Exploded Planes

Exploded Plane (747), 2015

You may find quite a few images of 'exploded planes' on here. I think it has been an obsessive fascination of mine for a long time. But that is hardly surprising when you consider that two of the most significant news events in my lifetime have involved dramatic crashes. I refer to Lockerbie in 1988 and 9/11 in 2001. What links them and keeps them ever present in my mind is the enormous injustice attached to these tragedies. Whatever picture you may have formed of the causes and background to them there is absolutely no denying that there has been great obfuscation on the part of the authorities. Which can only lead to the conclusion that there are things to hide.

Lockerbie was on my doorstep as a young art student in Dundee and with a family home in Glasgow. I recall a journalist friend, Sandy Bell, coming back and telling us over Christmas of his horrendous experience at the site.

9/11 found me at home in London. I had been a frequent visitor to New York as part of 1990s art scene. I think this is the inspiration for my tendency to deform and shatter architectural 3D models. Downloaded free building models are imported and broken up into abstracted fragments which provide and endless source of fascination in the way the individual parts fall, catch the light and create gorgeous shadows. There has been much made of certain artists' (Hirst and Stockhausen) reaction to the event but I think they merely state what we all must feel; the spectacle is unprecedented and darkly aesthetic. It is artists who dare to say what we all secretly feel and there is no point in punishing them for it.

I am interested in another type of 'exploded plane', namely the broken symmetry of the 2D surface. It is just a little pun, not really intended.

The Falköping Bench

The Falköping Bench, 2011

This park bench in the small Swedish town Falköping is like a work of public art just because the seat is missing. It would perfectly belong in any British Sculpture exhibition in the early 70s. There is an optical-illusory quality to the frame when viewed from particular angles. It is now art because I say it is (just kidding)!

The Quintessence of Dust

Quintessence of Dust, 2014

 

Glasgow street art can be very intriguing and slightly odd. This artist recurs in various locations always featuring the pixellated head and enigmatic phrases.

"What piece of work is a man. How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving
 how express and admirable, in action how like an Angel,
 in apprehension how like a god, the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals – and yet to me, what is
 this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me –
 nor Woman neither, though by your smiling you seem
 to say so.” (Hamlet, Act II Scene ii)

There is a melancholic aspect to the design and the quote, taken out of context, has a wonderfully confusing aspect.

Chinese Panda Stencil

Chinese Panda, 2013

A very bold stencil of a panda which I thought was applied by a highly skilled Chinese artist appeared one day in a Glasgow back street. It turns out to be the work of the celebrated local artist Klingatron. I love the scale and technique, large areas of even colour with incredible detail are layered with the top coat in white which is risky since it would need to block out lots of dark grey below. It's an ambitious job which leaves me wondering how the stencils were created and held in place.

Discover Glasgow

#mixeverything

I love this poster from the Gunnersbury area in London. It really messes with my head but I guess it helps if you are old enough to know who  the pictures represent. I suppose it is also necessary to know the ridiculous new artists named in the text. The whole thing then becomes a value comparison for the generations. Which is worse, text or image? 

Lennon and Streisand obviously don't fit because of their huge artistic integrity!

Scottish Gallery of Modern Art

I am almost convinced this isn't art but it sure does look like it, especially as it is in the corridor of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. We were standing looking at a large Sol Le Witt drawing on the opposite wall when we noticed this. I just wonder what was going on at the top of the ladder? Name the artist who could have created this little installation.