Because of pressure of work – I am working on a number of large scale projects at the present time – I have decided to combine this blog with my main WordPress visual arts blog: http://ionistartblog.wordpress.com/. I am very sorry for any inconvenience caused but I cannot keep up with my workload at the moment.
Incidentally I am in the process of reducing the number of my literary blogs too. Some of these will remain until the end of the year but my main literary blog will now be: http://ionistart.wordpress.com/
Another consequence of this rationalising of my time is I have killed off all my pseudonyms – most of which had separate artistic careers. There was eight of us all together – initially four but all the pseudonyms wanted pseudonyms of their own! – which is a bit frightening as some of them covered art styles I didn’t really want to associate Gerald Shepherd with! Very dramatic times ahead I fear!
Thank you so much for all those who have followed this (and/or other blogs) over the years. I truly appreciate it. I hope you find my Ionist Art Blog of interest!
Rotary clothes lines, to me, look inherently threatening. This one was broken (for once not my fault!) and couldn’t move very far from this position. It could be a piece of sculpture or could be a character on a stage – when I get a spare moment I will write the play.
At the end of the Eighties I started to work on a series of sculptures with the generic title of “The Firing Squad” with the first work in the sequence consisting of a row of bulbs on a large panel that flashed when the spectator stood in front of them. I don’t think I ever completed it but rather reluctantly moved onto creating metal variants of the theme including this one (the welding was done by a family friend) which is basically a horizontal version reduced in size. It never really worked but perversely it is the only piece left extant. It was exhibited only once under the also only once used pseudonym of Peter Whitty. Incidentally I exhibited other sculptures in the same exhibition under the equally spurious name of Alan Hendricks!
For some reason I photographed the work upside down – the holes should be at the top! I would be very grateful if you stood on your head when viewing it!