David Cross lecture “Research in Art and Design” at the UAL, October, 2012.

Last week I had the opportunity to view the David Cross lecture “Research in Art and Design” on-line, and Cross gave a very enthusiastic and informative talk which I enjoyed, but when he displayed and talked about some examples of his work produced in partnership with Matthew Cornford, I was surprised and disappointed. Not sure what I really expected, but alas the three artworks did not do anything for me. There were no conceptual drawings or models of them shown, which may have been helpful in giving some insight. And apart from the before photos of the site on the first project in the North of England, we were only able to see a single photo of the pile of metal fencing before they started, and just one photo of one side of the finished fencing, with the original brickwork sticking out below. It was hard to tell what the finished project really looked like. The Imperial War Museum commission with the concept of burying many feet of oil pipe in a war zone of Afghanistan was lost on me, and maybe the Imperial War Museum, because they rejected it. The  third commissioned artwork, with the gallery flooring of copper pennies, for me just repeats what has been done many times before, which may have started in the 1960s with Carl Andre’s “pile of bricks” which I think the Tate now owns.  Even though the work of Comford and Cross was not much interest to me, the lecture has got me to reflect on my methods and process of creativity, from the the initial idea, to the finished artwork, so I recommend seeing it.You can see the lecture here…


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