As of 9:22am, Thursday, Oct 11th, 2018
The news is always insisting what is important: now. Then insisting a few breaths later, what is important: now. Innately, we know the news is not new, and that it needs our now, to make the news new. For example, on my screen a red lozenge appears and if I take it: 1 News Update. At precisely the same moment, almost undetected, my chair begins to glow as the morning light enters the room. It appears with such subtly, I can’t tell where it starts, or where it ends. When I look back at my screen, the lozenge has transformed: 2 News Updates.
There is poetry in both:
43 min ago: Man describes seeing cars floating by his window.
22 min ago: Solar-powered drug tunnel discovered.
What transforms me isn’t in the news, although the news can inspire it. It is easy to mistake news for knowledge and sometimes there is knowledge in the news. I have been in the news, and I know, that the now that becomes the news, is nothing the news can ever know.
It could be said, that there is more reporting going on now than in any time in history and that has led some to say that reporting is a commodity and journalism not. I think it is clear we need more of the later.
But yet drawing is my most important report of the day. It’s what stops me from going to the news to get my now.
I draw to observe and acknowledge the cell, the leaf, the thought, the breath and the feeling of now that never make the news.
MUDPUDDLERS, CORN BORERS, POLYMORPHIC PLATYFORMS, opens on November 1st. This is the artist’s first exhibition to focus singularly on works on paper, highlighting an intimate and rigorous drawing practice which has long informed his diverse oeuvre.