Friday 21 February – Friday 15 May 2020

Crush Hall Cabinets, FCH Campus, Swindon Rd, Cheltenham

This display presents a series of works based on the preliminary findings of my PhD research project ‘Scribble and the Structures of Depiction’, which explores relationships between patterns of spontaneous gestural mark making and designed pictorial schemes in the context of the rectangle. Shown here are sketchbook pages, test pieces, samples of materials and techniques and fully realised plans for multi part installation pieces, which are currently in progress in the studio. All of these are part of my physical practice research, which has been developed as a method of addressing my specific research questions and which parallels and complements my written academic work. My study is concerned with the very beginnings of the developmental process of drawing and how the elementary patterns that originate there are related to fundamentally simple pictorial designs produced by adults – specifically alphanumeric displays and heraldic partitions – that are nonetheless capable of producing highly complex significations. This research developed from my established art practice, which investigates seeing, pattern recognition and the legibility and meaning of mark making, notation, letterforms, glyphs and visual communication designs. My research questions are:

  1. What are the typologies of scribble pattern and designed schemes of pictorial structure occurring in alphanumeric displays and heraldic partitions?
  2. What are the relationships between typologies of scribble pattern and the specified designed schemes of pictorial structure in the context of the rectangle?
  3. Which methodologies can be developed for analysing, understanding and demonstrating those relationships using multiple methods of art practice, exhibition production, curation and writing?

 

Items on display

 

Practice-research Cat. No. 001:

Test piece: ‘D6’

Reverse painting: acrylic on glass, 100 x 150 x 2 mm.

2017

 

Practice-research Cat. No. 025:

Six panels from: The Basic Formal Units (Machón)

Reverse painting: acrylic on glass. Each panel: 27.9 x 27.9 cm

2018

 

Practice-research Cat. No. 026:

The Primary Line Formations

Preparatory drawing for multi-panel wall installation; acrylic on paper collage with graphite. 42 x 29.7 cm (A3 portrait)

2018

 

Copy of: The Primary Line Formations: sketch plan for a revised layout

(A4 landscape)

 

Practice-research Cat. No. 027:

Copy of: The Primary Forms

Preparatory drawing for multi-panel wall installation; acrylic on paper collage with graphite. 29.7 x 21 cm (A4 landscape)

2019

 

Practice-research Cat. No. 028:

The Basic Scribbles

Preparatory drawing for multi-panel wall installation; acrylic on paper collage with graphite. 42 x 29.7 cm (A3 portrait)

2019

 

Practice-research Cat. No. 029:

Test Piece: ‘Full Block’

Acrylic on canvas, 21 x 15 x 1.5cm

2020

 

Practice-research Cat. No. 030:

Test Piece: ‘Ampersand’

Acrylic on canvas, 21 x 15 x 1.5cm

2020

 

Practice-research Cat. No. 031:

Twelve Diagrams showing the Construction of Heraldic Ordinaries

After John Ruskin: (Ashmolean WA.RS.RUD.007)

Fine liner and pencil on paper mounted on board, 32 x 22 cm

2019-20

 

Practice-research Cat. No. 032:

5 x 7 Dot Matrix Character Set

Inkjet print on archival coloured paper mounted on card with acrylic and graphite, 21 x 29.7 cm (A4 landscape)

2020

 

Practice-research Cat. No. 033-46:

Test Piece: Multi-segment Alphanumeric Displays (Field Notes)

14 inkjet prints on coated paper mounted on card with acrylic. Each panel: 9.7 x 7cm

2020

 

Practice-research Cat. No. 047:

7- 14- & 16-segment Alphanumeric Character Sets (ASCII)

Inkjet print on archival coloured paper mounted on card with acrylic and graphite, 29.7 x 21 cm (A4 portrait)

2020

 

Practice-research Cat. No. 048:

Test Piece: ‘Asterisk’

Acrylic on canvas, 21 x 15 x 1.5cm

2020

 

Practice-research Cat. No. 049:

Test Piece: ‘Zero’

Acrylic on canvas, 21 x 15 x 1.5cm

2020

 

Practice-research Cat. No. 050:

Test Piece: ‘Question’

Acrylic on canvas, 21 x 15 x 1.5cm

2020

 

Practice-research Cat. No. 051:

Test Piece: ‘i’

Acrylic on canvas, 21 x 15 x 1.5cm

2020

 

Practice-research Cat. No. 052:

Cross, Kiss, Frame (modello)

Second version. Sgraffito into ‘Black 3.0’ acrylic over gold card collage mounted on black board, 23 x 21 cm

2020

 

Chart showing drawings of the principal Heraldic Ordinaries (objects upon a field)

 

Chart showing drawings of principal Heraldic Field Divisions

 

Copies of various sketchbook pages