Pop-up Museum of Shape & Form

“Vanishing points and delineation lines, like lake ripples from stone skippings, will one day be rendered unseen by nature’s overtaking green.”  (Grant)

The work of Grant grows within a seasonally changing landscape of trees, rivers and pathways.  As a designer, Grant shapes the new, which is subject to manufacturing requirements, materials, space, time, perception, costs,  future trends  and the art of balancing consumer demands with those of business growers. But as an artist, Grant creates works of infinite variation in purely pictorial space.

“To design is  to plan and to organize, to order, to relate and to control. In short it embraces all means opposing disorder and accident. Therefore it signifies a human need and qualifies man’s thinking and doing”  (Josef Albers)

Grant’s model of the Earth is layered chance. “Life tries to re-order slime”, he wrote in a school art essay.

It is interesting that whilst Grant enjoys working on projects that have clear structure and set frames of reference, he delights in shifting his eye to the open space between lines where so much more can be shared by teasing the eye and rippling the mind.

Further reading:

Josef Albers / Despite Straight Lines ‘An analysis of his graphic constructions by Francois Bucher’. [Pub. Yale University Press. 1961]

Vasarely. Plastic Arts of the 20th Century. Collection Ed. Marcel Joray [Pub Editions du Griffon Neuchatel, 1969)

(Hats off to Vasarely and Albers – from the Pop-up Museum of Shape & Form)
(Handworn, dented, creased doing tools – from the Pop-up Museum of Shape & Form)

 

 

 

 

Green Belt Grey Belt

As industrial farming grows, the traditional countryside view of green fields, trees, crops and animals gives way to polytunnels, coated aluminium sheet roofing, concrete yards, greenhouses and floating sea cages.

As the population of the World grows, we demand more food from the earth and ocean than it can produce naturally.  In an attempt to communicate this to those who reproduce in their millions without slowing down, I have started to sketch a series of ideas for future paintings.

This is my first sketch:
Title:    Green Belt Grey Belt. 28cm x 20cm. Pencil and ink.