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…. GETTING DOWN AND DIRTY (incidents with Walt’s video)

A number of edited incidents from existing images that may influence my contribution to our joint curating of the show on Sunday 4th March.

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As well as recording and highlighting some of the objects/incidents and how they come together there is a strong abstract element that relates to composition. placement and colour  …….. if not the circle within the rectangle ……………

Given the fact that we used the words ‘clutter ‘ – ‘chaos’ – ‘debris’ and such like to describe the appearance of what is in the gallery at the moment I am extremely interested in the method we employ to construct the show …..  and how we ‘compensate’ for outsiders who did not actually experience the unfolding of our ‘exquisite corpse’

As we do clear the gallery I would like to see Penny’s red exits and entrances left to last ….. I like the way they engage directly with the ‘architecture’ of the space and how, when they appear within the structure of many of our photographs, they operate as significant spatial indicators. ( I am eternally a constructivist )

I will probably change some of these images – add or remove some – as I ponder over my contribution to the curatorial process.

I see what we are about to do on Sunday as a reductive editing process ………..  and as we try things out we should continue to document the process …………

David Shepherd 1/3/2012


A selection of re-framed images that identify my interest in developing a relationship with the barred window in the main room of the gallery space and my clothes rack with hangers.

Both Jake and Kathryn engaged(collided) with the rack as they progressed to develop their own ideas …………

Jake carrying a portable record player (playing Frank Sinatra’s ‘ I’ve got you under my skin’) brushing close to the hanging clothes and gallery debris whilst filming reflections in the spinning disc ….. at the same time Kath was pinning strips of torn cloth to the inside of her leather coat and was physically embedded in the hanging paraphernalia      ……..

……… meanwhile I was determined to film this claustrophobic event as closely as possible and as a result of this we became bunched up together in this bizarre incident.

I will be revisting this scenario during the duration of the show and hope to extract video footage, still photographs and installations from the documentation for re-presentation.         D Shepherd 19/2/2012

Barred window from car park

Early placement of rack framing window

Jake and Kath fully occupied ........

Mari's original leather bucket bag with fragments of destroyed plastic bucket in front of barred window (with Jason)

Home studio with curious cat!

Archive imagery from a tannery

More images will be posted with this batch as I isolate them ………………………………. David Shepherd 19/2/2012




This is one of the images from incidents I activated in my studio in Cardiff shortly after visiting the Tannery at St Fagans with the Rhod Group. This incident may lead to working with Penny Jones’s dog as our show progresses!

“Getting down and dirty” identifies my infatuation with job specific process – materials,tools and methods. The imagery and processes represented in my posts will form the backbone of my research into laying down a proposition that will make itself available for manipulation by, with or in spite of the artists within the group !!                  David Shepherd January 2012

Tannery kid


Dragging backwards and forwards.Soak in water. Lime bath treatment loosing the hair and removing the flesh. Stacking and layering the hides. Scrub House. Brewing the mixture. Lasagne. A decent amount of tannin. Remember now – green salted, dry salted, and dry. Cats eat bits of flesh. Enormous sandwich in the tan yard.Polythene sacks.The dogs. (Story of leather – Sara Ware Bassett)

Llusgo yn ol ac ymlaen socian mewn dwr. Triniaeth bath Calch colli gwallta chael gwaled a chael ar y cnawd. Stacio a haenu y chrwyn.Prysgwydd House. Bragu y cymysgedd. Lasagne. Mae swm gweddus o tannin. Cofiwch awr – gwyrdd wedi’u halltu, halltu sych, ac yn sych. Cats bwyta darnau o gig. Brechdan enfawr yn yr iardlliw haul. Sachau polythen. Y cwm. (Mae stori lledr Sara Ware Bassett)



Progressing Imagery (with lime mortar).       Throughout the duration of the show (and beyond) I will continue to work on three other sites in Cardiff in between visits to the Tannery. I will endeavour to relate to the renovated architectural aspects of the building by working on my own garden wall. The preparation of lime putty will mean that this will occur at a later date!



Progressing Imagery (with lime mortar and more)     When the Clothes Rack was erected in the Gallery (with the hanging devices) it immediately became a depository for all sorts of paraphernalia as well as coats and clothing ……. it was always in my mind that it would operate in this manner and it will remain one of the focuses of my attention as things progress …………….


Work in a Cardiff location as I prepare to pack ‘stuff’ to take to the Tannery.

Down Dirty

Working in a Cardiff location with some of the 500 bath towels that are part of an ongoing event at Melin Glonc ……….


Amongst the chaos and wild dynamic of the first day – working collectively with the group and Peter I was able to isolate moments of a very personal selective nature!

Window Rack

This window is particularly interesting from both inside and out particularly with the rack placed very close to the wall ! I will spend some time working with this on my next visit to the Tannery

Peter with Rack

It has always been part of my process to capture incidents that are constructed directly through the lens of the camera … so I will be posting snap shots that represent documentation and material for future works as well as more considered ‘compositions’


Installation at the Mill

The statement below is from my website and describes the essence of my work as an artist … hence the inclusion of the archived work above that is an incident from my current work as Artist in residence at Melin Glonc. The wet dirty towels are in the Tannery show …………..


An arena for identifying images derived from “job specific” activity that interfaces with the past, present and (future) by way of a reclamation and re-presentation process.

Home studio with curious cat


Studio work