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Residency sculpture by Danny May at the Machynlleth Centre for Alternative Technology

R&D 11 | Newfangled Spanner

Newfangled Spanner

This artwork considers the experience of an ordinary person. This person is imagined here through the contents of a garden shed. The stuff within attempts to make sense of the world through simple drawings and toy-like assemblages. These hobby ‘projects’ enable him to better cope with and relate to the modern world we live in.

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This project is funded by a ‘Research and Development’ grant from the Arts Council of Wales. This support has enabled me to be more experimental in my working method. The project has been documented through this series of Blog posts. And has culminated in a short exhibition at CAT, created in collaboration with Ben Lloyd.

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My aim with this project has been to try out new methods of making and presenting my work. I have focused on a method that encourages the medium of play, colour, adaption and versatility of presentation.

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My main inspiration for this projects theme has come from living so close to the Centre for Alternative Technology.  The centre has established within our community an atmosphere focused on engineering as well as environmentalism.

CAT’s short courses such as How to build a wind powered turbine, include learning the practical skills needed to carve wooden turbine blades. To me this blade-shaping science could also be thought of as a method to visualise the wind in a three dimensional form.

With this in mind I began then to imagine technology as being essentially just captured moments of natural forces.

To imagine technology so literally is useful on some occasions. Such as with wind-turbine blades, or in comparing electrical flow to the flow of a river. Yet mostly the analogy fails to represent whatsoever the complexities of either science or nature.

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Like most people I am bewildered by present day technology. Ultimately I have come to the conclusion that even basic knowledge cannot be rationalised and is unobtainable to me.

I think that Art, through abstract metaphor can help to express the inexplicable. And therefore contributes towards a language for better discussing the stuff of the Universe.

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I think of my abstract artwork to be not unlike a landscape painters attempts to capture the beauty of a landscape. Each is about how we see things and serves no practical purpose beyond expressing a human fascination with something.

Yet science, as with art relates to beauty as being an undefinable constant. it is an idea only. Beauty as in relativity theory, or as in what is beautiful, momentarily exists perhaps only in the eye of the beholder.

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This blog-post forms a part of an Arts council funded ‘Research and Development’ project.

The artists involved are Daniel May, working in collaboration with the Ben Lloyd

This project is sponsored by The Arts Council of Wales

R&D 10 | Play 2

Each construction was based on play with a loose direction, then the installation was photographed and dismantled and we started again from scratch.
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The whole process took part in this shed purpose built by Danny and installed in the grounds of the Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth.

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The last installation, below, was based on constructivist ideas of space and time.

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In my next post I will be reflecting on these days of collaboration and the R & D project on the whole

 

 

 

 

 


 

This blog-post forms a part of an Arts council funded ‘Research and Development’ project.

The artists involved are Daniel May, working in collaboration with the Ben Lloyd

 

This project is sponsored by The Arts Council of Wales