…of the workbooks I periodically use to push ideas forward. I don’t keep sketchbooks in the traditional sense but instead I use hardback notebooks as scrapbooks for drawings, collected material, notes, and conflations of all three. I don’t use them all the time and don’t finish one before moving onto another. Occasionally I take time to stick a batch of stuff in and then work on the surface created. There are usually extra pages, bits of tracing paper and so on which can make for a complicated experience of looking. I worked for a printer and then a publisher before returning to art practice and I still have an interest in making books or book-like documents and this improvised production – which doesn’t really have any meaning – taps into that. Even if the books don’t have meaning, they do have purpose. By working and re-working the pages over and over again ideas collide and interrupt one another which can generate ideas for exhibiting or for new work.
I’m making short films – slideshows really – and posting them on my YouTube channel. You can find the first two here:
Each film is taken form a separate book (one A4 and one A5). It’s unlikely that these books will be immune to further amendment.
I will be giving an artist talk during the evening event on the 16th. Entrance to this event and the exhibition is free and all are welcome.
The evening event if from about 5pm on June 16th. I will be talking about the work at the start of this event.
The gallery is open on the 17th between 11am and 4pm.
All the works are for sale (unframed). 50% of any money raised will be donated to Bank Street Arts.
In addition to this ALL the money raised from the auction of my drawing of Guernica will go to Bank Street Arts. If you would like to bid for this drawing please email in confidence at firstname.lastname@example.org. The drawing will go to the highest bidder over the reserve price of £1500.
Large works to be shown include:
After Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (pictured above)
After Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (pictured below)
After Caravaggio’s The Incredulity of St Thomas
After Walker Evans’ and Sherrie Levine’s Annie Mae Burroughs
After Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa
After Joseph Beuys’ Wirstschaftswerte (Economic Values) II
There will also be a selection of smaller works on display. All the works are drawings of art works by others.
A PDF of a catalogue/ price list is available for download here.
If you would like to buy a Digital Rain collection of your own making, now’s your chance.The headline is that I’m offering 250+ designs for £3 each with no minimum order. Order as few or as many designs as you like. The image above gives you an indication of what they look like.
To get hold of these you need to email me [bryaneccleshall (at) gmail (dot) com] and I’ll send you an order form or you can download it here: Digital Rain Order Form
Once you’ve filled it in, email it to me and I’ll get on with the order.
Thanks for reading and thanks for your continuing support.
I am selling twelve A2 prints of the above image The Digital Rain Gallery of the Louvre for £30 plus p+p. If you would like one, please email me at bryaneccleshall (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll put you on the list. First come, first served. I’ll ship anywhere in the world and can accept Paypal.
I have decided to offer my large multi-panel drawing for sale with all the proceeds of that sale going to Bank Street Arts in Sheffield. Bank Street Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts centre where I have have been a resident artist and trustee for several years. You can read more about the centre here.
The sale will take place as part of a solo show of my monochrome works at Bank Street Arts on the 16th and 17th June. If you’re interested in buying the work it will be offered unframed with a reserve price of £1500. We have to sort out the details, but basically the highest bid over £1500 made by the close of the show will secure the piece.
Size: 2400mm x 1200mm.
Assembled from 144 square panels, with slight mismatches visible throughout the work. Click on the image above for a much closer look.
Graphite on Paper.
The drawing will be on display during the exhibition, which we plan to run in conjunction with a symposium on copyright. If you are interested in attending the symposium, you can find the details here. On that page is a call-out for twenty-minute papers, for which the deadline is May 15th.
If you can’t make it to the show but are interested in placing a bid for the work, please let me know (my email address is bryaneccleshall (at) gmail (dot) com) and we’ll see what can be arranged.
I will post much, more about the solo show in due course, but I wanted to make this announcement as soon as possible.
It’s been a while since I last posted anything on here. That’s not because I’ve nothing to say, but because I’ve been busy with all sorts of stuff. I thought I’d take a few minutes to summarise my practice at the moment with a few links to where it can be seen and to bookmark a few posts on this blog that keep getting hits…
While I am still making monochrome pencil drawings I have been working on a series of digital collages that I impulsively called Digital Rain. I did post them on here to begin with, but I was making two or three a day and it was turning into a chore. I have revived by instagram account which is probably the best place to see them. I also post them on twitter, but mixed in with all sorts of other stuff. A couple of recent images sit at the head of this post. The work emerges form the Sans Terre work I make with Chris Graham and is concerned with refugees, art history, Beyoncé, dystopian science-fiction, religion, and loads more. I’m not thinking too hard when I make individual pieces as I see them as being in conversation with one another and what is clear in one piece is muddy in another. They are yet to be exhibited.
Radio Four Appearance
A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed for a BBC Radio Four programme about copyright. It can be listened to through the BBC iPlayer on this page. I’m on close to the end, but it’s a fascinating meditation on the fitness of copyright law (or rather the lack of it) in the digital age. Recommended, even if I had nothing to do with it. Listen here. In the programme Richard Taylor refers to my prize-winning drawing, After Joseph Beuys’s Wirtschaftswerte (Economic Values). You can read more about it here and see it below.
365 Project Advice
My advice for starting a 365 drawing project keeps getting referred to and you can find it here.
Antoine Berman’s Twelve Deforming Tendencies of Translation
The most popular post I’ve ever written is this one, concerned with the text that was the course of my Ph.D. research. I suspect that people click on and then click off. I probably ought to expand it. I will be writing a version of my findings as a chapter of a book. That’s likely to be the reason I disappear from view in June and July.