Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Pop-Up Poly Studios

30th MAY - 3rd JUNE

Pop-Up Poly Studios: Falmouth

Pop up Poly is our wonderful main gallery turned into ten temporary studio spaces for ten diverse artists. You will be able to see artists at work demonstrating their techniques and processes, including David Axtell, John Howard Print Studios, Victoria Williams Engraved Glass, Sparkly Lynne Jewellery, Rikke Digerud and more!
Some of our artists will be doing workshops where you can get involved and take your own piece of artwork home.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Remembering the way of the Cross

This is not the middle ages...we have decent medicines, no-one bothers with Latin, plus everyone can enjoy the musical Godspell. Check out Life of Brian to see who are more enlightened or are brainwashed.

Hi Noon 

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Snap Election-sneering

What does it all mean?! Hold your breath...

Is it...brits voting for the sake of approving less police on the streets, more food banks, desperate overworked junior doctors and understaffed hospitals, more Doctors leaving than joining a practice, free school meals axed, budgets slashed, university students saddled with yet more debt, more fracking, the disabled penalised, bedroom tax, cuts in housing benefits to the young...

What will we be voting for? More Power Enhancement...? Sounds like a Duracell battery

Another Coalition of the unwilling?
Everyone herding like sheep to inaugurate Theresa's mandate of strong mints?
Opps the Queens horse has bolted from the EU Stable
What a massive turnout...of double standards
So that Brexit can cheer up Boris Johnson?
Nothing to do with the 2015 Local Conservative Party funds not collated to include Camerons bus - they got £70,000 in fines and 20 or more Conservative MP's could lose their seats & face criminal charges - but not when there's an election on
Remember Ipsa? See which MP is most cost effective...

Fact or Fiction: Fake News  
Triple lock pension? Not guaranteed under Theresa May
Nothing guaranteed that's why everything's a bit odd at the moment
Labour will retain triple lock. (Pensions increase between av wages, inflation or 2.5%)
Yep, sounds boring. Don't understand it.
Winter fuel payments scrapped: because of climate change (it's warmer in the winter)
A weak pound pushes up inflation
Does it...I don't do math
The NHS has lowered manager numbers nuffieldtrust.org.uk
Waiting target lists are up
Mostly pinned on Hospital notice boards. A dartboard is optional
The National Health Service future depends on employees from overseas..and old people
Care homes never charge £1,000 a week, choose Travel Lodge, they only charge £50 a night
Labour increased Nurse numbers by 80,000
Teachers love teaching they leave after five years cos the pay is too good
Doctor numbers have increased by 10,000 under the Conservatives? True or false
Mostly via an app face time system...?
NHS direct was set up by Labour
The Conservatives scrapped it
PFI's were set up by Labour...dodgy privatisation by the back door of the NHS
The Post Office would never be sold off under Labour
The Conservatives sold it because the Post Office Pension plan was HUGE
That's why a first class stamp went up from 28pence to 65pence.
emails now cost £3.50 to send - uproar sends people out into the streets to talk
Labour banned Fox hunting on a free vote
Conservatives want another to repeal it
Sheep farmers make too much money
Brexit means they will get richer much quicker..

VW admits Diesel cars are a bit polluting
This is mostly for London & Parliaments Air Quality Strategy mid-election purdah
Labour admits Tax breaks for Diesel cars were mistaken...Petrol cars are still pollutants
Brits now literally have to get on their bikes
Most Uk residents drive electric cars anyway and they are soo quiet
A new EU law means all new electric cars have to be fitted with a V engine digitised sound
Brits opt for the sound of a VW car - constantly in reverse

BUNKER FUEL: you don't have to look it up - you are already breathing it in..makes the importing of Christmas goods all the more worthwhile
Thousands sue the manufacturers of Diesel buses & cars...meanwhile massive tankers ships pollute your air 

There will be jobs for 27,000 people just to sort through the millions of Brexit transaction pdf's
Police officers increase by 10,000 to help tackle the 10% rise in crime
This costs about £300 or £300,000 depending if you can remember cost quotes on a hectic day£800millions or 10,000 nurses?
The Conservatives are tough on crime and Yvonne Fletchers killer is jailed
Crimes committed from an Embassy revokes your political amnesty

KNOWN AS A conservative DOUBLE BLUFF: Keep migration high, and then what? Blame N Ireland & Scotland for wanting to stay in the EU? 

Theresa May as Home Secretary since 2010 has successfully lowered immigration by 75%

First of all, some 15% of the more than 550,000 people moving into the UK are returning British citizens whose movements cannot be affected. Neither can ministers block EU nationals, who make up about a third of all arrivals. The remaining half – around 280,000 – are long-term arrivals from the rest of the world, the cohort whose movements can be influenced by policy changes.

Guardian 2010
BBC : Conservatives missed targets 2015

brexit riddle

True or False : UK Businesses were doing such bad business for decades in Europe that it caused Britain to be in a deep depression and caused insecurity, anxiety & most notably austerity. Architecture in Checkolovakia and Italy was envied by the brits including Amsterdams tramways and Belgium cycleways that we simply could not afford to imagine we were anything but happy on our own turf. You are not allowed to walk on the grass in the UK, yet most dogs have the freedom of movement to crap everywhere...there is now a new meaning to the words doggy bag

Dog owners have to have a license, they now have to be registered and you can be banned for having a nuisance dog that hasn't been trained by the school of Barbara Woodhouse
RSPCA succeeds in implementing a ban on Halal meat.

EU nationals status alongside freedom of movement is not part of any Single market deal

Brexit heralds in a new wave of EU migrant workers keen to sift through Trade negotiations with all 27 EU countries.

It takes 40 years to unravel (...this isn't Canada you know)
Starting with the letter A... 
Thousands of EU financial service jobs move out of London to Europe

The only part of Europe worth visiting was Benidorm
Brits are now banned from Benidorm & Magaluf
Britain battles for her drinking rights so that we can still party hard on the beach 24/7
Britain upholds and follows the European Courts of Justice ban on the Niqab & Burka
Turkey officials are keen to promote peaceful tourism in Washington
Trump & Erdogan get on like a house on fire - both know how to incite a riot

The Armed forces increase year on year by 7,000
Mostly Gurka applications; originally there were only 200 placements
Armed forces housing is featured in Grand designs and not DIY SOS

Trident is sold to the EU & Japan to help fund the Brexit exit pay scale
One sub got stuck on an Island and one missile misfire does not mean were not more likely to blow ourselves up like N Korea
After Afghanistan America and Britain do not have a Heroin epidemic
The Govt halts military exports to Saudi on account of the Yemen humanitarian disaster
Amnesty Int

The UK allows the Chinese army to set up new bases
These new recruits are all plastic soldiers.
They melt under the summer sun and degrade like plastic bags
Until someone had the bright idea of using plastics to re-tarmac roads with
Now who's Environmentally friendly

The RAF is doubled to counter the Russian threat of encroaching into Her Majesty's Airspace
It's now called the RAFRAF
The next Govt secures a UN Mandate that imposes no-fly zones in Syria which allow the security and safety of populations to return
This goes to plan after Trump drowns Assad in a chlorine pool
The US & UK has no trade deal with Mexico until Nas Falton 43! is solved

The Pope plays Pokemon Go in the Vatican
Stephen Fry is accused of blasphemy - this was an Irish April fool joke
All new prisons conform to EU regulated standards
Everyone has freedom of movement - from a cell to many many millions of divisions to become a well rounded happy, sane and competent human being
Unfortunately, open prisons are subject to fines
These are found in homes across the UK; we fined ourselves with rife internet gambling addictions

Gambling ad Jackpotjoy is banned on TV. This sets a precedent.
No more working class actors promoting gambling
Only those with an Eton background end up in top class blockbusters like Jupiter Ascending
All Gambling Adverts are banned from Snooker mostly because of bad Betfred fonts

YouTube establishes a U, PG, 15, 18 and over 25 cinema equivalent home safe ratings.
Those over 40 needn't worry...you are not relevant 'click bait' in this age group
Unless you are on facebook and news feed is ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS
The Independent Internet Regulator body (IIR) set up 10 years ago eradicates up to 78% of all known terrorist & criminal content from the web each month
Any internet hosts content that promotes Islamic extremism is fined $4,000,000
Any crime committed by such promotional material leads to jail terms for CEO's of internet firms
This is top priority for the next Govt
The promotion of Wahabism ends under the Saudi's when Oil runs out & the desert is covered in solar panels

Schools never go without a good dose of budgetary constraints because they are all free schools
Kids learn stuff off the internet anyway, its quicker and easier and no teenager has an excuse that they don't get good grades - it's all 1-9 now. Not A, B or C. 1, 2 & 3 grades are exactly like first, second or third in a race....if you get a 9 you must have failed or you need to re-take your exams.

Michael Gove becomes a head teacher
Iain Duncan Smith volunteers to help out at a Foodbank distribution centre for a year

Free fruit is available to the under-sevens at school - no kiwi fruit or apples.
One is too high in vitamin C and will create allergy's and Apples are too acidic for baby teeth
Jamie Oliver's healthy foods for schools has been 85% rolled out...
unless the lunch snatcher gets voted in

Online bullying by teenagers becomes a criminal offence...thousands of parents are fined.
Teenagers are grounded and pocket money is docked
Knives, machetes & ceremonial swords are banned from sale on the internet
The Met has 25 years to eradicate knife crime (since the 1980's they have learnt lots from the USA)
We can thank the yanks who gave us crack cocaine, Country music and Tasers
(And no-ones ever died as a result of being tasered...)

Facebook is banned to the under 16's
Facebook is fined $122million for misleading EU regulators over the WhatsApp deal
By law, no child under 14 is allowed a mobile phone
All schools have now banned mobile phones
Includes MP's who used to be regularly caught setting a bad example surfing the net and by texting whilst seated in Parliament.

A deregulated banking system is null & void. Competition is restricted
Internet banking is not forced on you by banks willing to cut opening times and then eventually leave the high st in towns & villages

Water Utilities don't compete for pipes
All energy bills are capped
A Universal NHS Insurance scheme has been in place for 15 years and is linked to NI contributions
Corporation Tax is 24% rises to 35% if you have a monopoly
I'm not plucking figures from the thin air you know
Do you think the Govt will allow 61% of Sky to be bought by Murdoch's 21st Century Fox?
By early July you'll know the outcome. Next time you pay your £60 monthly fee to Sky just remember some of it could go to Jerry Hall...rather than to one of the Murdoch's who owned a dodgy newspaper that was accused of hacking phones
Believe in better

BHS buys back shares to pay off Dominic Chappell's mortgage-free home
If you abandon workers Pension money you go to Jail
If you pay £300 million back you lose a Knighthood & one yacht

Wage earners £75,000 to £120,000 are taxed at 37%, at £121,000 to £175,000 it's 45%
Who earns over £176,000?
George Osborne, he juggles half a dozen different jobs. He's no work shy shirker & can afford more £25,000 sheds than David Cameron has hot dinners (but he hasn't got a book deal yet)

Offshore tax havens are now available on Jersey, the Isle of Wight, Gibraltar & The Falkland Islands (which are all off the coast of Scotland)
Any overseas buyers to London need to pay a 17% buyers levy
If negotiated over the web there is a £45,000 minimum property estate handling fee
This aids urban redevelopment for the poor aka kicking out public sector workers

BAH's.. aka Boyfriends and Husbands of Women footballers become the new tabloid tag
No tickets to concerts are for sale on the web.
You go to your local record store, club or buy direct from the band

Trains run on rails and all Trains are double decker, there are no low bridges, there is plenty of overhead baggage space and double the usual area for your suitcase(s)
This has nothing to do with Brexit..its all about passenger legroom
Theresa May would have something to say about that
What about the Labour Leader?
Harriet Harman..the best leader Labour could have had?
Or the one who didn't want to bother sitting on a seat in a Virgin train?

People forget Labour introduced the National Minimum Wage Act
Scrapped Section 28 & introduced Civil Partnerships
Helped to secure the Good Friday Agreement
Secured 30,000 more teachers
Lifted a million pensioners out of poverty
But let's not talk about war...
Let's talk about tuition fees - these have trebled under the Conservatives. The level of loan interest is set to increase to 6% in September
Tories scrapped maintenance grants 
Labour will bring them back
Who wouldn't want free car parking when visiting a Hospital...?
Rail fares are costed using Consumer price index instead of retail price index...rail franchises are fined for overcharging.
Southern Rail is re-nationalised..
The Tory's sell of Rail Track - all hell breaks loose. Rail users accept more misery
But at least we've helped pay part of the Nations debt..for one month

Norway joins Europe and then GAS exports are sold to the EU and not the UK
Rail freight increases to compensate for huge pollutant increase in nitrogen dioxide emissions by HGV's
Thousands of HGV vehicles are taken off Britains motorways
Privatize, Nationalise, Privatise, Nationalise, Privatise, Nationalise - just set this into law every six years so that each govt has something to do to

The Monument
Building cheap housing out of environmentally friendly wood does not make them a fire hazard
Housing near a main road in Britain is at least a quarter of a mile away and not 3 metres.
This is null and void when all vehicles go electric & everyone plugs into CGN nuclear power
The Chinese remember have never stolen secrets from the Americans

Yo-yo politics of ye olde conservative v ye olde labour
Or growth via Co-operation and sustainability

Closing the EU stable door after the Queens horse has bolted...what are the odds  7/4?
Otherwise Prince Charles will rescind his right to the throne and act only as a guide to William..10/1
Please gamble responsibly 

It's not by individualistic choice.
It's all about economics, ergonomics & egomaniacs. Vote to steer the Brit ships to avoid the Brexit Iceberg. Luckily there's plenty of lifeboats, no coal fires burning below deck or cheap Chinese Steel to sink the UK's wealth of businesses pushing the debt-ridden masses overboard condemning them to drown in freezing waters. Don't forget it will always be the Captain's fault.

(There's no global warming now so Icebergs are still current in this optimistic WTO analogy. That's why Trump just signed an executive order to drill in the Arctic. But at least no-one's talking about policies, the EU customs union or...Grammar schools)

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Marcel Duchamp Blind Man 2

DECLARATION of intent. 10th April to 7th May 1917 and onwards

The Indeps laying down of a gauntlet: To the 19th Century Art school ethic of the day as to what Art should strive to be in an age where Cubism & Rousseau's art was held up as a new route against 'convention'. To a more individualistic pursuit rather than one rigid set of artistic school(s) of thought. Hence the 'Supplication' article on page 11 from the ever reserved and non-boastful Eilshemius.
     "Like Mr Mutt many of us had quite an exorbitant notion of the Independence of the Independents. It was a sad surprise to learn of a Board of Censors sitting upon the ambiguous question. What is Art?" P.B.T.

Blind Man 2 : Mina Loy alludes to Alchemy within her "O Marcel... Where the 'salting' woman alludes to the combine of Sulphur (Male) & Mercury (Female) in all great body, spirit & soul analogies. First, you must begin with lesser things to obtain the greater...overthrowing convention. 'Resign by shooting an Englishman first' witty banter
'Anyhow Duchamp meditating the level of all values, witness the elimination of all Sophistication' Third Dimension by Mina Loy

Blindman 1 & 2 must be read to fully appreciate the before & after 

Exhibited at Gallery 291 
The original was never exhibited at the Independents show - the picture (photographed as an Exhibit) was on view for a number of weeks at 291 Gallery.

Photograph Stieglitz 'Fountain by R. Mutt'
Ready-Made (aided)
Another reason the photo - in an aesthetic sense presents multiple perceptions.

A sardonic objective idea? Or an iconography of attributes 
Preview the Tate film (below) re-located in a Liverpool (Loo/bird haha) public toilet for a day. The Fountain (repro) now becomes 'The Toilet of Venus'. (Eu de toilette)  Does it say more about how we are made to fit into our surroundings?
     Change the object into one of a new reverence/relevance! Would you dismiss this as a piece of art now it is not in a 'gallery' space? Should it be displayed outdoors?
     R. Mutt's urinal is not a throwaway object as such, it's a utility. A useful object and like some utilities they can form more than one function. Into a new trans-form-action.

      The Fountain challenges your perceived notions of what a visual art should be in the first place. Should there be a rigid system of guidelines as to what art chooses to be? The artist bears that weight
and entrusts the viewer's comprehension. Even if it is a reproduction. (The very source of human existence in itself)

Dethroned on the eve of the 9th: Le Fountain relief...lain before you 
The 'Fountain' continues to be a confrontational piece. It's a very public statement. A public toilet 'mounted on a pedestal! Vulgar? The artist has chosen it for a totally new purpose. Now disassociated from its original functional level. Like an actor the method of choice was to switch roles wasn't this it's true elevation? It has found a new stage.
      The Fountain is for the public. We all queue up to have a view (point). It showers us. Do we as the audience applaud in time? The part is key & the audience has to play their role too. It's time to view within a new theatre.

The ACT of EXPOSURE :  euphoria in air & water
      The resting 'pissoir' is deadpan. It works as a revolt if you will. (Against a hierarchy in art) An unravelling of pretence.

V U E - a combined narrative of meditations 
      The Fountain has many levels. Erect yet flat on its back. Is it a celebratory fountain or one that alludes to a fountain of youth? Like Dada - in French da-da is 'hobby horse' for child's play. The new Dadaism movement was heralded from Zurich in Feb 1916. In NY these playful machinations were to some extent already in motion. To some, it flings the waste of man back in his face. Yet It eschews violence. A binding implicit meditation.
       The 'original' was conceived bearing the pseudonym of a well crafted, glistening enamelled Iron object. A tactile construct.
        From a side view, it looks like a protective crib, from the front an embryonic feminine uterus form. Where once the urinal's exposure was hidden from view, it is now fully exposed. It's original function now re-interpreted. There are always two Fountains.

Requires one to view his oeuvre in any combination... 


...to the 1 blindman there must be 2 to see the new dawn's light is issue 3 

A manmade object now exposes and espouses the masculine becomes feminine. Feminine becomes masculine. A juxtaposition.

The Third Eye
Was it spontaneous or more of a planned throw of a stick to a wheel? It was never a thoughtless gimmick. It was a gatecrash against the false assertion of the Independent committee themselves.
There was still chance it could have been re-evaluated but the 'gang' of four had taken their cue.
     By know means is it a standard urinal. There were plenty of other urinal designs for the artist to choose. Yet this one reflected something back for its chosen selection. A unisex function toward a duality so inevitable it divides those who look with one eye only and not towards the binocular potential.

old entitlement
'Landing an Heiress'
Can the lady fly?
No. I dived straight in 
Mutt was the tall one originally called...A. Mutt. Both liked a few bets.  'Just call me Jeff' was from a local insane Asylum.  Mutt was not the small one as Duchamp had previously quoted saying.  

RE-SIGN Re-assign Re-sign or re-design: Spelling/spilling it out 
It was an ACT of intent to create the 'readymade'. Without the Act of the artist, it would not materialise. Just as he chose the timing of the comb...

This exhibit espouses duality and becomes. He's moving the pieces like a move on a board...once the move is in motion the task assigned and inscribed.

April 13th: Reply to Duchamp's resignation letter dated 11th April  
Katherine Dreier who voted down the entry wanted Duchamp to re-consider. In her letter, she writes - "As I was saying to Arensberg, I felt it was of much more importance to have you connected with our Society than to have the piece of plumbing which was surreptitiously stolen, remain. (She thinks less of it than the importance of him at this stage & would not have known the Fountain was soon to be Photographed by Stieglitz, hence it's disappearance)
     KD continues "When I voted " No", I voted on the question of originality-I did not see anything pertaining to originality in it; that does not mean that I could not also have seen it. To me, no other question came up; it was simply a question of whether a person has a right to buy a readymade object and show it with their name attached to an exhibition?
   Arensberg tells me that this was in accord with you (sic) "Readymades", and I told him that was a new thought to me as the only "readymades" I saw were groups which were extremely original in their handling. I did not know that you had conceived of single objects."

Duchamp had 'exhibited' two of his readymades in 1916 at the Bourgeois Gallery. 3rd - 9th April 1916 (Hat rack/coat rack) And KD would have been familiar with his readymades within his studio.

To her knowledge, Arensberg let Katherine know that it was Duchamp's idea of the 'classification' of readymades . Yet in her eye, a 'single' object was not sufficient after viewing his group of 'combinations' ie Wheel attached to a stool, metal coat hanger on wood, hat rack - bentwood S shapes attached to a wooden base..
      She alludes then to coming round to the argument - that does not mean that I could not also have seen it - The reveal in the last sentence of knowing that 'you' meaning Duchamp had conceived of the use of single objects as a 'new' state of art authorship.

Katherine Dreier went on to write to another director that Duchamp could give a talk on his art and also for this Richard Mutt to appear...she also pointed out the word Mutt' was too close to the Mutt/Jeff cartoons of the day.

 *There would be no ill will on his part anyway or hers for Duchamp and Dreier were soon to be involved with their own Societe Anonyme Inc named by Man Ray in 1920. An arrangement whereby they extolled modernism through lectures, exhibitions and publications for the next twenty years. Duchamp had his ear to the ground and would always highlight new modernists.

Title : Tu 'm 1918
(spell it backwards to Mut)
Wheel, corkscrew, hatrack, bottle brush, infinity, 3 standard stoppages, Mut(t), shovel, hand, cut, pins He paints Tu 'm  (short for tummy) meaning Belly/bore you. For K. Dreier's library. Notice the coloured (chemical element) squares the first four colours also appear in 'Apolinere Enameled' and in 'Pharmacie'. Pale violet is the colour for Iron...a periodic table of colours. The shadow corkscrew is from a CT Williamson seal lifter/wire breaker. Possibly the functioning candidate of 'Emergency in need of Twice' readymade item mentioned in a correspondence to his sister in 1916.

Calling a Ready made a Ready made: In one Eyes view leads the sun by the light of heavy to a mirror beyond the sea illuminates a merriment pool of glistening joy. Basically, on a quantum level its interaction by association whilst checking out the frequency of gravity waves. Move over Supernova, Black holes...can explode too.  
A Single Readymade object was around as such in 1913. The Bottle rack...lost in Paris and not in his NY apartment studio. Duchamp had viewed this Bottle/rack as being an already finished sculpture.  (see below letter to Suzanne Duchamp)

MANU-FRACTURED: In advance of the broken arm. Like a Spade handle door. Outplay your opponents & you deserve to win the great swindle
Duchamp at the time was working on his Great glass and after purchasing the snow shovel 'In advance of a broken arm' (something akin to a chess game - his hat rack would be called Trap' another sign of a chess move) he re-evaluated his earlier pieces back in France.

Pharmacie 1914
Mercury & Sulphur: Check the Pharmacy to see what ails you
Duchamp added two small gouache figures between the trees...these to me are denoting Red for Mercury (also used in paints) & Yellow for Sulphur. (S atomic number 16) Not to go unnoticed with the 'S' shaped hat rack. Are these two distant figures walking away, towards us or towards each other? Distant yet near. Is he denoting his sister and himself as the red figure...? (Mercury is also the Roman God of science & commerce..who he alludes to in his Roulette bond)

A favourable corkscrew mind
*Letter to his sister Suzanne dated 15th January 1916* A gifted painter she had exhibited in Paris at the Salon and was to become a well-known Dada painter in her own right.

Emergency in need of twice: A pair of scissors or the corkscrew?
"Now, when you went upstairs, you saw the bicycle wheel and a bottle rack in my studio. I bought that as an already finished sculpture. And I have an idea about the bottle rack: listen.
   Here in New York I have bought some objects similar in style and called them 'readymade', you know enough English to understand the meaning of 'already finished' that I have assigned to these subjects- I sign them and put an inscription on them in English. I'll give you a few examples; I bought a big snow shovel upon which I wrote 'In advance of the broken arm'...Don't try too hard to understand this in a romantic or impressionistic or cubistic way - it doesn't have anything to do with that; another 'readymade' is called 'emergency in favour of twice' ...This whole preamble is for one reason: Go get the bottle rack. I am making it into a readymade from afar. On the inside of the bottom ring, you will write the inscription  I will give you at the end here, using small letters and painting them on with a brush and silver-white paint, and in the same lettering you are to sign it as follows:
"Marcel Duchamp"

Readymade Sculpture acquired... 
The inscription was missing from the next page of the letter, however, he assigned his sister Suzanne to attribute the 'sculpture'. Yet this was never retrieved - and maybe after six months an inevitable clear out had occurred. It meant more to him for her to sign it. To affix an added attribute to the object. Until this was completed in her own hand the (female) inscription would induce further meaning into the work thus becoming an assisted readymade. (The inscription & signature was key even if it was not by his own hand until then it remained a 'finished sculpture')

Happy Birthday

Hanging Scripture in a sculpture
He would later gift her a Bottle rack for her Birthday in 1921 (original readymade aided sculpture signed by Duchamp lovingly in red)

The second Letter dated April 11th 1917. One day after the public opening of the Independents exhibition. Don't take it as face value..he's co-ordinating it.  
... this letter his story as chief instigator/writer of the 'readymade' wasn't published until 1982 via the American Archives translation by Francis M Naumann. (This ensures the sculpture as a 'readymade' is born into fruition)

"One of my female friends under a masculine pseudonym, Richard Mutt, sent in a porcelain urinal as a sculpture; it was not at all indecent-no reason for refusing it. The committee has decided to refuse to show this thing. I have handed in my resignation and it will be a bit of gossip of some value in New York"

"Raconte ce detail a la famille:Les Inndependents sont ouverts ici avec gros succes. Une de mes amies sous un pseudonyme masculin, Richard Mutt, avait envoye une pissotiere en porcelaine comme sculpture; ce n'etait pas du tout indecent aucune raison pour la refuser. Le comite a decide de refuser d'exposer cette chose. J'ai donne ma demission et c'est un potin aura sa valeur dans New York"

Holding up a reflected mirror
A little white lie Duchamp played out to his sister - an act to keep the 'story' of R.Mutt going and to keep his identity hidden. His signature of R.Mutt appropriates it to him. He is also serving a polite notice that the fictional 'female' friend would not want to be associated with such a thing. Louise Norton handed it over ( a well-respected translator) and Charles Demuth named her as 'Mutte' (Mother) to a reporter. Giving a clue to her part at a time when the US & Germany were at war.

      A twist on a once earlier letter where he'd assigned Suzanne Duchamp to sign his bottle rack.
He plays with gender roles which would be more fully revealed in his Rrose Selavy depiction.
He and his group of artist friends will defend the 'choice' of the submission entry in The Blindman 2. Only the instigator(s) would resign...Duchamp & Arensberg.

Another Ironwork enamelled: Early Pop Art. Metaphor of the 'Pharmacy' marriage bed

Ere  : early times
ed : of equal meaning
Ready made found: exposing a hidden a strategy.  
Duchamp's love of controlled chance links his 'found/bought' readymades as does this piece including the colouring of the enamel bars. Red for Mercury, Yellow for Sulphur, Pale Violet for Iron. The middle bar is left white, as a sign of..? The Enamel would feature soon within the urinal too. Many bathroom features of the time were enamelled like bathtubs of the day. (Hence in the name JL Mott Ironworks)

Turning an art wheel set in motion via (latent) DADA lubrication
Movement: The bicycle wheel This functioning Pedastool at once gives movement and stillness at the same time. Capturing like a camera a split moment in time. What else can move yet stay still, a chess piece?
PAWNS can move two squares and also once (holds two moves 2+1= three) You can also perform a false move to outwit your opponent
White : The Snow shovel was his first ready-made on American soil. What better way to create a narrative that helps to clear a path..toward a new future? Or a new bride?  It's not a shovel like one for shovelling coal or for digging a hole. It's clearing a path..much like a chess piece. Yet it has to be a snow shovel on account of its dual function via snows transformational qualities. And not only because in New York he would experience the East coast winters.

H2O : Water's Air - Belle Haliene (meaning beautiful air)

Movement/Time: Bicycle Wheel
Winter: Shovel
Spring: Fountain
Summer: Wine Bottle Rack (Red or white?)
Autumn: Hat/coat rack
Air: Paris...

50cc Paris Air
Arensberg..kept this Air as a gift. Yet somehow never bought or held onto some of the Ready-mades by Duchamp

Two R's in Rrose (Selavy-pronounced c'est la vie)
Two O's in Look (LHOQ : LHOOQ)  
Two T's in Mutt (RMuTT) + Mutte/mute Mother)
Two O's in Mona (Both Mona - meaning ONE. Count one & one in LHOQ)
Two M's Tu 'm (You bore me - by birth)

R.O.T.O.M/M.O.T.O.R - MOTOR  of the comet head  
See the Jura-Paris Road experience of night time driving & 'the headlight child' in 1912 where the headlights were described akin to a comet  

Rrose looks on poverty with hope/desire re birth
Bore of Desire & poverty? See beautiful breath of water (Selavy's eau de toilette)
TWO MOTHER'S BORE Marcel Duchamp & Rrose Selavy 
Tu'm Mona R_M_utt (eut ete) Ready Made LHOQ Rrose
Tu 'm MM 2,000

'Bellemere': Beautiful Mother - Look at Mona 


TOTOR nickname of M.D: He's a Ready made    

Mind mapping
Consider our connection to objects. Are these always consistent or unique? Year on year? How much time, how much history must pass before the human investment demands its very upkeep? If you follow your own interpretation you can embellish an object with a collective re-interpretation as well as through memory.Hence Duchamp fascination with veneration of relics and traces of the holy...

1968: Year of resolutions - painting makes him happy & not 'happenings'
At 21:50mins Duchamp mentions the ready-mades in some way have encapsulated his ideas toward the Great Glass. They belong to a 'group'. They each fitted a purpose a synergy within.  Originally there were to be eight bachelors which mirror the number of chess board 8 x 8. Then the number 9 became relevant to him and another was added.

The Great Glass : Philadelphia Museum of Art
- it exists within its own plane. In a space and time of not only the present but of the past too. As 'we' the future look upon the elements they play out their order yet remain static. Paused. As if Lifes passions and plays remain in limbo. A climactic scene unfolds...

Another eight-pronged bottle rack for his 2nd Wife Teeny. Looking down and up through the circular 'rings' it creates a simple shute that visually connect to his bicycle wheel and to his later 'optic' wheel film works filmed with Man Ray. Way ahead of its time before 'Video art'.

Hanging Grapes
Fruits of the vine ready-made for another occasion

Which side of the fence do you sit? 'Tulip Hysteria Co-ordinating'?

Revel in you - fall in line with the 20th century came up with a new perspective 
And like Alice through the looking glass, we see things not as they really are - but as we perceive them to be. Imbued with imagination, ideas exist & throughout life, artists participate in revealing the dream.

Marcel Duchamp Fountain It's history & aesthetics in the context of 1917 William Camfield
Taschen book on Duchamp
Blindman No.2

Nowadays plenty of artists use Connect four, Mousetrap, Operation (Damien Hirst), Twister, Bingo, Solitaire, Snooker, Ping Pong, Football and Poker as useful gaming guides whilst seeking inspiration. Just try not to be dictated to by million dollar market forces. (Unless you are Jeff Koons or a keen forger)

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Monday, 1 May 2017

The next Rembrandt

The Next Rembrandt.

Using facial recognition technology and blended pigments to create a printed fake painting.
With so many portraits of the man himself to analyse...there is a hint of self-portraiture
in the end product.

Tom Cruise MI6

Christopher McQuarrie Filming MI:VI full throttle again...

Isla's back


Tom Cruise in hot pursuit on a BMW R Nine T Scrambler...without side mirrors

Bank Holiday

Bank Holiday comes six times a year...seven if Corbyn adds St George or maybe
Theresa May will do the deed. Cheers! (Obviously, the EU would never allow it)