Monthly Archives: February 2016

I dub thee ‘Art’: Backwash from the Grayson Perry Reith lectures

I had the chance to read the transcript from Grayson Perry’s first Reith lecture again today. Its very informative and well presented generally. Worth listening to or reading. This is the audio: Democracy Has Bad Taste And here is the … Continue reading

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The mythologies of sense

Things make sense to us. How could they not? The world is not a complete mystery. We damn well know certain things. Most of the time we are not confused. Confusion is the exception. There is clarity to be found … Continue reading

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Belonging

I once used to think I was from here. My parents told me stories of my upbringing and I had memories of specific joyful things. It turns out that the first day I went to high school I discovered I … Continue reading

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Questioning quality

Is it better to play to our strengths than to repair our deficiencies? Is it better to aim high and fail spectacularly than to play it safe and survive unscathed? Is a weak subject well articulated better than an amazing … Continue reading

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The rules of communication

Lately I have been engaged in a number of conversations about meaning in the arts and art as a form of communication. The inimitable Chuck Wendig had a decent post on why breaking grammatical rules was okay. I agreed with … Continue reading

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Your art is a language

“Pattern recognition is a priceless skill that comes with practice, with the experience of noticing. Noticing what works, what you’ve seen before, what might not work. Because pattern recognition is so valuable, some people have erroneously concluded that the way … Continue reading

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Making our pots understood

My good buddy Tony Clennell just had a good moan about customers looking blankly at his pots and not knowing what they were for. Every potter faces that. Every artist faces the blank stares of incomprehension and befuddlement. Tony suggests, … Continue reading

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