Illustrated quotes, mostly from Alan McCluskey's novels.
Fragments from the thirty-seven art notebooks I kept between Summer 1991 and October 1997.
Walls of Decline
In a society driven by constant renewal and innovation, amid a refusal to accept decline and decay, we invariably rush unseeing past the immense beauty born of decline. But if we take the time to look, what we discover is most surprising. This gallery takes a closer look at how time and the elements have worn and weathered graffiti – themselves an ephemeral art form – in a quest to find the beauty created by that decline.
Confronted with a surfeit of smart paintings bulging with even smarter ideas, sometimes the walls beside the paintings or elsewhere in the gallery or outside offer more interesting visual prospects. This exhibition brings together a collection of marks and splurges and rustiness and paint peelings that can be startling if you take the time to look at them.