…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 rather than sales. Then came the need to downsize, a task that can be daunting. But it appears there are upsides 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 my stockpile of drawings, prints, sculptures and canvases, the final step being to cull, shred, rip, bag and say 'goodbye' to much of my personal collection at the kerb.
Welcome to art-in-a-bag. In the finest tradition of conceptual art and performance, I installed these two new 'works' (above) and watched but did not record their move from kerb to truck (28 September 2015), an act that may have been one of the more inciteful / insightful moments in my career. In terms of Time and Space, this event spanned and summarized the residue of forty five years, two countries, two provinces and fifteen home studios.
A further development of 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 a significant step in the downsizing process, and posting files to this web page provided a structure around which I can maintain a personal archive.
Finally, I should acknowledge that 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.