Month: May 2016

Dan Flavin – It is what it is and it ain’t nothing else


Finding myself in Birmingham, I decided to check out a show by American artist Dan Flavin (1933-1996) at the Ikon gallery.


The gallery is situated in Brindley Place, in the centre of what looks like a building boom. Birmingham city centre has been transformed in the last few years with word on the street that many of London’s financial institutions are relocating there.

So Ikon presents a major exhibition of fluorescent light works by Dan Flavin. Taking his statement “It is what it is and it ain’t nothing else” as a departure point, Ikon’s exhibition exemplifies Flavin’s emphasis on the importance of the context of artistic experience, capitalising on the variety of interiors that Ikon Gallery has to offer.


One of the earliest works in the exhibition is alternate diagonals of March 2, 1964 (to Don Judd), made shortly after Flavin centred his entire artistic practice on the use of fluorescent light. The bright red and yellow are Judd-like, likewise the fluorescent lamp combinations of white, pink, red, yellow, blue and green in untitled (to Don Judd, colorist) 1–6 (1987). These standard colours are as beguiling as they are industrial and ordinary, together bathing the exhibition space in pale radiant light.


Flavin dedicated many of his works to friends, family and colleagues. At the heart of Ikon’s exhibition is untitled (to Barnett Newman) one, two, three and four (all 1971), an installation that frames the corners of the room and alludes to the older artist’s celebrated series of four paintings, Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue. The work conveys both Newman’s disdain for the picturesque in art and Flavin’s interest in architectural environments.


Even though a gallery attendant young enough to be my daughter telling me I couldn’t photograph the work rubbed me up the wrong way, a few coughs over camera clicks later, I enjoyed the subtle fluorescent pieces, which managed to be somehow convey warmth and a sterile coldness, all in the same breath.

Note to Self:

  • I have been to a few other shows recently. Mention them here.

VR/MR Maker

I was in London for a few days so popped down to a UAL affiliated VR/MR maker day in Chelsea College of Art.


It was fairly informal and there were various desks/sections featuring Arduino, Leap Motion, Virtual Reality etc..I was interested in getting an overview into how one sets up a Virtual reality environment in 3D gaming software Unity, and create a Terrain, work with collidors, prefabs etc..


I also got a demonstration of a 360 3D/Spherical camera the Ricoh Theta S, this is for grabbing 360 live video or still footage. Overall a worthwhile and enlightening day.

Slouching towards Bethlehem

3D orbits + investigation into unfurled textures.



“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world”




“When a vast image out of Spritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert.”




“And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”



Note to Self:

  • The messy feel of this ‘beastie’ is how I want it, as if it has just emerged from some primordial ooze.

Neun Arme

Some 3D grabs + orbits. Unfurled 3D texture detail also.



Actually I had nine arms, dried out in sunlight.
Legs used to be like tentacles extinct in daylight.





Eigentlich hatte ich neun Arme vertrocknet im Sonnenlicht
Eigentlich war’n Beine wie Tentakeln verkuemmert im Tageslicht.




I want my pincers back.



Note to Self:

  • The texture of the terrain works well I think.
  • Explore .stl and .obj files in Blender, and cell fracture.