formless – Dubuffet and hylography

Last year Paul Noble and I explored his remarkable world of Nobson New Town [Link]. Our conversation became [In Parenthesis] a kind of inventory or dictionary of topics in the way that form emerges in Paul’s drawing [Link] Here’s one of my initial reactions [Link]: In Nobson, buildings and structures give form to letters; things…

history’s ruin – the case of an automobile

This is one of a series of comments on the 8th biennial symposium “Connoisseurship and the Collectible Car” held at the Revs Institute for Automotive Research in Naples, Florida in March 2015. [Link] I’m in a workshop at the Revs Institute in Naples Florida, home of Miles Collier’s remarkable collection of cars and all things…

George Shaws paintings

Mike (Pearson) and I are planning a new edition of our book “Theatre/Archaeology” – now 15 years old. A key topic – the documentation, description, inscription of place/event – recognizing that places are always in motion, made what they are by virtue of our engagement, happening, perception, actions performed. Mike mentioned the work of George…

Helen Shanks – an archaeological sensibility

Helen has just launched her web site – http://helenshanks.com Ceramics connecting quiddities, material engagement, deep history, hylography, the skeuomorph – the life of things – see some recent comments – [Link] [Link]

the skeuomorph

More reflections upon the ceramic works of Helen (Shanks). ([Link] to hylography) The skeuomorph – a form that involves the transformation and redeployment of a design feature or quality from one material or medium into another. This is a common, ubiquitous feature of design, though little discussed until quite recently. Apple received significant attention in…