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New Work – New Play

Out with the old, in with the new! It’s with great relief that David finally completed scanning in all the slide and colour negative records of his old work! To start with a bang, “Barbershop Dance” shows a rave-up at Sweeney Todd’s place ‘with stripes on’ – lots of action, lots of movement…

“Buttersaurus” emerges next – creatures of all kinds are being created in the primeval swamps, with the tactile look of a finger painting…

“Dark Spirals” (below) is more decorative and controlled, with rythmic ripples or soundwaves radiating beyond the picture space…

“Delta” has a much more spacious feeling – like flying high above a rugged landscape. Note the triangular ‘stamp’ of the brush that creates the conifers…

“Egg Man Tries to Fly” is inspired by the plight of the foolhardy Humpty Dumpty figure who quite obviously is destined to remain earthbound…

Unmistakeably aquatic, “Pond Life” evokes the teeming life of tadpoles and watery weeds…

“Loopy Cuts” – as lines turn, cross and join, shapes are formed in the intersections. If these shapes are filled with colour a cut-out effect is produced, still retaining the looping directions of the original lines.

“Night Walk” evokes the glowing traces of  nocturnal ramblings around mysterious landscape. Stars sprinkle the sky whilst base camp nestles into the subtle shading of the hills and fields…

Look into the ice cold vortex of “Polar”. It speaks of glaciers, of Northern Lights – a world that is hostile to man, yet wonderous to behold.

“Nowt As Strange” earns its title by presenting the most unlikely combinations of effects and implied scales. Animal, mineral, vegetable? It’s hard to say!

All is well in the farmyard – “Pecking Order” confirms that this bold cockerel has hopped into prime position to crow the dawn…

“Scarab” refers to the vaguely beetle-like centre of the ‘sacred’ green area – here repeated patterns spiral around protectively. By contrast the lower area is fractured by deep ravines which threaten to encroach on the peaceful sanctuary…

In the bizarre graphic domain of “Segment Eater”, the action revolves around the grizzly snarling red ‘thing’ that is devouring the yellow and orange disc. Frantic interventions are planned from all quarters – let’s hope they succeed!

Long thought to be extinct, “Spiderphant” –  lumbers into view. We watch the progress of this incongruos creature with disbelief and amusement…

The painterly “Sundae” is somehow reminiscent of an Eaton Mess. “Go figure”, as the Americans say…

Cubism was a famous art movement which compressed space, whereas “Tubism” shows an expanded world full of tubes and strips floating freely in space…

 

 

 

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