"Drawing is a way of seeing into your own nature. Nothing more". Richard Serra 1977.
Timeline is a special event, a marker in my career as an artist. My 60th year. Time to reflect on how my ideas have developed over a lifetime. Initially this exhibition was going to be a retrospective, but I have decided to create a new work; an Installation rather than an exhibition of past work. However the connections go right back to a piece I made in the 1980's called "Time/Rhythm/Light". In this work I created a drawing using light and movement which was conditioned by a predetermined rhythm. Subsequent works have had similar themes. Abstraction, movement, construction systems, layering and performance/choreography. Drawing has always been the most important feature of my art. It is real, vibrant and alive, not just a system for depicting reality. Most of my art works have been objects: prints, paintings and sculptures. I have focused on materials, process and actions. The creative process is as important and the outcomes. I still use systems to work within or to explore the boundaries of, thus challenging my preconceptions. In this new work I will explore movement, sound and drawing. I will also create a meditative, interactive environment. At the beginning I had a clear vision about how the work would be. Gradually, my ideas have evolved. The movement element has become the line, a moving point. Vertical lines are more abstract (horizontal lines are possible horizon lines). An invented system will control how materials are used. The layering will be physical, sound and time based. A new collaborative drawing will be made as part of the installation.
The images below chart the progress of my ideas and drawings in preparation for Timeline.