Monthly Archives: July 2012

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At East Side Projects (Birmingham/ AND publishing/ Gavin Wade/ An Endless Supply)

As we discussed ideas, Lynn said I should make a book which just has shadow drawings of people. Referring to ‘To observe is to change’.┬áThis is exactly what I didn’t want to do. A document of it. The documentation of it in my opinion kills the ephemerality of it. It contradicts the work.

CONTRADICTION. This is where it started. Most of my work contradicts itself in the fact that the physicality or expression of it takes away from the experience and the intention of making it. It is a re-enactment but when you scrutinise performance and the ‘in the moment-ness’ of it, anything like a document (as or perhaps considering Lynn’s suggestion would make it fall flat. So now I’m after these threads of contradictions that weave through my work. The expression of these in a book which in itself would be a contradiction is what I’d like to play with and perhaps find a medium of expression that is appropriate to communicate them or otherwise be content with the realisation that there isn’t one, or at least I haven’t found it. (because I shouldn’t and should let it just ‘be’)


Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.

– Ayn Rand

After all, what would be “beautiful” if the contradiction had not first become conscious of itself, if the ugly had not first said to itself: “I am ugly”?

– Friedrich Nietzsche

I force myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.

– Marcel Duchamp