Entity is the first in a new series of work from artists Tom Musgrove and Simon Bray as DOUBLEBLIND. Based upon the collaboration established within the journeys and creative process of their project 'The Edges Of These Isles', both artists have created a new piece of work, this time in response to a piece of music, titled, 'Entity', composed by American musicians Mark T. Smith and Matthew Cooper as part of their project, Inventions.
Entity by Tom Musgrove - Painting 45cm x 35cm - Handmade Oil on Canvas
“I began with the title, ‘Entity’ and what that word means to me - a thing complete and of itself - I felt it as a person, the human aspect of being. It makes me think of the boundaries of a person, like a shell, the surrounding borderline. I very easily relate it to the word, ‘Vessel’ which is a carrier of things. Being a human vessel, the carrier of a life, a history and a future, on a path."
"My painting is of this Vessel, made of wood and made to carry, transport. I seldom paint actual bodies in my work, though what is there, what is painted is very much related to our bodies and this boat-like wooden form in it’s own landscape is representative of a life, a consciousness existing."
"The voices heard in the piece of music help confirm this for me and they hold a great sensitivity which I wanted to express through the form. Leaf-like and fragile in shape and from a living thing (wood) that has been conceived and built into a vessel in order that it may carry something, and this carrying/transporting expresses time. These are the ideas and hopes for my response.”
'Entity' by Simon Bray - Video Piece
"I begun by spending time with the music away from any visual stimulus. I began to note down the sounds and movements within the music and started to consider how I might be able to form a response to using them to craft visual ideas. I was drawn to using video in order to reflect the narrative of the music, although being a medium that I'd not worked with before, it required plenty of experimentation in order to adequately represent the visual ideas I had in my mind."
"I spent a week in the Newlands Valley, Lake District, exploring the peaks and valleys in order to capture both the beauty of the area, but also it's almost threatening atmosphere and industrial past within the piece. There are many conflicting elements within this geographical area, it's new status as a World Heritage Site, lauded by many, but something that will undoubtedly bring more tourists to the region, good for business, but what about the landscape? Already an area scarred by the impact of man, the removal of trees for grazing pasture, the many mining areas opening up chasms within the mountains, it is not an untouched serene beauty spot as many postcards would have you believe, and many walkers still fall prey to victim to the unforgiving combined forces of the mountains and inclement weather. These are elements I wanted to portray in my piece, not totally removed from the picturesque drama of the scenery, but an acknowledgement that this landscape is a formidable and constructed place."
Upcoming Exhibition: THE EDGES OF THESE ISLES - Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal - 10th November 2017 - 8th January, 2018
Artist Talk: Kendal Mountain Festival - Brewery Arts - Friday 17th Nov - 9pm - Find out more here.
Simon has recently self published a book containing black&white photographic work, titled 'The English Lake District' - Find out more here.
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