Art & Ecology
A haze hangs over town. The circle bus seat windows reflect the vast expanse of the jagged skyline. What are all those buildings for? Where are we going?
Ecology Masks in Time
The greatest surveillance vigilance must be on those who have their digits on the buttons and levers of insidious power.
The Red Queen
Pristine ocean no more
Deep Water. Horizons.
The bunker was deserted,
the animals found.
Art Book Extract -poem 'Descending'
coming up for air
birds 'n fishes
slide sequence - wing beat
from obscure darkness
School Art workshop
School is poison! Conceptual.
Respect to life shared.
To elders, mothers and fathers, who can't be, for the time being.
Peer to Peer.
Fast track graduates. Long hours, no holidays. Woodland walks unnecessary. Promoting instability, deliberately. Boosting demand for pharmaceutical industries.
May. Late Autumn. The Korora arrive from Southern oceans to prepare beachside nesting grounds. Kuakas calling across the Sound. Moas a distant memory.
Groups of people occupy motorway carriageways.
Banners waving, courageous. Celebrate, marching.
Jubilant, turn highways into bye-ways for a day.
Truck driver on the entry slip road, angry, missing the best part of life, 'but I need to make a living, to survive.'
Accelerates, scattering crowds.
So, some are no longer around.
Trucker serves time, solitary confinement, isolated.
Soon be out, for good behavior released.
On a mission, delivering containers to the contained.
Thorny issues, broken landscapes, troubled minds.
Ecology Economy Deficit
alarm bell curves.
Innocence and Experience.
Castle grounds backdrop.
Robber Barons and The Rubber Band manoeuvre.
Fine tune financial and musical instruments', casting spells.
King's ghostly presence across the stage gliding.
A rhythmic beat.
Enchanters mesmerise, charm.
Snare and kettle drums in unison pound.
Ritual ceremonies practiced.
Light show, spotlight encounters.
Night sky occluded.
Camera crew present scan screen stars.
Panning out from the performance, drawing away from the crowds.
A hot desert location.
Beneath the firmament.
Stone moss in blistering heat gathered.
hot desert location - cloudless sky
Ecological diversity evolved in relative environmental stability. Industrial intensification disrupts, accelerates instability. Degrades the natural order.
Acts of Enclosure. Exposure, seasons and change. Automobile closure. Insulated. Acid rain. Plastic oceans, tree limb amputation, desertification. Constriction, fast cut edited. Confirm, relay, affirm. Spatial awareness, limitations. Stifling, concentrated. Oak buds open, turtles return, cardamom flowers. Stars, constellations. Consolation.
As demand for timber diminished, so forests returned.
A lengthy, slow process, almost imperceptible.
And painful for some, like coming up for air from the depths,
avoiding blood stream nitrogen bubbles dissolved.
The laughter that echoed was genuine
and howler monkeys in the canopy agreed.
Anthropocene strata will tell.
Origins and Ghosts in Pockets Forming.
flimsy craft art-world passengers gulp
(approaching a plate boundary fault line)
MMU School of Art
2015 Degree show reflection
Built on the site of cotton mills.
Whitworth Gallery Reflection
Michel Faber's, The Book of Strange New Things. Love and Loss. Alien Innocence. Corporate Allure. Really gets under the skin.
And other animal impressions.
Tate Merseyside reflection tug pool
A familiar voice singing.
Mechanised cadence recedes.
cornish light penlee reflection
abbot hall reflection
Fisherfolk treated the Yangtze river dolphin as a protective symbol.
Natural habits lost in a haze.
Paddling, flimsy craft, approaching a plate boundary fault line, art-world passengers gulp, hearts racing, shielding their eyes. Plummet precipitously over a spray licked, innundated escarpment to icy melt waters below. The earth's curved horizon stretches out before them. Skin thin atmosphere. Gasping for breath.
Swooping low on lakes and rivers, to farmhouse eaves, gathering swallows nest. Festival dreams in streams drawn, stumbling across fields and shaded trees, to crucked roof tithe barn rehearsals. Drums improvise, a driving beat recalled. Traditional garb, toasted politely, welcomed, imbibed. Expectation rises, endorsements, glances exchanged. Notice released, pastoral performance. Scripted, choreographed, recorded. Frenzied terminal phase, in destruction and grief relayed. Cascading showers, branches sway, discarded burdens, leaves torn, flooded trenches spill. Damage assessed, assigned. Fantasy explodes, expires. Flags of allegiance lowered. Dispersal. The parody moves on, with a raised finger and an obliging wave of the hand.
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'dreams in streams drawn'
Crude oil distillation.
Justice's rusty wheels creaking.
Nature's shark loan.
Pied piper dream.
Control tower, waste land.
Murmurations in flight.
Evening migration flocks
return to moss, mud and down.
Robert J & Christine Maria Coleman 2016
And the people that were already there realised.
understanding and power.
Information exchanged, received.
Rich and now they recognised,
the evidence was there to see.
Rhythms and ways passed on in stories,
generation to generation.
Those at a distance met, investigated,
of how ancestors hunted together.
Provision, harvest and seasons recalled.
nor any drop to drink