Border (2013) -  Polyester Resin casts: Dimensions Variable

Crunchy Bran Sculpture (2013) - Cardboard Packaging: Dimensions variable

     

6 Day week: Newsprint registration (2013) - Dimensions variable

Guardian newsprint from Monday to Saturday 

I bought the guardian for a week but didn't have time to read it during the work programme - shame on me - all the events and comment was therefore obscured with only the print registration marks visible. Sometimes we get involved in things and everything else passes us by.

Targets (2013) -  Mixed Media: dimensions variable

     

Book (2013) - mixed materials

A selection of peripherals compiled and arranged in some sort of order. The collection encompasses a range of print registrations collected over an 18 month period.

Risers (2013) - York Stone, Perspex, Polyester Resin, Stainless steel and LED lights

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Sandy Island (2012)

New Caledonia WGS 84 19°13′12″S, 159°55′48″ E-19.22,159.93 - mixed materials

Sandy Island is a celebration of a place that was probably never there and an event that may never have occurred. On hearing about the discovery or rather 'non- discovery' of Sandy island in the news this autumn, I couldn't help but want to find out more about it. The identification of the island goes back to Captain Cook who charted it in 1774 and it has been subsequently transcribed in maps and nautical charts ever since. It had even become a feature of google maps until an Australian based surveying ship discovered that at the believed location the sea floor was never less than 4,300 feet lower than sea level! The island was also included in a British Admiralty chart in 1908 with a note about the source of its charting to a whaling ship called the Velocity in the year 1876. Apparently the ship's master had reported that there was a series of "heavy breakers" and some "Sandy Islets." Perhaps Sandy island is the new Cortes Bank, a place where you might find the worlds biggest waves when the weather conditions are just right! 

Coming from a faith background and having always been intrigued by the way that written historical accounts have traditionally been copied down and passed on - along with any inherent transcription errors to future generations. The Sandy island story seemed to be an ironic modern day parallel to the way in which the act of recording or mapping combined with the element of time can sometimes produce unforeseen consequences. The fairly recent occurrence of an image of a crucified father christmas during the festive season in a Tokyo shopping centre is well documented. 

In this incarnation, the island is roughly spherical rather than long and thin as Cook's cartographer had drawn. In this contemporary and, fairly playful take on a traditional nativity scene, most of the usual characters are missing. This time, there is just one solitary female figure surrounded by more gifts and accompanied by her new born, ‘the light of the world’.  

And surrounding this pair is the cool blue/green suffuse glow of the Coral sea.

On the 26th November 2012 Google Maps removed all reference to Sandy Island and by the 29th of the same month the National Geographical Society had struck it off too. Please let us not let the memory of Sandy Island sink from our collective consciousness!!   

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Casts (2012) - Coloured Polyester Resin: Dimensions variable

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Stock (2010) - Plaster and paint: Dimensions variable

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'A small structure built for declarations of one sort or another' (2009) - mixed materials 

Declarations of one sort or another (2009)

“I set fire to my parents garage”

“I watched the cashier in Homebase make an error when paying for our bathroom suite. I didn’t say anything and consequently we got it for nothing!”

“I bought illegal drugs from my cousin”

“I put a stone in a snowball and threw it at my girlfriends Greek Mistress”

“I have been having paid sex with a male prostitute for 2 years. I love him but of course he doesn't love me. He is bankrupting me!”

“I cuckholded my husband. Oops, - Oh well.”

“I climbed over a police barrier near the seafront when they had one of those big New Years Eve celebrations. I’m glad I did as I dragged my friend (now dead) with me and we got down to a better place to see everything. Its good to have rebellious memories of adventures with people now gone”

“I often cross the road before the green man is displayed if no cars are coming. I never do it if a small child is waiting to cross with their parents, though”

“I came here a little bit drunk - sorry!”

“I put my head out of the window on the train (in the old days)”

“I have used drugs and been drunk and disorderly in public.

I dont like rules, regulations or laws. I'm a naughty boy”

“I lied under oath”

“My dad said I must not have a leather jacket. So I hid it in the outside loo and changed when I went out. I told him about 10 years ago which was some 25 years after and he was amazed and cross!”

“I can remember swimming with my dad when the red flag was flying - those reckless genes!”

“Kissing in an Italian church”

“I told an architect I was stuck in traffic, when in fact I was still at home in bed”

For more declarations and for more information about the exhibition 'Keep off the Grass' click here >>>>

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'Everything that wouldn’t compost or recycle in the normal way but we couldn’t bring ourselves to throw away’ (2009) - Dimensions variable

Installation commenced on the 1st April 2009, it was added to daily and interrupted 8 weeks later

For more information about this exhibit and the exhibition 'Keep off the Grass' click here >>>>

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Bomb Shelter (2008) - Mixed materials

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'Relics' (2008) - Found during the excavation - mixed materials

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Emergency Store (2008) - mixed materials

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Christ (2004) - Coloured Polyester resins & lead on perspex: 38 x 28 cm

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18 Meteorites (2003) - Pigmented Polyester resin, concrete & iron: Dimensions variable

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Onion Preparation (2000) - Mixed pigments & clear casting resin on perspex: 76 x 101cm

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43 Nuts (1999) - Light box with Polyester resin and mixed media: 47 x 48 x 12cm

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Packaged (1999) - Light box with coloured Polyester resins: 47 x 48 x 12cm