Wednesday, August 31, 2011


And so a return to the ubiquitous subject-object matter of aluminium can 'roadkill', as found & photographically documented, but, in a new twist, here, in the new(ish) locale, upon & amongst an area of tarmac road surface that adds a touch of colour to what had previously - in the 'double black lines' days & context of yore - been almost exclusively grey monochromatic surroundings & backgrounds to the 'roadkill' finds.

Such a find & photograph affords the opportunity & provides the inspiration to indulge in a little much-needed image & blogging husbandry, & specifically the selection & (re)presentation of some more recently taken photographs of small areas to be found along this particular road, which, by way of explanation of such an endeavour, constitutes the main bus route operating between Chester & Wrexham, hence its surface being marked at numerous intervals to indicate stopping zones, tarmacked over, as might be extrapolated from the available pictorial evidence, a certain red & also outlined & lettered with yellow paint.

From such source material, the keen aesthetician might extract a variety of incident, such as this fine example of craquelure, of an intriguingly circular, looped nature, upon the yellow painted line, which itself shows evidence in places of having been applied in two layers:

A second example includes the familiar-to-these-parts form of the grating of a cast-iron drainage grid cover, in addition to abstracted fragments - lines, angles, curves & loops of forms - of alphabetical lettering as another aspect of compositional interest. Again, erosion of areas of the uppermost surface(s) exposes evidence of the 'archaeology' of the strata of the entire surface's construction, layer upon layer...

The fragments of lettering & evidence of surface erosion - sometimes revealing intriguing glimpses, traces, of previous text painted underneath, cancelled out by subsequent layers - are features that might be observed also in the following further examples/compositions, also all rich in a variety of surface texture in the manner of 'painterly' painting, with which a visual analogy is intended, of course...

Note how, in this final example, the yellow line has been painted particularly thickly, for added textural effect.

In the context of such a photographic record & its subject matter, it's been interesting to read over the summer the reviews of Ingrid Calame's well-received exhibition at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh - the artist's drawing & oft highly-coloured painting practice being sourced from tracings of the incidental details of pavements, roads & other horizontal surfaces, & developed into complex layered compositions as might be appreciated from this online gallery of images.

15th September Update

On a coincidental note, here's a still life of a piece of fresh tarmac as painted by Dan Young & featured on his 'Daily' blog.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Sound of Music

Presenting the latest essential acquisition to the new home, a very much desired 1960s record player, this time successfully acquired from ebay (from one of the lovely sellers offering a 'Buy it now' option, thus bypassing the lottery of the hated auction process) after being previously thwarted.

So, a jolly nice & stylish Ferguson portable model in perfect working order & with excellent sound, just the very thing with which to reacquaint the ears with the particular qualities & delights of vinyl, some of the latest additions to the growing-again collection of which are also pictured, including Galaxie 500’s wonderful ‘This Is Our Music’ (poetry in motion, indeed), thus able to be heard for the first time in this format, which sounds very much at its best (the guitars seem so much more up front, somehow), as intended. ‘Today’, also featured, was indeed the only one of the band’s albums I ever owned & heard on vinyl back at the time the records were contemporary (the other two were bought on cassette, for the purposes of portability), a situation now fully rectified by the acquisition also – presented, as ‘Today’, most kindly by A – of ‘On Fire’, the wonders of each of which are refreshed by being heard on vinyl, with its more organic, analogue warmth & roundness of sound.

Happy days.

Monday, August 08, 2011

A Significant Find...

Drawn once more to the roadside, & objects found in such a vicinity, here is (re)presented photographic evidence of a curious encounter whilst pottering homeward yesterday, with this trio of plastic miniature road signs planted into the earthy interstice between two kerbstones...

Today, they were gone. What can it all mean...?