You can’t look back because it’s gone – part one

Video installation – Glasgow still life images of ‘unspace’ streamed through a fabric clay monoprint ‘window’.

Photographic evidence of the failings of urban regeneration, architectural still lifes and other images of ‘unspace’ are streamed through a fabric clayprint ‘window’. The images a reminder of universal impermanence and the antithesis of clay as a symbol of concrete objective reality. Most of the photos were taken in and around Glasgow, a few were taken at a disused brickworks in Ayrshire.

Unspace – Any building that no longer has a use, particularly if neglected and in a state of decay.

SSA Annual Exhibition 2016, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.

The clayprint was printed onto a very fine man-made fabric from a white-bodied clay slab decorated with coloured slip, the slip applied using several different techniques. The porousity of the fabric and thin layer of clay allow the monoprint to reflect the image perfectly, whilst also not preventing the image from appearing on the back wall.

The monoprint was hung using very thin fisherman’s line, which, because it was difficult to make out, caused the streamed image to appear as if it were floating in space.

Unspace images

A sample of images used for the video streaming installation.
Most photos were taken in and around Glasgow, a few were taken at a disused brickworks in Ayrshire.

You can’t look back because it’s gone – part two

The title of the video installation above came from a comment made by one of the Project Ability community of artists. I had the privilege of speaking with a number of the ReConnect community, ages ranging from those in their twenties to those in their 60’s, about their memories of Glasgow, specifically for this project. Memories were deliberately triggered by showing some of the photographic images I had taken in and around Glasgow. These autobiographical memories were then collated and printed onto a large reel of paper and hung from sourced scaffolding. This was originally to be exhibited alongside the video installation. My thanks to Project Ability and their ReConnect artists.

You can’t look back because it’s gone

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