This project commenced in 2009 with the creation of an artwork titled 'Contact Box' that was exhibited at the AOP Gallery in London. The project is currently in progress and new works are being added to the collection. The particular work here was produced during the early part of August 2011.
The project aims to explore the creative process of how we view images, from the ignition of an idea and a desire to create, through to the final presentation of the artwork to the audience. The methodology of the production process is one of un-concepted freedom, using trial and error and the experimental approach.
The fabrication materials brought together for this project reflect my long held interest in re-useable materials such as wood and antique glass and their enchanting ephemeral and distressed nature, as with the 'Margaux' wine box harnessed in this artwork.
Many years ago I worked as a porter for the auctioneers Christies in Glasgow and it was here that my inquisitive nature germinated and was given free rein to explore the collectible objects such as vintage cameras, telescopes, and toys. I was fascinated and marvelled at the magical potential these items bore. They were from a time when the world was exploring the new frontiers of science, and the arts with a passion. The new world of today however feels clinical in comparison, mass manufactured by computer, somehow lacking the magical ingredient of manual experimentation.
I have sought to enjoy this creative process by endeavouring to be and create in the moment, shutting out any consideration of what the audience may desire in their experience and interaction with the artwork, in case in some way it brings about a caustic and polluting anxiety within me that lessens my passion.
For me the importance of learning to play as an artist cannot be understated. For too long my fears about not being perfect in my production of works has been highly counter productive, too afraid to make mistakes, too afraid to experiment less the results are not good enough. This projects seeks to turn this about, through ignoring the voices of criticism and embracing the voice of fun.
Duncan Caratacus Clark, 10th August 2011