Sunday, 6 November 2016

a slow air




















A Slow Air

Thomas A Clark
Diane Howse

Harewood, 2016                £12 plus postage


In fiddle music, the slow air is usually intended for listening rather than dancing. Principally a means of expression rather than virtuosity (although with frequent virtuosic embellishment) it situates the individual within the tradition. Slow airs may be laments or pastorals.



Thursday, 3 November 2016

hurry slowly


















pause

Hurry Slowly, October 2016
Obu Workers Welfare & Cultural Hall
Obu, Aichi, Japan

















longing


















an insignificant object beautifully wrapped

with thanks to Eiji Watanabe

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Eclogue



















at Little Sparta, September, photograph by Iain Morrison

"I imagine the sheepfold as standing in the meadow grass,
but it might be necessary to add a slab or slabs at the gate,
and even forming a sort of path near the wall, inside. (On
a wet day it does not take long for the grass to be tramped
into mud.) These slabs could be of selected, very flat 'wild'
stones, or possibly riven slate, like the stones which bear
the lettering. If there is a slab or slabs at the gate, we might
use others to form a sort of pastoral approach-path. (Anything
which dovetails in an added artifact is helpful. Nothing looks
worse than an added object abandoned in isolation in a natural
setting. Trees or bushes judiciously placed could be beautiful too."

Ian Hamilton Finlay to Thomas A Clark, January 1998

In 1973, I made a small card placed in an envelope, with
the words "folding the last sheep", the title of an etching
by Samuel Palmer. When the card was taken out of its
envelope and unfolded, it could stand up in the shape of
a sheep fold. It was intended as a modest elegy for the whole
pastoral tradition.

Ian liked the card and pasted it into his scrapbook (the
ultimate sign of approval) and 25 years later had the idea
to actually build the sheepfold, for a garden festival in Germany
and for Little Sparta. It seems the slabs were not necessary !

With thanks to Sharing Little Sparta Residency Programme
2016. This year's residents were Sarah Rose, Peter Manson
and Thomas A Clark






Saturday, 3 September 2016

the grove of delight


















the grove of delight
(doire sholais)

at Harewood House, Yorkshire
until October 2016

















cumulus


















the earthly paradise

















deep blue

Saturday, 20 August 2016

homage to Andrew Marvell














green shade

from The Grove of Delight
Harewood House, Yorkshire
until end of October



Saturday, 6 August 2016

Nietzsche's flag




















"Try to live as if it was still morning" - Nietzsche

















Harewood House, Yorkshire, August 2016

photographs by Diane Howse

Friday, 15 July 2016

Stendhal's Kite

















"Beauty is a promise of happiness" - Stendhal

"In the particular case of promising, as with many other
performatives, it is appropriate that the person uttering
the promise should have a certain intention, viz. here
to keep his word." - J.L. Austin

Stendhal's Kite is published by The Thing Quarterly,
San Francisco.