The project uses the rays of the Sun and the interplay between star and the Earth to fire marks onto indigenous clay. Using a home-made camera, consisting of a lens and support for the clay plate mounted on a tripod, I focus the Sun's disc onto dried London clay. The exposure
takes about 3-4 hours and records cloud obscuration giving intermittent traces. The plate below was taken over 7 days during the heatwave of the recent summer.
I wish to refine and enhance the process I have developed to allow me exploration of, as far as I am aware, a new form of photographic art. This year’s experiments have confirmed what I dreamed of - that silhouettes of real objects, such as trees and buildings, can be fired onto the clay plates. The resulting work will be on show at Lumen Crypt Gallery and the process performed at the British Ceramic Biennal in Stoke later in the new year.
I'm currently experimenting with a project called Bike Bolex.The idea came to me as I reaslised that If the film transport
mecahnism was directly from the bike wheel, time could be warped or dilated. So the camera is bike-cranked as
opposed to hand-cranked as per camera form the silent movies era. When pedelling the bike I try and slow down
and speed up so on watching the film it looks as though you are travelling at a constant speed while everything else;
people walking by, cars etc, gi into slow motion and then speed up. I shot the test film with help from James Holcombe
who, on getting back to the house he, to my amaxement, developed the B&W 100ft reel in caffeinol, a developer made
from coffee and a few other edible products. It works perfectly and the negative was rich in grain and contrast. He
explained that there is a whole movement in film making where they don't want to flush chemicals down the drain. During
the filming the mechanism broke and the bike gears gave up but now it's all fixed and ready for a second filming, complete
with a the addition of a governor linked to the lens aperture to maintain a even exposure.
Last September I showedLet's Bounce at Sketch as part of the residency by Kinetica Museum. Below is the video of
the exhibtion. It was a little show in the main entrance of the club. Sketch has a few permanent kinetic artworks on show
by the stairs and is a friendly place where you can just wander in and have alook at the art.
My new work is called Shadow Disc. It is a slow moving meditave scuplture 42x 42 x 15cm. I showed it with my
other works Entanglement and Mesh in Kinetica's 10th year anniversary last February at the Ugly Duck in Bermondsey.
Text from the catalogue:
Shadow Disc is a new and still ongoing work. The disc measures 37 cm across and is a ground glass screen with patterns of light projected by light passing through two cut out discs, so completely analogue.They pattern and movement appear to draw one in and mesmerise inducing a mediative and contemplative state. As if like a window into another world where the world is somehow futuristic, maybe due to the monochromatic nature of the light. ‘While exploring this new experimental artwork I kept thinking of Alexander Korda’s 1930 classic science fiction epic film Things to Come. They became a mysterious architecture in light and shadow’
Tom Wilkinson’s kinetic sculptures examine the illusion that the world consists of solid bodies when in reality the energy fields that make for stability in the physical world and make interaction possible, evade human perception. ‘We live in a world of illusion, as we look beyond the veil, the chair you are sitting on is not really a solid object. Only a infinitesimally tiny part of it is actually stuff, it’s really nothingness and in fact isn't it truer to describe the object as a chair-shaped force-field’.
Entanglement, a new work, takes this illusionary sate of things further playing with the notion that, as the quantum physicists tell us, paired photons are in a state of entanglement, even when at opposite ends of the universe.
Entanglement uses the optical illusion - persistence of vision (in it's true sense), the two 'doughnuts' appear
One motorised version was shown at the Osmosis Project's exhibition Eureka in The Art Pavillion, Mile End,
and a hand operated one was shown in Gravity at the Hospital Club with Kinetica Museum. Both wonderful,
but very different, science/art exhibitons which have just closed. These ran almost concurrently which was
very exciting to be in both, but at times did entangle my brain. This artwork will be an addition of ten
Light Sphere I at Winter Lights Canary Wharf
Winter Lights is a festival showing new media light artworks by 18 international artists January 22nd 2016
Light Sphere I is a new artwork - basically a larger version of Green Ray but capable of full spectrum colours changes and pattern. It was commissioned by Canary Wharf Public Arts and presented many challenges, particularly making a fast spinning object that the public can feel comfortable close up to. It also inevitably needed to be totally waterproof and winds resistant. The electronics were engineered by Adrian Godwin and we continue in the collaboration to develop programmimg new colour and pattern. This artwork is available to tour light shows and festivals for further information please email. Watch this space for a video of Light Sphere I.
Winter Lights Canary Wharf - and click here for the brochure
First exhibited in an event at the Evening Standard 1000 people event at Canary Wharf in October 2015 and Eureka, a science art show in Mile End with Adrain Pritchard's wonderful Osmosis Project.
First conception of of Light Sphere I
Lights of Soho a new gallery/club has opened in Brewer St Soho with a number of wonderful light artworks, some cobbled together from sexshop neon. I showedLet's Bounce with the Kinetica Museum group. It's a fantastic original shop space ( once a sexshop) all opened up with a basement, also full of art and sofas, that used to be a knocking shop. It has a bar with very nice staff who must have been good at keeping the tipsy away from the delicate light artworks, as there were no breakages!
City Lights closed July 19th 2015
THE MEDITATING BRAIN
Installed, last November at the Royal Free Hospital. It's a called The Meditating Brain and is a first for me in many ways; I've never used the medium of stained glass before and, unlike most of my things, it doesn't move.
The artwork hangs in the spacious reception in Radiology on the ground floor. The image is taken from an actual MRI scan of a person in a state of deep meditation. The scan, a perfusion MRI, was made by the radiology team at Hospital in their free time and I am immensely grateful to them for their support during the project.
The person who underwent the scan is a female member of the radiology department therefore familiar with the machine's noises and claustraphobicness, this was essential to feeling relaxed sufficiently to attain the state of deep meditation.
The scan showed a reduced blood flow in the parietal lobe, which is the lower right hand side of the scan. This is the area of the brain responsible for giving us a sense of orientation in space and time. My hope and intention was that the artwork would have a calming influence on those waiting in the reception. The artwork can be seen in Radiology Reception on the ground floor. It was made at Kingsgate Workshops under the technical supervision of Beverly Bryon of Prism Glass Design. The Meditating Brain is dedicated to my good friend Mark Wickham, sadly no longer with us. He was a very fine stained glass artist and an the original inspiration for the artwork.
Aurora is a wind sculpture which I've been working on for 4 years, this is after making a series of experimental versions, usually tested on my chimney. The idea with this artwork is capturing the wind and transmogrifying it into light and colour. Aurora generates it's own lighting, but only when it turns, and shanges colour with the wind speed.This shows the wind & light sculpture called Aurora I. It was installed for the one day event with Kinetica Museum. Aurora is currently on trials, mounted on a long pole in my garden, to see if it works before going on said pole on the Hothouse in Hackney.
The owners of The MS Stubnitz, Blo and Heiko kindly allowed Aurora I to stay on board the magnificent ship for tests, while moored at Canary Wharf with the Kinetica Museum show. During this week of high winds (some gusting at 55mph) the sculpture has been thoroughly put though its paces.