THIS IS THE NEW SH*T… [WORKING TITLE]
The project started as a branch from my own on-going project named “Hanging Sh*t From Trees”, the project started as I when I was walking, I realised that people where hanging dog-waste bags from fences, gates and more predominantly, trees. This very much intrigued me to photograph these peculiar items, and I found myself getting more and more interested in the concept of these hangings; strange feelings came across me, such as “sympathy” for those bags which had fallen from the tree, or “happiness” for those bags which appeared to have been thrown and landed on a high branch.
This lead me to a few different ideas about why people did this, however I kept coming back to the idea of the shit itself being ornamental [please excuse the word shit, however I find it much more descriptive of the project than any other milder alternatives]. The way in which most bags appeared top have been carefully “placed” in a somewhat loving manner – this therefore raised the idea in my mind about the bags and shit within them being somewhat ornamental; decorative in the fact that they seemed to be added in a decorative manner to the landscape around them, and around me on my walks.
For NICE, I am let the shit out of the bag. As I earlier stated, I never truly saw the photographs as final works, and more as a documentation process for developing the ideas. I want to use NICE as a route for making my work more 3D. During this I wanted to play around with the idea of the shit being ornamental and to create ornamental replicas of shit, in order to engage with my concept more fully. This is not the end of the project, I will be carrying on the concept further, and using the ornamental shits for installations after NICE; so WATCH THIS SPACE!
Here are a few images of some of the completed shits. Comments with constructive criticism and/or praise are more than welcome for the future of the project.
Paul Theo Murray…
The Nice Studio! These are a few images of the Nice Studio, as a whole. There are 6 participants, we each have our own areas in a shared space, but we also have a meeting area and a computer / radio / ipod dock area too. The space is slowly becoming familiar, and more homely, however we’re only 3 weeks in, so WATCH THIS SPACE!…
These images are of my personal space in the Nice Studio, I’m starting to nest quite easily, just a few things needed, like a desk organiser, desk lamp, plant etc, to make the space a bit more homely / organised!
365: Make a Book a Day by Donna Meyer
“Project inspired by Noah Scalin’s Skull-a-Day. A book can be made of almost anything, and I can stretch its definition. Some will be fancy, skilled and take time. Others will be quick-&-dirty, maybe just images, or ephemeral, disappearing books.
The whole point is not really the books. The idea is to expand myself in many ways as an artist and a person, to set up a discipline, stick with it and see what that teaches me.”
My new book is out in bookstores today and online:
If you buy it before midnight, you can enter to win a framed Newspaper Blackout print from 20x200. Details here.
DIY Recycled Book into a Sketch Book. Love everything about this. Tutorial from Cosmo Cricket here. *We are having a huge used book sale this weekend (for the League of Women Voters), and a bag of books will be $3 Sunday afternoon. So look online and see where the used book sales for charities/organizations are near you!