‘Touch’ symposium

This Friday, I will be contributing to a symposium on ‘Touch’ in Art process as part of the Didsbury Arts Festival.  I will be talking about my installation The Gesture of Thinking, and about the role of ‘touch’ in interpreting painting.

painting

In the tactile engagement with materials in my studio, I make sense out of physical ‘sense’.  But if the ‘thinking’ is in the making, how can I share this ‘felt’ knowledge with an audience?

The Gesture of Thinking

“It is not pictures as objects of perception, that can teach us about perceiving; rather, it is making pictures – that is, the skilful construction of pictures – that can illuminate experience, or rather the making or enacting of experience.” Alva Noë

painting

This installation explores processes of embodied cognition through painting.  It aims to understand creative practice as an agential, corporeal activity performed by a body moving through its environment.  Through gesture, materiality and the use of tools, visual knowledge emerges in a process of artistic labour.  Painting, in this laborious process, is thinking – “in that instant when his vision becomes gesture, when, in Cézanne’s words, he ‘thinks in painting’”.  Merleau-Ponty

Details: Alec Clegg studio, stage@leeds, School of Performance and Cultural Industries.  Thursday 9th May, 11-3.  Drop in, no need to book. Free Entry.

TateShots ‘A bigger splash’

Video from TateShots.

In this, curator Catherine Wood describes how Pollock’s work was seen as a key point in the history of performance, because “the film of Pollock making the painting became as important arguably for the next generation of artists as the finished object.”

Describing the current generation of artists, she says “paint and the canvas are still present – it’s just in a more performative way; a more theatrical way.”