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Make 100 works which seek to draw out the underlying networks beneath meetings of colour in wet paint.
Make 100 works which seek to draw out the underlying networks beneath meetings of colour in wet paint.
Make 100 works which seek to draw out the underlying networks beneath meetings of colour in wet paint.
30 backers pledged £2,234 to help bring this project to life.

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Let me see your geometry is a series of works I started way back in 2011, building it into a significant series of twenty pieces for my solo exhibition Across islands, divides curated by Laurence Sillars at Baltic39 in late 2015. It's a work which still feels exciting to me and like some of my other series such as The cartographies of travelling without moving (flight) as the collection grows in size one can begin to notice certain repeated motifs, the charting of fleeting moments. 

The cartographies of travelling without moving (detail)
The cartographies of travelling without moving (detail)

Each piece is complete in its own right but it also exists as part of this collective, dense and intriguing as the patterns increase. I want to create more of these works, a substantial collection, to see where the repetition of action might lead and what it might display. If you're interested to hear more of what drives my practice check the video below or read this text. There's also more information on the Broken telephone project which makes up some of the rewards here.

At the moment I alternate between my own work and assisting other artists as a technical consultant on specific projects; Naho Matsuda's every thing every time for a recent example. This year I'm wanting to shift that balance more towards my own studio practice and this project if successful will enable that transition. The funding goal has been set low as even that amount will provide me with a good chunk of time in the studio and any additional rewards pledged just add to that momentum. The money raised will of course buy materials for the work to be completed but most vitally will allow me to commit 100% to the studio, the practice and the work. 

Let me see your geometry #1 Kickstarter Edition
Let me see your geometry #1 Kickstarter Edition

 

Let me see your geometry #2 Kickstarter Edition
Let me see your geometry #2 Kickstarter Edition

 

Broken telephone vinyl records
Broken telephone vinyl records

 

Details: 

I work with graph paper as I'm interested in the works using the aesthetic language of charting and recording. It's delicate and responds to both the moisture in the paint and the repetitive graphite marks applied to it, so the works may not be perfectly flat - this is to be expected and in a way desired as each piece is speaking about interactions and how every meeting alters something. 

Lascaux acrylics are well renowned as exceptional paints which are densely pigmented and hold their colour. This means your work will stay bright and crisp for a long time, even longer once behind glass.

Conservation framing is not for everyone, it costs, but using high quality materials and maintaining a high level of craft in all aspects of construction gives your unique work exemplary protection. Oak is a beautiful but also sustainable timber and non reflective glass means you'll actually be able to see the work as though it were in the open air. I've been framing my own works for the last 10 years or so and am well known for being a perfectionist, so your money will be well spent. Below is an example of a work of mine I've just finished framing for a client. 

Framing
Framing

 

Framing detail
Framing detail

A note on shipping. The charges might appear exorbitant, especially for the framed works, but they do weigh a fair bit (A3 is over 2kgs) and please know that I've quoted this on a few different reputable sites (Post Office, UPS, FedEx etc) for a tracked service. When you include ordering small quantities of proper wrapping materials that will actually do the intended job of the work arriving undamaged it adds up.

Any questions about the project please ask, I'll do my best to respond promptly. However, please bear in mind that I'm only one person if the reply isn't instant.

Many thanks to Sarah Bouttell of DoubleBee Projects for filming and editing the video and to nwavi for providing the music.

Risks and challenges

The main risks in this project are time management, materials issues and my own wellbeing as I'll be the one making the work/frames.

I have good time management skills when it comes to projects. I've worked on over two hundred exhibitions, installs, works and all have been delivered by the deadline. Admittedly some of these are with a full team, but I'm a realist and have planned times accordingly hence delivery dates being a good way off. I do not perceive there to be any issue which can not be overcome but as a backer of many kickstarter projects I find transparency to be of vital importance in communications and will be strict on that point in this, my first campaign. If I hit a hiccup you will be the first to know about it and I will give full details of what's happening.

On materials issues I already have all the graph paper I need to complete the project as I'm a hoarder and the paper I like to use is not produced anymore, so when I find any left online, eBay etc I buy the lot. Currently I have two thousand sheets of A4 and one thousand of A3 so we're okay there. Framing materials can be got from a lot of different suppliers. I have a specific moulding for the frame in mind but if that changes due to supply issues their end I'll give people available alternatives and go with that.

Lastly, my wellbeing will immediately be greatly improved by getting in the studio more! On a more serious note though the higher percentage of costs within this project are to allow for time to make the work. If I suffer an injury which means I can not do that and hit the deadline, you will be informed, presented with a new timeline (as I have every desire and intention to do this, even if it's after a period of healing) and will then be able to chose between waiting for your reward or being refunded a decent percentage of your pledge (I estimate 65% to 90%). I can't guarantee a complete refund as kickstarter fees will have already been taken and potentially some material costs too.

Hope that answers any queries, if you think I've missed something by all means let me know.

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    Pledge £2 or more About $2.63

    ShoutOut

    Your name as a backer on the project page in my website and a mention on twitter. Think of this reward like buying me a coffee - it's friendly and helps the budget.

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    Postcard + Digital album

    An A6 postcard of one the works produced during this project plus a digital download of the Broken telephone project, made for my last solo show, featuring Laura Cannell, Rhodri Davies, Mark Fell and myself. A sonic journey investigating memory and transference.
    This reward is like the coffee but with a slice of cake to take home too.

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    Vinyl album + download & postcard

    4 x 12" vinyl set of the Broken telephone project, made for my last solo show: Across islands, divides. 16 tracks by Laura Cannell, Rhodri Davies, Mark Fell and myself. A sonic journey investigating transference and memory. The set is pressed on 180gram vinyl, each record in a hand pulled sleeve by Master Printer Lee Turner from Hole Editions, Newcastle and featuring an essay by Iris Aspinall Priest. A6 postcard, digital download and shout out included.
    This reward is a commitment to experience and music.

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    Unique A4 piece

    A one off work from the series, produced specifically for you, with Lascaux acrylics on Chartwell graph paper. Wrapped carefully and mailed in secure cardboard package with tracked delivery. Previous digital rewards included.
    The real deal reward, making this project a reality and supporting the practice. A marker to all that art, inquiry and poetry are central to your world.

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    Unique A3 piece

    A larger one off work from the series, produced specifically for you, with Lascaux acrylics on Chartwell graph paper. Wrapped carefully and mailed in secure cardboard package with tracked delivery. Previous digital rewards included.
    The real deal reward, making this project a reality and supporting the practice. A marker to all that art, inquiry and poetry are central to your world.

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    Unique A4 piece (framed)

    A one off work from the series, produced specifically for you, with Lascaux acrylics on Chartwell graph paper. Framed in oak with non-reflective glass and split battens for hanging. Wrapped carefully and mailed in secure cardboard package with tracked delivery. Postcard and previous digital rewards included.
    A reward for prosterity, making this project a reality and supporting the practice. A marker to all that art, inquiry and poetry are central to your world. You also show excellent aesthetic choice in your framing decisions.

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    Pledge £275 or more About $362

    Unique A3 piece (framed)

    A larger one off work from the series, produced specifically for you, with Lascaux acrylics on Chartwell graph paper. Framed in oak with non-reflective glass and split battens for hanging. Wrapped carefully and mailed in secure cardboard package with tracked delivery. Postcard and previous digital rewards included.
    A reward for prosterity, making this project a reality and supporting the practice. A marker to all that art, inquiry and poetry are central to your world. You also show excellent aesthetic choice in your framing decisions.

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    • A6 Postcard
    • Broken telephone album download
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    Studio day

    Come and join me in my Newcastle studio for a day of art, food and music. Be presented with a framed A4 or A3 piece from the series, explore the area, other studios nearby, eat at The Cookhouse or Rileys Fish Bar and if the weather is good enjoy a journey out to the coast. Date to be mutually agreed. Accommodation and travel not included.
    This is the reward for those who want to have an in depth experience of the practice and the context it exists within.

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    • Unique A4/A3 piece framed
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