…and another thing
Over time and between exhibitions, much of the work illustrated in this archive was stored on racks in attics, basements and spare rooms. Such is the nature of art making where the primary aim is exposure of ideas as opposed to sales. Then came the need to downsize. But there is an upside to downsizing a so-called personal collection. Indeed, downsizing can be distinctly cathartic. Moving from a house/studio/workshop to an apartment encouraged me to take a long hard look at all drawings, print editions, 3D works and canvases. Thus, the final step was to cull my personal collection, shred, tear, bag and say 'goodbye' at the kerb in dramatic fashion.
Welcome to 'art-in-a-bag'. In the finest tradition of conceptual art, installing these two new 'works' and watching but not recording them move from kerb to truck - performance: 28 September 2015 - may have been one of the more inciteful / insightful moments in my creative career. In terms of time and space the event spanned and summarized forty five years, two countries, two provinces and fifteen home studios.
A further development during downsizing, was my reintroduction to a myriad documents - exhibition announcements, catalogues, newspaper cuttings, etc. that lurked in a variety of drawers, binders, nooks and crannies. Scanning, shredding and recycling these documents was the final step in the process, and posting files to this page provided a blueprint for maintaining a personal archive. Finally, it was particularly rewarding to rediscover evidence of when and where my work showed alongside that of my talented wife and partner of fifty-plus years, Gillian (Jill Clarke) Maycock.