"In 1952, a Berks County folk artist named Johnny Ott started painting and selling colorful, stylized discs inspired by the large, decorative stars that commonly adorned the barns across Pennsylvania German Country (still colloquially known as Pennsylvania Dutch Country). Unlike barn stars, which were painted directly on the sides of structures, the wooden hex signs, a term likely derived from the Pennsylvania German word “hexafoo” or “witch’s foot,” could be ported around and hung not just on barns, but anywhere. Ott marketed hex signs as objects of folk magic, ascribing specific meaning and power to the symbolism on the signs."
— Atlas Obscura, Folk Magic: The Hex Signs of Pennsylvania
I will be exhibiting some photographic prints from canvas abstracts alongside a mini tape-loop installation at Not A Drop on September 28th/29th. Please pop along and say “Hi!”.
— Sam Spreckley
James Turrell, Sooner Than Later, Roden Crater at Kayne Griffin Corcoran
Roden Crater is a natural cinder volcano situated on the southwestern edge of the Painted Desert in Northern Arizona. Since 1972 James Turrell has been transforming the crater into a large-scale artwork that relates, through the medium of light, to the universe of the surrounding sky, land and culture.
"Z + R" camping with secondfloorsceance
“Standing there, on a walk along the whole chain of Hawksmoor churches, we notice five minor obelisks in the fenced area beyond Blake’s burial slab. The Old Street obelisk is aligned beyond the boundary wall: the point of force is discovered. We also come across a lichen diagram, the quadrivium, recognised later in that walk, the conflux of 4 roads beyond St George’s in-the-East, the place where the staked corpse of the Ratcliffe Highway killer was buried. This would relate to the labyrinth plans of the heart-shrine, the innermost sanctuary, that were scratched on the rock face outside the Palaeolithic Cave…”
—Iain Sinclair. Lud Heat. (via how-transient-compared-to-stone)
PRIMARIES (45min, 2 x 35mm projector and live sound)
Image: Sami van Ingen
Sound: Petri Kuljuntausta & Henri Lindström
"Primaries gives cinema a purely visual form, a kind of fundamental visual poetry. It utilizes two modified 35mm film projectors, clear film, opaque film and three bottles of ink. Flickering light, colors and textures are created in real-time, by applying liquid pigments straight onto the film base. The images are created by scraping, coloring and dissolving the film surface before the looped filmstrip goes back into the projector. Primaries allows the audience to see the process of creation, the physical act of manipulation."
Tacita Dean. Tate Modern 2011
Tacita Dean Film 2011 Installation View Tate Turbine Hall
"Landscape suited Woodman despite the fact, or perhaps because of the fact, that the English landscape was far from an ideal of untouched nature having already for centuries carried the traces of human intervention and manipulation. Trees, clouds and water, with little or no representation of people, none-the-less provided Woodman with a ‘subject’ that represented a world outside his control – an ‘other’ of nature that he could only ‘effect’ through choices of what and how to film."