And now , for another narrative aside and leap into the now, as some times revisiting the past to explain the now gets in the way of the now . So finally after many interesting side roads I've started making these .
I was searching around in the loft and found a box containing a basic teaching reading pack for children that we had picked up from a car boot a long while back . Inside were work books and flashcards which were designed to teach a child basic letters and words , a bit like the Ladybird books .
I've been spending a lot of time on the Facebook group ' Asemic writing : the new post literate' , their ideas and work tying in with my feelings about the impossibility of communication and meaning in these days of spin and illegitimate corporate driven politics ( find the group with this link , take a look , you won't be sorry https://www.facebook.com/groups/76178850228/ ).
So I took the flashcards and remade them into a different kind of an alphabet , using them as key cards for drawing and painting back into my work . which resulted in these two paintings below , which are more work in progress than finished ( is anything ever finished) they contain elements of collage from old Victorian and Enid Blyton books ( chosen for the yellowing and rough woven paper) , some of the words still exist but the narrative no longer makes sense - much like most of modern experience , we have flashes of experience and conversation in multiple windows , none of which tie together.
In some ways they return to paintings from the past , I've used overwriting for a good while , but now they are a thing in themselves, and being very much works in progress they may change . They are a sort of continuance on from some of my glitch work of the last few years , glitch art being probably the most 21st century of art forms , dealing with the deliberate corruption and breakdown of electronic file formats - the resulting corruption represented as video or sound or image , but I will have to deal with that in a later post , as a preview this is my youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/iankeaveny .
Glitch art pretty much occupied me from 2012 till last year but now its time for my painting.
If you want to see some of the best glitch art around checkout this facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/Glitchcollective/
Pages from a book
These are pages from the reading workbooks I'm in the process of modifying, Ive left the original texts as they run nicely counter to what I'm doing with the collage.
And this is the painting which kind of hung around since the beginning of last year annoying me into taking this direction .