In progress: prospect park pavilion


Decent session tonight on a painting of the chinese pavillion in prospect park. It is about thirty inches wide. The space is a relic from a different era. It is also interesting to see the landscape outside of the structure. Nothing but light and shadow will be inside. I am unhappy with the composition at the moment but believe I can make it sit better.

“It’s what they don’t say” a choreography video trailer.

I am performing in a choreographed piece by Marina Smoulevits at the Ultimate dART Dartington Ma show. “It’s what they don’t say,” utilizes two human sized piles of clothes to explore, through movement, the complexities and banalities of a relationship between two individuals.

Marina writes,

A duet performance.

A man A woman
A mountain A struggle
A dance A smile A skirt Around
A life Two lives
A mirror A sound
A route Two routes
Side by side, Hand in hand, Shoulder to shoulder

A shirt A jacket A coat
A burden A worry A drop
A loss A gain A game
Your jacket my shirt

Becoming fully aware of


A woman A man

It’s whAt they don’t sAy

I am very excited about this piece. We have been rehearsing rather regularly for about six months now. It’s given me the time and space to think about the role of improvisation, structure and movement and how these aspects relate to painting. Movement and performance have been the unexpected yet fertile areas of study this year at Dartington, especially in considering it in social/environmental contexts.

Leisure, Leftover: A painting in progress

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This photo is from the end of April.  As part of my Ultimate dART exhibit this July, I’ve continued to paint 4 foot square canvases of places I find in and around Totnes.  I will post occasional progress photos when I can. I am planning to exhibit 11 of these canvases, with sounds recorded from the sites depicted playing from small speakers behind the paintings.

Aller Park is a location on the Dartington Estate that was originally used by the Dartington Hall School and has not been used for the past 10 years, apparently because of an asbestos problem in the building.  The pool is in close proximity and has been the site of some interesting projects. Such sites are fascinating to me. The pool is obviously no longer a pool, but it isn’t important or valuable enough to transition into something else. Will Dartington Trust repair the pool?  or will they bury it?

Dartington Estate is transition rapidly, and is not without controversy. Dartington College of Arts is closing—”moving” to University College Falmouth this summer, but, it has become clear that you cannot “move” a college.  It is a closing. A particular land use ends.  What value systems inform the new land use?