reading

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I’m a real photographer

I’ve been looking at the work of Keith Arnatt recently. He began as a conceptual artist who used photography as tool – he’s famous for the piece where he wore a sign saying “I’m a real artist” and a series … Continue reading

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A Geometry of the Pitted, Pocked, and Broken Up

This quote from James Gleick’s book Chaos: Making a New Science refers to the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot who is considered the “father of fractal geometry”. I think its interesting to think about in relation to contemporary sculpture. Clouds are not spheres, … Continue reading

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D’arcy Wentworth Thompson

These illustrations by D’Arcy Wenworth Thompson show the shapes made by drops of ink in water (left) and the tentacles of a jellyfish (right). They are taken from a book called Chaos: The Amazing Science of the Unpredicatable by James Gleick … Continue reading

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Photos of Atom Bomb

I’ve been reading Terry Winters: Paintings, Drawings, Prints 1994-2004 in advance of the show of his work at IMMA coming up in a week or so. The book includes some pages from Winter’s notebooks where he has pasted in found … Continue reading

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The Drunkard’s Walk

Ì have just finished reading a book about randomness called The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow. The book aims to explain us the role of chance in everyday life. One of the interesting facts in the book … Continue reading

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I picked up a copy of Arpeggio by Nina Canell today. Its a beautiful book designed by Robin Watkins.

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Where do you get your ideas?

There’s a booklet with today’s Guardian called “How to write fiction”. There’s a article by Kate Pullinger addressing on of the most common (and most annoying) questions  asked of artists and writers. Writers are often asked the question, “Where do you get your … Continue reading

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